Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

Written by:
Stephen E. Ambrose
Narrated by:
Tim Jerome

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2012
12 hours 55 minutes
Stephen E. Ambrose’s classic New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series about Easy Company, the ordinary men who became the World War II’s most extraordinary soldiers at the frontlines of the war's most critical moments. Featuring a foreword from Tom Hanks.

They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn to Airborne by the $50 monthly bonus and a desire to be better than the other guy. And at its peak—in Holland and the Ardennes—Easy Company was as good a rifle company as any in the world.

From the rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to the disbanding in 1945, Stephen E. Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company. In combat, the reward for a job well done is the next tough assignment, and as they advanced through Europe, the men of Easy kept getting the tough assignments.

They parachuted into France early D-Day morning and knocked out a battery of four 105 mm cannon looking down Utah Beach; they parachuted into Holland during the Arnhem campaign; they were the Battered Bastards of the Bastion of Bastogne, brought in to hold the line, although surrounded, in the Battle of the Bulge; and then they spearheaded the counteroffensive. Finally, they captured Hitler's Bavarian outpost, his Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.

They were rough-and-ready guys, battered by the Depression, mistrustful and suspicious. They drank too much French wine, looted too many German cameras and watches, and fought too often with other GIs. But in training and combat they learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew. They discovered that in war, men who loved life would give their lives for them.

This is the story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a company that took 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple Heart was not a medal—it was a badge of office.
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Roger A.

Excellent book, added so much extra to the tv series which in it self was brilliant

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Mark hughes

Great book. I could listen to it again. Highly recommend!

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John M.

Watched HBO's series many times but Ambrose added a subtle emotion that made it a fun to listen to. The narrator was very good and made it enjoyable and smooth. I only wish it had lasted longer...

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great tribute to the greatest generation.

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Paul C

Great site!

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Tim Bolduc

Great book! The unabridged is the best version. Dick Winters book is great too!

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I really dislike 'abridged' books, they always seems choppy to me, and I feel like I've missed something. To hear more about the development of characters of this Band of Brothers, would have been a good thing. However the book was a good reminder of what our men endured during this war.

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Bruce Curson

I hate abridged versions but this was all that was available ... and after listedning, my opinion on abridged work still remains solidly intact. There is no doubt that the story and characters would have been much more developed for the listener if the whole book wasn't crammed into 5 CD's. In this "abridged review", I admit that I got the jist of the story and am sure this version did not give the Mr. Ambrose's full work its due justice.

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Fascinating and riveting. A terrific story, well researched and well read. I foolishly listened to the abridged version, and it seemed too short. Highly recommended, but savor the unabridged version.

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Highly recommended! Well written and researched this book tells a story everone who didn't live through World War Two should read.Mr. Ambrose effectively and movingly tells the stories of true American hereoes.

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Janice Church

Dramatic - difficult to stop listening. Vivid descriptions of being in the front lines of WWII in France, Holland, Germany. Interesting how France and US competed to get to Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berechtesgaden first so they could plunder first. Some things never change. Glad that Easy Company at least got some of Hitler's silverware -- small reward for so much death and suffering. I highly recommend if you want to experience firsthand like it really was for Easy Company.

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Maybe it's because it was abridged, maybe it's because I am a girl... but I was disappointed in this book - and I never even saw the mini-series. They were a "Band of Brothers," but the author spent most of the time describing the battles and not developing the relationships between the soldiers that made one feel they were actually brothers. I am in the Navy, so could appreciate the horrors of war I will never have to face; but there are plenty of books that describe war. I was hoping for more character development.

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KC Pollak

I was a little let down by this book, not because of the book itself but because of this particular narrator. I thought he did a lousy job of conveying emotion and subtleties. His read was dry and somewhat emotionless in what could have been such a great book. I would have enjoyed it so much more otherwise. I found myself drifing in and out and having a hard time concentrating.

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Autumn Young

It was interesting and then not and then interesting and so on. It was not without it's moments but the names and places were hard to follow since they changed a lot. But I feel I gained personal insight to the inner personal workings of the EZ company and the perspective of the war heros and combatants.

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Warren Boroson

Vividly conveyed the horror of war -- and the experience of fighting in World War II.

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Aubree U.

Fabulous! Stephen Ambrose is amazing at presenting facts in ways that paint beautiful stories. If you've watched the movie before listening to the book, however, you are in for a slight let-down.

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