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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor, read by Cameron Stewart.

The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front.

As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.

©2009 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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brilliant book but please drop the accents

As always Antony Beevor delivers a magisterial study, beautifully written. Cameron Stewart reads it well, at just the right pitch and pace, EXCEPT for the stereotypical accents he adopts when reading dialogue. The German sounds like something from Hogan's Heroes, the French from 'Allo Allo and, as a born-and-bred Belfast man, I just cringed each time he tried a north of Ireland accent. unnecessary, Mr Stewart. Highly recommended. I agree with another reviewer; even though I've visited the Normandy battlefields 6 times now, I found a detailed map really useful when listening to help me place the action in context, and understand the interactions between the different sectors at any given point.

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comprehensive account of d-day through to Paris.

Really good. Overview of all military actions, peppered with stories of success, failure, bitter comedy and horror. Finished the book with a far greater understanding of the subject than I started with.

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First attempt at history on tape.

Wasn't sure about the accents to start with but realised they did help when jumping between quotes.

It's very hard to keep track of statistics without a notepad to write them down! Not that they mattered much to the overall book.

Hardest part for me was not having the references to support the content, which is clearly a down side of a narrated history book. A podcast which is intended for audio will references items out loud.

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Terrible.

The accents are the worst I've ever heard on an audio book. I tried to ignore them but gave up at chapter 10. Beevor is great historian but the narration is absolutely terrible. I'm furious and will demand my money back.

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Thorough to a fault

Thorough to a fault, with its endless mantra of regiment names, but at it's best when anecdotal or illuminating statistics. You will need a good map of Normandy to follow events or much will be fairly meaningless.

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Antony Beevor excellent as usual

gives a real feeling of how people behave in that dreadful situation and the dynamics failures and successes of leadership .

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interesting and well read but not about D day.

D day makes up about the first quarter of this book. given its title it really should have covered it in more depth instead of following the armies into France and to Paris.

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Great to listen risen in at work

Please don't put the accents on they really don't work but enjoyed it I think it could be made a bit louder as it was hard to hear every now and then

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Very detailed description of D-Day and Normandy

Some times too much detail but is great to listen as the Normandy campaign was a great story to be told. Really brings out the horrors of war by numbers. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic book

If you could sum up D-Day in three words, what would they be?

Concise, informed, detailed

What did you like best about this story?

The level of detail

Have you listened to any of Cameron Stewart’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I didn't need the accents

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The level of futile destruction

Any additional comments?

Great listen, anyone with a passing interest in WW2 will love this, answers lots of nagging questions.

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  • Christian Jorgensen
  • 03-08-17

Great, detailed and compelling

Would you consider the audio edition of D-Day to be better than the print version?

The main hurdle of the audio edition is that you (or, at least, I) need to get a hold of a map to follow the often very detailed movements of troops.

What other book might you compare D-Day to and why?

This is a great supplement to Beevor's book on The Second World War.

What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cameron Stewart is a great narrator. The one thing I personally dislike is the "fake accents" he does when quoting sources, but I suppose that is down to personal taste.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When the narrator consistently called the Leibstandarte SS for the Liebstandarte (Lieb means love in German).

Any additional comments?

A great and compelling story. Highly recommendable.