Bestselling author Rick Atkinson has received numerous accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award. In The Guns at Last Light, Atkinson mines a wealth of new material to present a nuanced look at the Allies' triumph. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle for Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the European war's final campaign, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich - all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Rick Atkinson's remarkable accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West.
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"D-Day represents the starting point of this mammoth work, which covers the last two years of WWII. From there, it goes on to recount the challenges and successes of the Allied push to end the conflict. L.J. Ganser uses his insistent voice to keep the story moving. His mid-range tone has a nasal tinge, and he pronounces the French and German passages accurately and with feeling. He generally stays away from character differentiation, just slightly varying his voice to let us know that someone is talking. There are times when the sheer weight of the story, the statistics, and the military jargon get to be a bit much, turning Ganser into a reciter rather that a narrator, but given the book's length and scope, that's a minor complaint. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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