You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Manchester brings dead facts to life in this biography. I feel like I was Churchill's invisabe friend. Its sad when you realize he has been dead for over 40 years. I miss him.
As a Historian ,solely by academic trading, William Manchester's Biography of Churchill is the most thorough, joyful, humane and worthwhile Biography I have read. Mr. Manchester's three volumes stacked on each other may appear daunting, pedantic, self indulgent and deter a reader. Shockingly, I only wish I could participate in a long question and answer forum, to hear his , as I believe he was the most enlightened Churchillian scholar. The first Volume, does stand out, in this trilogy of Biography's, as the most inspired. Separate and alone, any of the three volumes would stand alone as the finest I have read.
I happily and regrettably began, as a naive Historian,with Volume II and then Volume III. How wrong I was. The first Volume reaches back into Victorian England with both scholarship and a post Freudian understanding. This era, is seemingly paralyzed , by a parade of master English writers. Wether it is the Dickensian harshness or Thomas Hardy's impressionistic Beaty the Victorian era 1837-1901 who were by the Dickens's social commentary, or Mr. Manchester writes and weaves through this era of stereotypes
Subject matter is inspiring, the story is fantastic, and the reading of it is incredible. The author pays homage to the subject matter by waxing lyrical.
When writing a book about one of the worlds greatest writers the book itself must be greatly written as it is in this case.
If only I didn't know better I would have like this book much better. The only problem: I read Winston's own books on the same subject, and when placed together, this book comes out as, well, inaccurate, and riddled with clichés. The narration is awful, as if the narrator was constantly turning his nose up at the book, all the time seeming haughty, and contemptuous of the subject.
For someone who enjoys history, I should have been far more knowledgeable about Winston Churchill than I am. Having read user reviews from other Audible customers, I decided that William Manchester's three volume biography would likely be a good choice. Volume one does not disappoint. Superbly written and exquisite read, aloof Churchill's idiosyncrasies, his disappointments and successes are portrayed clearly and honestly. Manchester makes it clear thatChurchill probably could not have been expected by others to show the courage and overall brilliance that marked this man's life, through childhood, war career, journalist - an astonishingly vast range of activities and achievements. V1 sets the stage for understanding that Churchill's life was one of contrasts -failures1 successes and triumphs amidst adversity.I'm hoping that volume two will be just as fascinating.
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I found this biography to be one of the most satisfying listens in all of my audible library. I have many and this is one of the best.
Unlike many others I found this reading to be excellent. Very British and eccentric - perfect depiction of Churchill's Victorian origins.
The author places Churchill in a 3-D verbal video of the world - we watch Churchill move through it - it envelopes him and he influences it. As the story progresses through letters, diaries, his writings, newspaper clips, etc, one comes to understand Churchill's relationships with his family and friends, colleagues, world leaders, soldiers, newspaper men, employees and 'the man on the street' etc. and the impact they all had on his development into a world leader. 43 hours of audio and quite a testament to a brilliant, talented man! The narration was excellent!
I hoped to enjoy a biography that would help me learn more about this famous figure. However, this was the worst book I've ever gotten from Audible. Every sentence has a reference or allusion that required a thorough knowledge of European history to understand.
My husband suggested listening to The Last Lion & I'm so glad I did. There's not one thing that I didn't like in the book or the narrator. I felt like I was transported in time to witness the story of Winston Churchill. The book is worth the time & money to listen to.