Band of Brothers (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

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.

Tim Jerome
hr min
February 21
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

BCW23 ,

Great book

Great book but so annoying that the reader mispronounces the names of Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye.


People that rate 1 star, are anti-American communists

Clearly a joke, calm down guys

AtomicMummy ,

Narrator 3 stars/Book 5 stars/WWll Veterans 10 stars

Haven’t found a book by Ambrose that I didn’t like. These men are phenomenal, their character, resolve and sacrifice is humbling. I am so glad someone capable of telling their story got to so. I am a little disappointed with the narrator. While he does have a good voice he mispronounces a few of the key veterans last names. I don’t know how this happens when he seems to be able mimic how some of the men spoke and accurately pronounces names of French towns. I don’t know how this wasn’t caught and it just feels disrespectful, pulls me out of the book and have had to re-listen to a few chapters because I find myself thinking about what they must have thought. I’ve got two young kids though, no time to actually read a book so this will do till I am actually able to sit and read it myself.

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