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Easy Company Soldier

The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'
Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.

In the darkness of D-Day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and, within days, was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for 23 days in Normandy, nearly 80 in Holland, 39 in Bastogne, and nearly 30 more in and near Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.

©2008 Don Malarkey and Bob Welch (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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  • David Ewing
  • 28-09-2010

Solid American Greatness

I've read through nearly all the materials surrounding Easy Company and this account is fantastic for fellow enthusiasts as well as people new to the story of this remarkable company. Malarkey and Welch make sure they explain everything they encountered as if the user has NOT seen the HBO miniseries or read other books, but there is also a great deal of the personal stories and perspectives of Don Malarkey that make it a valuable point of view for those that had read many of the other memoirs. Lloyd does a great job reading the story with expression and clarity. Malarkey and Welch begin the recount at a dramatic moment - in the frozen woods near Bastone and in riveting detail, describe the harsh conditions of life on the front line. Then they backtrack to the beginning of Malarkey's life and provide a colorful view into prewar America on the rural west coast (Oregon). From there the story progresses linearly through the prewar years, the attack on Pearl Harbor, basic training, crossing the pond, life in the UK, D-Day, Market Garden, Bastone, The Eagles Nest, the end of the war and post war life. What you come away with is a sense of awe about the WWII generation and the men that fought desperately, won and got on with their lives. I really wish I could meet Don Malarkey, but given I probably will not, this was an invaluable substitute and I am so glad I listened to it.

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  • Steve
  • 23-07-2009

I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

If ever you find yourself disappointed in our great country listen to the book "EASY COMPANY SOLDIER". UNABRIDGED) It is the most heartwarming true story I have ever listened to. After completing the listen, I realize how lucky I am to be an American. I also realized how much our soldiers gave and continue to give to our great nation without expecting anything in return.

It is a story about the sadness of war, and how one person survived it. The book describes in detail the horrors he experienced. There is no movie that could come close to Don Malarkey's experiences. If I could give this listen more than five stars, I would rate it over a thousand stars for its honesty. I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.

EASY COMPANY SOLDIER IS BRILLIANT.
Thanks for reading my review PLEASE READ IT. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID.
Thanks,
Steve

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  • Rex
  • 02-03-2009

Really Rounds out Band of Brothers

A truly great book. One that will have you fighting and brawling with the 101st in the trenches and feeling all of their losses. Highly recommended.

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  • Suzanne
  • 07-08-2009

War is worse then hell.

This book gives rich detail on being a Private joining the Army. Training to be a paratrooper, actually going to war and fighting to get back to the Airborne units after D-Day and freezing in the Battle of the Bulge--all these experiences made me wonder why we go to war in the first place. To say "war is hell" is a oomplete understatement--made by a General.

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  • sarah
  • 10-09-2012

better to read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

err, the narrator. He made the story feel cheesy. My husband put it best: "I keep waiting for him to try and sell me something." Distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.

What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America

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  • Robert
  • 02-06-2019

listened to it 3 times

i am so proud of them and i feel a loss for never having met any of those men

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  • jbasile
  • 15-05-2019

Another perspective

I enjoyed Don Malarkey’s view point greatly and the narration by John Lloyd suited the storyline though it took 2 chapters to get accustomed to his voice.

I’ve read Stephen Ambrose book, “Band of Brothers” in the mid to late 90’s and found it educational and enjoyable to learn about the sacrifice and contributions Easy Company had made to the war effort.

The HBO 10 part series adaptation of the book did a great service getting the story out to a larger audience. Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg did a great job.

When I heard Don Malarkey, one of the last Easy Company’s members had passed away nearly a year and a half ago, at the age of 96, it prompted me to purchase his audio book. I didn’t expect I would have liked Don’s version as much as I had. A great listen I definitely recommend.

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  • Leperus
  • 29-03-2019

we stand alone together

A truly awesome story from an awesome man, just would have preferred a different narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2019

Told from a different side.

A story told from a side of a normal guy doing extraordinary things. And how he got though hell and back. Not only in war, but in life as well.

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  • Scott
  • 04-03-2019

Good Stories

I enjoyed the author’s personal take on these traumatic but inspiring events.
Where in the world did they find the love child of John Wayne and Captain Kirk to read it though?

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  • gavin
  • 16-07-2015

No words. .. Thank you Don M

Great story well told. Some nice new info that's not in any other books.
amazing men and nice to hear the back story of his life.

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  • Mr C
  • 14-02-2018

Band of Brothers

For anyone who has read Stephen Ambrose' classic Band of Brothers this book offers little in the way of new material but, it does offer updates from the HBO series. A few of the scenes are not correct. The story is still nonetheless a good tale of life as an airborne trooper & the courage it took to do something that had never been done before. I couldn't do it now nevermind back then with a 100lb pack on your back & a 60lb mortar hanging from my legs. Due to the serious guts it took to do most of what he does I can forgive the John Wayne style quotes. In today's world he would be diagnosed with PTSD but because his generation, men talking about feelings or crying was a sign of weakness or whining, it comes as no surprise that alcohol was the medication of choice.
If you haven't read the books of seen the mini series then I highly recommend this book

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  • Joshua
  • 07-02-2018

Incredible

Simply amazing, the HBO serious doesn’t do what these men went through justice. Incredible group of individuals.

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  • Grizzly
  • 24-02-2017

Stunning

I have been a big fan of the Band of Brothers stories for many years. This book is written with so much warmth and sincerity. I loved it from start to finish.

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  • liam
  • 02-01-2017

a great insight

provided a glimpse into a brave mans experience on the front line. inspiration and provided a different aspect from HBOS band of brothers mini series. worth a listen!

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  • Martin C.
  • 09-09-2016

Amazing

Loved the film and the book is 100%better the story's and how each member felt in the line of battle is sad yet brilliant at the same time if you like war stories and how things were done then this is a must have A+++++++++

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  • david
  • 01-07-2016

honour to listen to it.

what better way to hear about the pressure's and struggles of a ww2 soldier than spoken from a truly great hero from the war. Puts today's world to shame when you hear this stuff.

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  • Ollie Wright
  • 26-05-2016

Amazing

This is a must listen to. It's like I'm there would love to meet them

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  • James Odin
  • 01-05-2016

Well written, gripping and emotional throughout.

As someone that's always been fascinated by the exploits of the Screaming Eagles this was true delight but even if I wasn't familiar with their story, this would still be an exceptional story.

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  • MR I P RIVETT
  • 12-08-2015

Amazing and Heartbreaking

It's amazing to listen to what the author went through and describes so vividly. The strength and valour that this unit in particular showed through the latter parts of WWII is humbling. An excellent listen, highly recommended

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