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Overlord Audiobook

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944

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Publisher's Summary

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe.

Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle for Normandy. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, was born in 1945. He was a scholar at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, before working as foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television, reporting from over 50 countries. He was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, and then for six years edited the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly for his dispatches from the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002.

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    Ronan 06/06/2015
    Ronan 06/06/2015
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    "Excellent unbiased account of Overlord"

    Great audiobook. Well read. It would be great if you could include a PDFs of the campaign maps.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J STAINES, United Kingdom 21/05/2015
    J STAINES, United Kingdom 21/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A True Masterpiece"

    For anyone with even a passing interest in military history and especially World War 2 this is a must have in their library. From a truly remarkable historian who has written numerous well rounded and informative narrative this look at one of the pivotal moments of WW2 is fantastic.

    With a well balanced look from both an Axis and Allies viewpoint the book is raised to the highest heights possible by the narration of Barnaby Edwards. With an easy to listen to voice and the ability to keep me engaged on a long drive without losing focus only adds to this great piece of historical writing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie 05/10/2014
    Eddie 05/10/2014
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    "Max Hastings is a credit to history"
    If you could sum up Overlord in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, horrifying, brilliant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Max Hastings brings to life what happened on those terrible days in Normandy. A very informative book on D Day and after. A book I just kept on reading to the end.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 29/06/2017
    Dave 29/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Top author, top performance"

    Hastings is a fantastic author, and the readers for his books on audible are generally good considering the usual monotonous treatment history audiobooks in particular are often given. Here though the reader goes above and beyond and really brings life to the stories that Hastings tells so well. Highly recommended, and more of the same please!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    richard mckenzie 04/12/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "A Remarkable Listen"
    What did you like most about Overlord?

    It give an incredible overview of the thoughts and opinions of those brave men who stormed the beaches on D-Day


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mix of personal accounts combined with Army and Battalion level detail


    What does Barnaby Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His richness of tone, ability to with between accents and dialects, and his reading style, all added to the enjoyment of the listen


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brave Men, Doing the Impossible


    Any additional comments?

    Simply a stunning book, mace into a stunning listening experience

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Samuel Whitley Bay, United Kingdom 20/07/2015
    Christopher Samuel Whitley Bay, United Kingdom 20/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "SEVENTY YEARS ON WE CAN SEE MORE CLEARLY"
    What made the experience of listening to Overlord the most enjoyable?

    The author's complete mastery of his material, and his ability seamlessly to blend accounts of grand strategy, tactics, the hundreds of small scale engagements that go to make up a battle like this, with personal anecdotage from both sides. It is impossible for a book or a film to recreate the experience of war, but this one comes as near to doing it as anything else I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I relished most about the story was the unflinching way it faced unpleasant facts: incompetent commanders, cowardly officers, men being urged into battle at gunpoint, mistakes that cost lives and war crimes committed by soldiers driven past normal rationalism by the hideousness of war. As George Orwell remarked, autobiography is only to be trusted if it reveals something disgraceful: the same is true of history, and on this showing this is a thoroughly truthful book.


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

    Not that I am aware: but the power of Hastings's writing was very well served by this narrator. His level, well modulated and well proportioned reading added greatly to the book's impact. The truly dreadful thing about war is that it eventually makes the horrific seem everyday, and Mr Edwards's reading helped to emphasise that fact.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, for the simple reason that to do so would have been emotionally overwhelming. I listened to the account of the battle the way it was fought, day by day.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything I know about Max Hastings suggests that if I met him I would find him a very difficult man indeed to like. Nonetheless, in his own field as a military historian, there are very few to touch him.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bella Oxford 01/08/2017
    Bella Oxford 01/08/2017
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    "Not For Beginners"
    What did you like most about Overlord?

    It was very informative and in depth with regards to D-Day and Overlord.


