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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Arnhem by Antony Beevor, read by Sean Barrett.

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel and lasted until the end of the war.

The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

©2018 Antony Beevor (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

For years a lot of shameful nonsense had been written about the role of the Polish brigade and Gen. Sosabowski. In recent years it was the veterans of the British 1st Airborne that led the way in restoring the unfairly tarnished reputation of the General and his men (ironically Sosabowski was at one point asked to lead the division, but refused as he felt it would compromise the potential use of his brigade in Poland). This book does them justice.

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Excellent book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having studied Arnhem a little over the years, watched "A Bridge too Far" many times as well, this book really put some meat to the bone. If you have any interest in Market Garden then this book will not disappoint. I note an earlier comment on the accents within the book and personally I found them quite acceptable, just to address some balance there.

I'm going to listen to Stalingrad next.

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Clear, and insightful

The truly poor quality of Britain’s senior generals beggars belief.

While the high quality of field commanders, soldiers , and Dutch civilians is the exceptional. All the more poignant for the contras between the m.

The self grandisment at one end and incredible self sacrifice at the other.

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Another Beevor classic

This book is essential reading for anyone interested in military history. Antony Beevor displays his formidable narrative and analytical skills in his account of the Arnhem offensive. The book is very well read by Sean Barrett.

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Very Informative and Well Detailed

Listened to it while cleaning and couldn't stop listening to it. Very well narrated too

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Excellent! but...

This book is absolutely amazing!
I've always been very interested in Operation Market Garden and this audiobook goes so deep into the the detail, it largely focuses on Arnhem (given the title) but it does include quite a bit of the American LZs as well, it has made me want to visit the areas too!

However, where I liked the narrator's tone as it felt like it was being told by someone who was there, I like to listen to Audiobooks when I'm on the move, on the bus, walking through town etc, but either from his tone or the volume, his voice always disappeared when there was any background noise, so I found myself having to repeatedly stop until I found somewhere quieter.
Maybe it was just my ear phones, but that was the only downfall.

all in all, I thoroughly recommend!

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Great rendition of a famous battle

Lots have been written about operation market-garden this is one of the best...... good narration and all the facts are there left me with a new understanding of the Dutch hardships and courage

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Wonderful story, irritating narration.

This is one of the most wonderful and underreported parts of WWII. It’s trademark Beevor; detailed and focused, but the totally unnecessary affected American and French accents when quoting key passages and quotes sounded both amateur and embarrassing. It was a real distraction that came up far too often. An utter mess of accents and dialogue.

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Excellent piece of work

A very knowledgeable and extremely interesting bit of work.
Things that stood out for me was the American attitude really was of a poor standard widespread looting of Dutch peoples homes the murder of German POWs (surely a precursor to Malmedy) and the constant complaing about the British of course most of this comes from memoirs and you have to be alive to write these sadly most of the 1st Airborne where not alive at he end of Market Garden which tells a story of its own.

Very interesting

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Very good description of the battle and background

Very good description of the battle and background with a sprinkel of personal stories.
Not too gory but precise depiction of an sometimes horrifying situation/situasjons.
Good narrator, quite dry but likable good and precise.