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Juno Beach

Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944
Written by: Mark Zuehlke
Narrated by: Steve Kehela
Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, written by prolific military historian Mark Zuehlke, recreates June 6, 1944, from start to finish in impressive detail. The retelling of this iconic day in history is incredibly well-researched, informed by both historical records and comprehensive veteran accounts. World War II buffs will find the harrowing personal stories in Juno Beach particularly compelling. American actor and voice-artist Steve Kehela gives a dramatic performance. His strong and clear voice suits this audiobook's tone precisely. His skilled pacing makes this 14-hour military tome approachable for even the armchair historian.

Publisher's Summary

On June 6, 1944, the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among them were 14,500 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile-long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a dangerously exposed beach.

Drawing on personal diaries as well as military records, Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada's pivotal contribution to the critical Allied battle of World War II.

©2005 Mark Zuehlke (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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A Disappointment

Mark Zuehlke is an excellent historian and writer.
It's a shame that the narrator had so little respect for the work and the listeners that he didn't prepare. His mispronunciations of Canadian military terms and ranks, as well as Canadian place names, made the whole thing impossible to listen to. I think Audible should re-do this one with someone who can read it correctly.

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Great

Author composed a great piece of work outlining many small details of OP Overlord that several other authors glance over.
The one glaring issue is the narrator. Mr. Kehela is clearly not Canadian, as he cannot pronounce half of the regions/regiments correctly. He also seems unfamiliar with many of the military abbreviations and their common speech.
I'd recommend reading the work rather than listening to the audio book.

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Find a Canadian Narrator

A important book for Canadians interested in the history and prosecution of the Second World War by Canadian Soldiers.

BUT the narration unfortunately while excellent in terms of delivery was cringe worthy to say the least in terms of the pronunciation. Canadian names demonstrated that the narrator was a typical American without much knowledge of Canada. It's Regina as in vagina not regeena and other examples of Canadian names and places. The French faired a little better but not much.

Please find Canadians to narrate books about Canada.

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Try again. Great story but terrible presentation.

Absolutely terrible pronunciation. No professionalism or effort to get it right. Try harder next time.

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great story, but poor preformance

I loved the book, but the narrator needs to look up proper pronunciation of names of units and locations. It's driving me insane, thank God Mark Zuehlke writes like he does.

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narration and editting so bad it killed the book

Zuehlkes story telling is captivating and I am torn as to buy another on audible. The narrator continuously called a Canadian Capitial city with the wrong prononciation though the city is mentioned sometimes 10s of times a chapter. The idea that no one noticed or corrected it is infuriating and mind boggling.

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Pronunciations

Great book but wrong pronunciation of Regina as Regeena very off putting as a Canadian.

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Important and oft Overlooked Canadian History

Nestled up north and dominated by American media, it is easy to not learn much about Canadian History, even the loudest and most important bits (of which Juno Beach is just one small piece!). World War II is in transitioning into the past, and by that I mean the true dead past, out of living memory for all-time. Efforts like these pay dividends for generations.

Zuehlke adopts a lovely historical style: official military records combined with the living accounts of soldiers, with aggregate soldier accounts generally overriding official record if there's a disagreement. Feel free to disagree with that style and prefer another, but I appreciate it. I like hearing from boots on the ground, even if the memories are old and a little flawed. We can trust they are probably vividly remembered, often traumatic memories.

I have to knock a little on the narrator, Steve Kehela. Although generally a good performer, he seemed to be pure anglophone, and could not come remotely close to pronouncing French words well. This is a bit of a persistent issue, seeing as D-Day occurs in Normandy, France and that quite a few Canadian soldiers are Quebecois/Francophone.

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Good book

The book is great, narrator is easy to listen to, but seems to need a bit more familiarization with the topic, very often spelling out abbreviations with th “S” at the end when its intended to as the plural, eg. LCTs , NCOs, FOOs, not a huge deal, but does get somewhat distracting.
Overall I liked it.

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Comprehensive and Fascinating

Finally an author that does for Juno Beach what Stephen Ambrose did for Omaha and Utah. It's a well-researched and comprehensive look at the huge part the Canadians played on D-Day. However, I could have done without the mangling of Canadian and French names and the too-frequent mispronunciation of other words.