    What does Barnaby Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The ability to listen while driving the car. Reading a book while driving is frowned upon in the UK. Narration was very good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was too heavy for one sitting, plus I needed to research some of the things that were talked about and work out the acronyms that were mentioned, before proceeding.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt I learned a lot but there seemed to be quite a high degree of assumed knowledge of military acronyms, types of weapons, tank types and generally in depth knowledge of WWII. In hindsight I think a book that details D-Day at a higher level would have been a good pre-read before embarking on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle 28/06/2015
    Danielle 28/06/2015
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    "Liked it"

    Good book enjoyed very much. Anyone with even a slight interest will like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david 20/01/2015
    david 20/01/2015
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    "A fantastic account."

    A fascinating account of the turning point of the Second World War. Gripping and shocking in equal measure. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. DONALDSON cambridgeshire,u.k 03/09/2017
    A. DONALDSON cambridgeshire,u.k 03/09/2017

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    "Excellent book. Well read"

    Very good account of D day from all sides. A balanced account showing the difficulties the allies faced. Not afraid to show the shortcomings of allied troops and equipment compared to some other accounts. A good balance of soldier accounts and the overall strategy of the invasion

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  • Robert Yuan
    HILLSBOROUGH, NJ United States
    19/12/14
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    "Only for knowledgable listener"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a big fan of Max Hastings and consider myself very knowledgeable regarding the events of World War II. In retrospect, I must confess that I was not as prepared going into this book as I should have been -- if properly forewarned. Mr Hastings assumes that listener/reader is familiar with the Normandy Campaign. In a very detailed history, he tangentially refers to the development of the campaign only in order to ground his descriptions and analysis of leaders, decisions, and vignettes.


    Did Overlord inspire you to do anything?

    Get a fundamental understanding of the Normandy Campaign before revisiting this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable for the listener/reader who is already familiar with the campaign and seeks details.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deann
    Pasadena, CA, USA
    13/07/15
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    "Good detailed history, but annoying accents"
    Did Barnaby Edwards do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Barnaby Edwards did differentiate all the characters, but I found his exaggerated American accents very annoying and found that distracting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lrjanzen
    Cumberland, RI, United States
    17/11/14
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    "Good read about the Normandy campaign"
    Would you listen to Overlord again? Why?

    yes. Excellent narrator and a pretty good history.


    Any additional comments?

    The usual complaint with Audible's history books. No supporting pdf file with the maps and images.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ted
    New York, NY, United States
    17/09/17
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    "Crude caricatures of American voices"

    No one writes more riveting military history than Max Hastings. His prose manages to be both authoritative and entertaining, and I'm so addicted to it that I've bought literally everything available of his, sometimes in book form, sometimes in audiobook, often both.

    But this particular audiobook has been nearly ruined for me by the narrator's tendency, in the middle of ordinary third-person text, to switch into a crude caricature of what he apparently believes is an American accent whenever he comes to a quote by an American. (Oddly enough, German voices are not caricatured -- quite the opposite, in fact. Wehrmacht officers come off sounding not terribly different from educated Brits.)

    I did a mental double-take the first time the book quoted Gen. Omar Bradley. Suddenly the narrator abandoned his cultured Briish tones and lapsed into a jarring exaggeration of the sort of Southern drawl usually associated with cartoonish Mississippi sheriffs on TV. (Bradley, incidentally, was a Midwesterner, a native of Missouri; he sounded nothing like this.) The narrator takes similar liberties with the other Americans quoted -- and this being D-Day, there are a lot of them.

    Why do some otherwise intelligent audiobook narrators insist on treating a quotation in the text as the opportunity to show off a funny accent? The result, in this case, is downright grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WTJIII
    PACNW
    02/08/15
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    "Great book and performance."

    I think the reading performance was fine. I saw some complaints about his American accents. While certainly more from the Graham Chapman school and not the Hugh Laurie one, his accents served the purpose well. His British accent was pretty good too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James F. Ireland
    02/05/15
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    "Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Overlord to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not Sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very Much


    Could you see Overlord being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    With no prejudice; not a fan of Old English for reading. Difficult (for me) to apply emotion to the characters in story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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