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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
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
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Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.

Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualities and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose tell the stories - often in the men's own words - of these American hereoes.

©1998 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the critics say

"A first-class explanation of what crack infantry troops are like....Addicts of military history will relish its finely detailed account.....Stephen Ambrose's thorough research and clear organization have produced a highly readable account of the heroic service of this "band of brothers" he so unstintedly admires." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"As a member of just such a unit...I am impressed by how well Mr. Ambrose has captured the true essence of a combat rifle company." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A valuable and fascinating record....In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them." (The Times-Picayune)

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A great read

I very much enjoyed reading this book. It’s insights into what took place in World War II through the company was simply amazing to listen to. So many stories with in this book that are worth hearing

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  • Scott
  • 2013-02-12

High Expectations Met

I've read this book several times and enjoyed the HBO series, so my expectations were quite high with this audiobook. Do not be put off by reviews that are dismissive of the narration. Tim Jerome's sober narration is entirely appropriate for this powerful work of nonfiction.

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  • Jim Wilson
  • 2012-10-24

D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne - Amazing!

If you could sum up Band of Brothers in three words, what would they be?

My deepest respect.

What other book might you compare Band of Brothers to and why?

We Were Soldiers Once and Young

Have you listened to any of Tim Jerome’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first book i listened to on Audible.

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

No - I used it as a commuter book.

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  • David
  • 2012-09-22

You HAVE to pick the Unabridged version

Well told story of amazing men. Well done narration. Only better book by Ambrose is Pegasus Bridge which I haven't see as an audio book. These are such great men. Read this one first and then there are so many others that have come out since focused on individuals. There is so much great literature on Easy Company. This is the place to start.

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  • Steve
  • 2012-06-25

a must for history buffs

one of the best history writers of our time.... gripping
I listen to audio books on my hour commute each way to work. many times I have sat in my driveway unable to turn off the car.

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  • Christopher
  • 2014-05-22

Greatest Generation

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Like most, I've seen the HBO series "Band of Brothers". I also wanted to go deeper into the story so I purchased the e-book as well as the audible version. I recently finished the book and have a new appreciation for the Greatest Generation. They truly deserve that name by the sacrifices they made to help make this country what it is today. The audio version of this book is excellent and the narrator does a terrific job. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and others on the topic!

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  • Brian
  • 2013-10-06

The Facts Behind the Series

Would you consider the audio edition of Band of Brothers to be better than the print version?

I Didn't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

The parts left out of the series and the facts that were part of the series

What about Tim Jerome’s performance did you like?

Good clear speaking voice that kept me wanting more

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Band of Brothers of course

Any additional comments?

Wonderful book about factual events

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  • James
  • 2012-06-26

Excellent unabridged book, average narration

I appreciated this audiobook, even after seeing the HBO miniseries and listening to the abridged version of the audiobook. This unabridged version has quite a bit of additional detail that I had not heard (or seen) previously, and I enjoyed hearing the story over again. Tim Jerome's narration is competent though, to my ear, it was not as good as Cotter Smith's reading of the abridged version or as good as George Wilson's reading of Citizen Solders.

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  • Tyler Gordon
  • 2018-06-30

A Company of Hero’s

Band of Brothers is the story of one of the greatest military companies ever to have been formed. It is the story of how ordinary citizen soldiers bonded together to become who we know them as today. These men helped free the world from the Nazi Regime the had taken over much of Europe at the time. However what is more remarkable about this story is that these men faded back into society without asking or demanding a single thing for what they had done.

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  • Earl
  • 2013-06-02

Everyone Needs to Know

Where does Band of Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All American's need to be aware of the great sacrifices that the generations of these men gave for the freedoms that we take for granted daily. Stephen Ambrose is one of our countries greatest historians.

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  • Bethany Nystrand
  • 2019-03-21

An inspiring story

i absolutely loved this book. I watched the series first because I had no idea there was a book. now that I've read/listened to it, I have no words. none. I loved all the characters (especially Winters and Nixon) and I loved hearing about their journey.
the narrator was fantastic.