Grover Gardner is possibly the best reader Audible employs, and an audiobook as long as "Franklin and Winston" needs such a voice. Jon Meacham's narrative of FDR and Churchill is masterful from the first word until the last. There are times when the reader will certainly be choked up, and other times where there will be a genuine smile on his/her face. For any lover of history, both casual and avid, this book will surely be among their favorites in their Audible collection. Very highly recommended.
Although a bit of an Anglophile this illuminating work is a tour de force. You could hear feel and understand these great men Franklin and Winston in a very personal way. Not enough can be said about the continuity and joy of Meacham's work I look forward to more from this great researcher and author.
I really enjoyed this, and how it brings these big historical decisions, events and meetings down to very personal experiences.
This book tells the story of the relationship between FDR and Winston Churchill during WWII.
It's one of the most studied relationships in history, and many theories have been developed about what went on between these men during the lead up to 1941 and early years of the war.
The view of the relationship shown here is vastly different from the one Max Hastings presents in Winston At War, so it was interesting to follow up that book with this one. All we can do is guess, of course, at actually went on, or draw on some of the primary sources available to historians. Despite that, this is a warm & engaging history and I found this book informative and very interesting to listen to.
To this reader/listener the book seemed to bounce back and forth too much. A he-said, he-said recount of letters and conversations. Despite the tennis match feel of writing, I managed to get insight into the relationship between two of history's iconic characters and learned more about each of the respective men's families. Although the narractor's accent is appropriate for the era, I found excessive exposure to the tonality caused frontal headaches. I could feel the tension rush to the front of my head as soon as I turned the audio on. I had hoped for something different than what I received, but still this book is important in anyone's attempt to understand the relationship between the men behind the legends.
Two of the greatest leaders during my lifetime, and possibly the twentieth century are examined in wonderful detail. I loved every minute of it.