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  • Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944
  • Written by: Mark Zuehlke
  • Narrated by: Steve Kehela
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Juno Beach

Written by: Mark Zuehlke
Narrated by: Steve Kehela
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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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  • Categories: History

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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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Why Can’t Audible Find a Canadian to Narrate?

The story is great. I learned a lot about the Canadian’s work at Juno Beach.

But the narrator sucks. He can’t pronounce Regina, lieutenant, gunwale, coxswain, amount a significant number of other words. How about some quality control, Audible!?

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Narrated by robot or world’s worst narrator?

Lots of comments on the terrible pronunciation of Canadian geographical places - but this guy butchers German words, French words, and even basic military terms (like cupola or gunwale). It’s so bad it’s literally a distraction from what is otherwise a terrific history.

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Good, but ....

A fine history marred by inattentive production. The narrator was left to mispronounce several basic words, such as Regina and lufftwaffe. it became a distraction.

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Narration was an embarrasment

Very well written and dramatic account of the Canadian contribution to D-Day however the narrator was an insult to Zuehlkes' research and writing. Names and simple terms constantly mispronounced and the audio should have been carefully reviewed before release.

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