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Dunkirk

Fight to the Last Man
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Dunkirk by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, read by Roy McMillan.

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk.

Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings, who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC, who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter, thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him. Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation. Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle.

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He wrote the best-selling Enigma: The Battle for the Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.

©2007 Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic Reviews

"A searing story...both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers." (Tim Gardam, The Times)
"Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence." (Richard Ovary, The Telegraph)

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Excellent in-depth look at a pivotal period

This book is a historical tour de force. It has all the hallmarks of the author's other works, including deep and thorough research combined with appropriate and insightful firsthand accounts. One minor note: access to detailed maps of the relevant regions of Belgium and France would greatly enhance the listening experience.

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Informative but a bit bland

Great detail about opening of the war and the events that followed. Some parts were too indepth and bland for my liking. Overall a good book.

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  • S. Cooke
  • 24-09-2017

Excellent. Only one issue

During the start of the book they make clear that the print book provides maps and you should.purchase it to help.follow the story...Why can't they be provided as PDF documents that you can download?

Other than that, absolutely stunning detail and great narration

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  • David
  • 29-07-2017

Brilliant

Great narrative flows with the small incidents and individual stories creating the very real drama and tragedy of the fall of France and the 'miracle' of Dunkirk. Wonderfully narrated

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  • Kevin Wood
  • 28-06-2017

Gripping and fascinating

Detailed, but also with a gripping narrative. Tinged with blood, valour and tragedy. Highly recommend.

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  • Mr. B. Hayman
  • 26-07-2017

Great read

Great book tells the whole story warts and all. Lots of brave men ! Very graphic in places..

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  • Jack Harrison
  • 01-03-2019

Dunkirk - A revelation.

This is an excellent Audio book in many ways, but especially in terms of the massive amount of information on the weeks and days leading up to the evacuation; and besides that - the gallant actions and personal sacrifices made by countless Forces and Civilian individuals and Units. Much of that is possibly still unknown to most people. The story goes a long way in making sure that those involved will not be forgotten.

It also highlights the despicable actions of SS Units and individual Commanders and troops, as in the sadistic reprisals upon Belgian civilians (including harmless women, children and the old and infirm. Not to mention the evil deeds done to British and other nation's surrendering and/or injured Troops. The SS were of course guilty of War Crimes throughout the war; and may those responsible, rot in Hell.

I must also note that there are between four to six identifiable examples of repeated passages and/or phrases. It does not spoil the book for me, but it must add up to a certain amount of 'Padding'. I'd rather see a thinner product of 100% quality, than a fatter book than necessary.

Jack D. Harrison.

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  • qwerty
  • 14-11-2018

Beats the film hands down

Fascinating, informative, well written and read. I would say essential reading, or listening, for anyone even remotely interested in the period.
Clearly, war can bring out the worst and the best in people but this story of so concentrated and violent turns of fortune brings it all into sharp focus.
Highly recommended.

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  • RichyBoy
  • 16-10-2018

Exceptional narration of important history

An epic story that reveals the abject horrors of the British Expeditionary Force in Northern Europe. Very insightful. The narrator is exceptional. Possibly the best I’ve heard on Audible.

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  • Matt386
  • 30-06-2018

Dunkirk

This is very well researched and written book. At over 21 hours it may seem a little daunting, but I was engrossed from start to finish. The book provides the history of the Dunkirk evacuation and the stories of the young men involved. I also highly recommend ‘The Somme’ by the same author.

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  • paul hadfeild
  • 25-06-2018

Very good book tells the story from another side.

Really goes into depth about a topic usually brushed over ,i highly recomend it .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-2018

Very insightful, damning and real.

In this book the laughs and heartfelt anecdotes are refreshing and remind us of the incredible feats of those fighting tooth and nail. With personal stories, detailed and vivid recollections a plenty this book has a wonderful personal touch - but is still intermittently sprinkled with the brash, cold realities of the Nazi powers. Those with a sensitice disposition to violence, gore and death should take note.

Would receive 5 stars for performance if not for some un-translated phrases. Otherwise - Absolutely amazing.