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  • Voices from D-Day

  • Eyewitness Accounts from the Battle of Normandy
  • By: Jon E. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Summary

The extraordinary and compelling story of the 6th of June, 1944, Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy is told here through first-hand testimonies from civilians and soldiers on both sides.

It features classic accounts by soldiers such as Rommel and Bradley, together with frontline reports by some of the world's finest authors and war correspondents, including Ernest Hemingway and Alan Melville.

Highlights of this unique collection include the break-out from Omaha beach as told by the GI who led it, a French housewife's story of what it was like to wake up to the invasion, German soldiers' accounts of finding themselves facing the biggest seaborne invasion in history, a view from the command post by a member of Eisenhower's staff, combat reports, diaries, and letters of British veterans of all forces and services, and accounts of the follow-up battle for Normandy, one of the bloodiest struggles of the war. < /p>

The Allied armada involved over 5,000 craft, which had by the end of "the longest day" succeeded in landing 156,000 men, and in breaching Hitler's much vaunted defensive wall. Dramatic and historic though the events of D-Day were, they were but the opening shots of a much larger and equally remarkable battle - the battle for Normandy. It took the Allies ten weeks of bloody fighting to get out of Normandy, during which the infantry casualty rate rivalled that of the Western Front in the First World War.< /p>

This book is the story of that fateful day, the preparations which led up to it, and the ten weeks of fighting in Normandy which followed it, told by the men and women who were there, who witnessed it at first hand. It is compiled from interviews with scores of veterans, from diaries, memoirs, and letters.

Occasionally, exact chronology has been sacrificed in the interests of communicating better the experience of Normandy, for above all this is a book about how the invasion looked and felt to those who were there. It is often brutally honest, far removed from the comfortable romantic version of D-Day and the battle for Normandy. (For example, there are accounts here of crimes committed against German POWs by Allied soldiers.)

©1994 J. Lewis-Stempel (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Sadly Amazing

Amazing stories from all aspects of war.
Sad they had to face such dreadful challenges.

Beautifully narrated.

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Great variety of accounts

This was really interesting - the accounts have been put together really well and it flows.
It gave me a real insight into the horror of D day - if your into books on WW2 then this is highly recommended.

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Riveting

Amazing accounts of a times I hope we'll never know. Great narration too, plenty of accents.

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Amazing Storey

It was a pleasure to listen to the account s of all the great men and women that took part in this epic battle between good and evil.

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Fantastic book from start to finish

Love this book. I have always enjoyed this type of book short individual accounts. Very informative book with very sad and moving accounts from both sides. Will most definitely read again. I wasn't a fan of the accents used to highlight Americans, French etc , I would very much recommend this book

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D DAY

very interesting insight from both sides of what happened on the day lots of interesting people would recommend.

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Voices from D-Day

The reader of this book ruined my listening of it with his many accents and dialects all very poor.From his American through to his German and French and British local accents plus his Welsh and Scottish accents sometimes sounding like Noel Coward in full swing.I was on the verge of sending it back and swiping it but found out it had only cost me £3 so I stuck with it.

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Great accounts from dday, poor performance

lots of great accounts of the dday landings and the battles to capture France back from the Nazis. shame the person reading couldn't get his accents on with the characters from somerset or Wiltshire. I know these areas well and the people sound quite different ;) .

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Worth downloading

A very moving story told brilliantly.
I’ve listened now to a few of Peter Nobles and worth noting 👍

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Excellent

Very much enjoyed this the author doing the voices for each person really sound that they themselves are talking directly to you. All where true hero’s I have a great deal of respect for those who took part on D Day