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  • David
  • 2012-09-22

Well done book, narration annoying

This is a Canadian telling of the Normandy landings. Overall, well done. The narrator has a problem distinguishing the plural form of abbreviations. So he talks about an LCA (Landing Craft Assault) and when he sees LCAs, he doesn't see that as the plural form of LCA. He reads it as L C A S. It was confusing as I had to catch on that he wasn't talking about someting different. (I had never heard of an LCIS, but I knew what an LCI was.) He also makes some other mistakes like referring to Drop Zone 5, when it's supposed to be the letter V, but he refers to V Corps instead of 5 Corps. If the narration hadn't had these ongoing annoyances this could have been a 5 star book.

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  • Hitmankf
  • 2012-04-17

Good book Terrible narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes for someone who is interested in Canadian history.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Get a new narrator, one who has some idea about Canada and has some idea on French and German pronunciation.

How could the performance have been better?

Get a new narrator, one who has some idea about Canada and has some idea on French and German pronunciation.

Did Juno Beach inspire you to do anything?

Read more Canadian history.

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  • Michael
  • 2012-02-19

Disappointed

What disappointed you about Juno Beach?

The narration is mechanical, stilted, and rife with mispronunciations - especially with respect to German or French names or terms. I hope this is not the case, but it sounds to me like the narrator did not read the book in advance or do any preparation. Listen to the book to get a different perspective - a Canadian perspective - and not a British, American, or German one - but be prepared to have to suffer through the narration and a writing style that could have used better editing.

What was most disappointing about Mark Zuehlke’s story?

I suppose it's necessary to tell readers the back story about the run up to D-Day, but the story as told by Zuehlke contains very little new facts and so, if one does know the history, is a rather boring start. I also disliked the insistence on using the abbreviations for the types of boats, or the full name of officers, etc. The first time it's

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Kehela?

Someone like Robertson Dean - an expressive voice, who can also separate out narration from quotes. And who clearly does his homework in advance.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Revealing the Canadian experience was important. It did add to my understanding of the battle and the perspective, though poorly delivered, was valuable.

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  • Terry and Amy
  • 2012-02-25

History Little Known...

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I found the stories written from a first person's experience to be interesting. Although there were often mis pronunciations, the story was still compelling.

Canada is famous for being a steadfast ally but little is written about the important role played during D Day. I'm very glad the Canadian soldier's story and sacrifices has finally been told.

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  • Philip
  • 2014-04-17

The WORST narrator ever

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book might be good for someone who doesn't know or doesn't care at all about the correct pronunciation of places, names, units, acronyms, or even English words.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Clearly this narrator has no understanding of Canadian military history. And nobody bothered to do any production work to ensure an appropriate standard in the quality of the narration.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Juno Beach?

No scenes, just the editor.

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  • theinglebaby23
  • 2013-03-24

Interesting and unfamiliar side to the d-day story

What did you like best about this story?

It's similar to the common narrative we frequently read, but gives us the perspective of the "other end" of the Normandy beaches. So if you are into the Normandy story, this is a great addition.

What three words best describe Steve Kehela’s performance?

Bad. Reads like he's half computer. Absolutely horrible German pronunciation - something you'd think they'd screen before narrating a WWII book. Doesn't detract for the story however.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-09

Unfortunate narration

Overall this book tells the very critical and often overlooked Canadian landing on June 6,1944, sadly however despite having good tone the narrator clearly had no familiarity with many of the terms, names associated with these events and butchered most of them. Had that not been the case this would have made this a much better listen

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  • MotoDouma
  • 2019-05-21

an often overlooked piece of Canadian history

I'm so glad that this book was written to Chronicle the events of DDay at Juno beach. I learned a great deal. My only hope is that more is written to help frame the day from a human and historical perspective. This book makes the attempt but leaves room for improvement.

the performance was ok.. . but the awful pronunciation of French towns and even some Canadian ones had me scratching my head. this seems like a basic qualification for this performance.

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  • Jeff Wise
  • 2018-07-19

Great book, but the narration.....

You would think that if the narrator was going to read a book about Canadian soldiers in France, he would learn how to pronounce Canadian cities & vernacular, and perhaps some French words.

Honestly the content is excellent, but it was hard to get past the poor narration.

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  • Drake Poldragon
  • 2017-09-19

Detailed, Delightful & Emotional

Full marks for this audiobook, the narrative thread is very strong which helps capture the personalities of those involved in Juno Beach on D-Day whilst not dropping the ball on providing facts and figures in great detail.

The narrator was very good, but seemed to be struggling with the French and German names, this may have been in an attempt to mark them clearly. He also, after being so exacting with the continental names still didn't get some British place names correct, this wasn't an issue, just a source of a little ammusememt.

I fully reccommend this book. 🇨🇦

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