D-Day: June 6, 1944 -- The Climactic Battle of WWII

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Written By: Stephen E. Ambrose

Narrated By: Stephen E. Ambrose

Date: June 1994

Duration: 5 hours 57 minutes


Stephen E. Ambrose’s D-Day is the definitive history of World War II’s most pivotal battle, a day that changed the course of history.

D-Day is the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their lives, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination—what Eisenhower called “the fury of an aroused democracy”—that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.

Drawing on more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans, Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion had to be abandoned, and how enlisted men and junior officers acted on their own initiative when they realized that nothing was as they were told it would be.

The action begins at midnight, June 5/6, when the first British and American airborne troops jumped into France. It ends at midnight June 6/7. Focusing on those pivotal twenty-four hours, it moves from the level of Supreme Commander to that of a French child, from General Omar Bradley to an American paratrooper, from Field Marshal Montgomery to a German sergeant. Ambrose’s D-Day is the finest account of one of our history’s most important days.


  • Shane

    I think the book is probably OK. The history is well done. The story is well told. The characters well defined. But this guy should have let someone else do the reading. I stopped early, because I couldn't stand it anymore. There were a couple of spots where I was genuinely afraid the poor guy wasn't going to make it he sounds so bad.

  • Anonymous

    Outstanding book! The listener can hear first hand the experiences of the many brave individuals who participated in this battle. Having the author read it is an added plus.

  • John Stollar

    Excellent book but somewhat bothered by the speech problems of the author. Not sure why the producers let Ambrose do the read. Still, very informative and well planned book, covering the invasion from A-Z.

  • Bonnie

    I usually avoid books when the writer is doing the narrating. Ambrose did a pretty good job although he either had a lisp or badly fitting dentures. No matter. It's a really good story compounded by the fact that it's a true story. The discs that I had skipped - every one of them - which distracted from the the tale, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Anonymous

    The story of D-Day told through personal stories of people involved. If you don''t like history, you won't like this.

  • Tony Franz

    An awe inspiring book. Read it and then feel free to shake the hand of a combat veteran and offer a special salute to those men who had to step off ramps, unto heavily mined and obstacled beaches and then under merciless fire take heavily armed enemy positions. What men they were.

  • Paul Harbison

    Stephen E. Ambrose devotion to the soldiers of World War II is on the same scale as those soldiers, sailors, and airmen who sacrificed the ultimate sacrifice -their lives. This audio book list the logistical, environmental, command and control issues that took place on both the American and German side prior to D-Day. Ambrose's personal touch of using actual D-Day veterans to describe the horrors of this 20th century battle gives the reader the small insight into the bravery of these men who fought for their country. I highly recommend listening to this audio CD if you have any respect for the brave individuals who fought in any war. It will make you appreciate our veterans even more!

  • David Stricklin

    Stephen Ambrose is the master of taking the individual stories of the common soldier and then weaving them into the larger story of historical events. While listening to D-Day, I found myself really caring what happened on that fateful day. Furthermore, I developed a much better understanding of the how and why of the invasion of Europe. History is about people, and Ambrose is a great story-teller who is able to bring the people to life in this account of D-Day. When I listened to this book, I found myself wanting to keep driving just so that I could keep listening. I listen to the books as I drive in my car. You can't go wrong with a book by Stephen Ambrose.

  • Chris Milson

    The book is good - but the author is obviously a better writer than narrator. I found his voice monotonous and uninspiring.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    Another fabulous historical effort by Ambrose. Along the lines of Band of Brothers and his other books. Well written and very interesting. I wish it were in the unabridged form because I really wanted to hear/learn more.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the author did a good job walking the reader through the events that lead up to D-Day and also mixing the eyewitness accounts when it made sense.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely the best read on the subject.

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