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  • Holding Juno

  • Canada's Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches: June 7-12, 1944
  • By: Mark Zuehlke
  • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Holding Juno

By: Mark Zuehlke
Narrated by: Kyle Munley
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As the time between the present and World War II grows, so, too, does the importance of remembering the details of what transpired in one of the world’s greatest tests. Though much has been made of D – Day, for Canadian soldiers the six days following would prove to be their true test of mettle. The gritty and masculine delivery from accomplished narrator, Kyle Munley, in this audiobook by Mark Zuehlke puts listeners right on Juno Beach as Canadian soldiers advance on German forces and help make way for the eventual Allied victory. With intense first - person accounts combined with precise factual details, Holding Juno proves again why Zuehlke is one of Canada’s leading historical writers.

Summary

At D-Day's end, the Canadians, who had landed on Juno Beach, were six miles inland - the deepest penetration achieved by Allied forces on this infamous day. But every soldier on this front line knew worse was yet to come. For in the darkness the Germans were massing, intent on throwing them back to sea. With dramatic intensity, Holding Juno re-creates the ensuing battle and ultimate Canadian triumph and includes fascinating first-person soldier accounts as well as photos and maps.

©2005 Mark Zuehlke (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

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Spoilt by narration

For me the narration is far too "americanized" and is also strangely stilted in delivery; hence the very low rating from me? This is a great shame for the author and story (which if read with more feeling & accuracy would probably rate 5 stars from me).

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Compelling telling of a terrible story.

Marred slightly by some odd pronunciation of random words in some cases rendering them unintelligible. But Canadian is not my first language so it may be me

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Such Poor Narration

Such a shame that a detailed and graphic description of the bravery, heroism and sacrifice by our Canadian allies in the early days of Overlord is marred by an Americanised presentation by a narrator who seems to have taken neither the time nor the trouble to research the correct pronunciation of military terms such as Adjutant and French location such as Bayeaux.
The book deserves so much more.

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Sadly too easily forgotten

This well researched piece shows how the reality was worse than many think. The almost mind boggling casualty rate makes it seem unreal and the execution of prisoners by the 12th SS was sickening
Worth a read to remind us why we should always stay close to Europe.

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Fascinating account

A fascinating account of unit actions, which are rare in this genre, covering the few days after D-Day, which proved critical to the overall success of Operation Overlord. The account is visceral sparing nothing to the imagination as to the horror of the battles that raged between the Canadian regiments and their nemesis the 12th Waffen SS Hitlerjugend Panzer division. A good antidote to the recent lionising of the latter division, which tends to gloss over the atrocities committed in their name. I found the coverage of the little known contributions of the Canadian naval and medical services during this period very refreshing and insightful. Zuehlke has done Canada and the world a great service in bringing the struggle of those who served to light. The narration was good, as I am mindful of previous critical comments on this aspect, which I felt were unwarranted. A superb piece of work.

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good coverage of poorly remembered battles

interesting detailed account of the early days of Canada's liberation of Europe and the ss murders of prisoners

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  • Sandy Addison
  • 15-05-17

Book wrecked by narrator.

While Mr. Zuehika's material is top notched it is often made suspect by Mr. Munley's mispronunciation. Words like PIAT, RAM, Haida are all badly pronounce, he even mispronounced adjutant.

Even though I know these mistakes aren't Mr Zuehika's fault such basic mispronunciations can not help help but cause the listener to question the overall accuracy of the book.

The fault for this I lay squarely at the feet of the book's audio director, better care should have been taken to ensure words were properly pronounced.

Which is a real shame because Mr. Zuehika's 'just the facts' primary document prose is excellent. Especially for such a critical book which covers a period that has been given lip service by so many historians. If D+1 to D+7 was better covered outside of academia maybe such units as the 12th SS wouldn't be lionized the way the are today.

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  • George
  • 06-02-15

great book

loved it!! very interesting and well worth the time. I highly recommend this to anyone.

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