Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book


Fall 2014 Audio Book
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Macmillan Audio
CD Price: $29.99

Released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 2014), Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Atkinson's audiobook is a condensed chronicle of the weeks leading up to D-Day and the harrowing and heroic assault-one of history's greatest invasions-when Allied forces during World War II struck a fatal blow to Hitler's war machine and began the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation.

Adapted from Atkinson's New York Times #1 bestselling "The Guns at Last Light," this audiobook for young readers effectively captures the personalities, atmosphere and events of those months of secret preparations and planning, of moving a mindboggling amounts of military supplies and numbers of soldiers into position for that momentous day.

Young history buffs will probably consume this 3.7-hour audiobook eagerly and the drama of those bloody beaches and pounding artillery is more than enough to sustain their interest. But those not so enamored with history might find that what makes Atkinson's books award-winning reads-namely, his in-depth research, his facts and figures, his details upon details-translates in audiobook form to borderline tedious.

Hearing statistics like the total weight of the maps used in planning the invasion, or the death counts, or the inventory count of Allied military vehicles, weighs down the audio story. Neither narrator Jason Culp's monotone voice nor his voice acting quotes from Churchill, Eisenhower and other of D-Day's most famous personalities convey the richness of Atkinson's book. Not to mention that the audiobook offers none of the photographs and maps that an actual book contains.

Don Oldenburg   ©2014 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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