As a churchill fan I knew I had to read/listen to this book. I have read many biographies of the great man, including Sir Martin Gilbert's glorious 8 volume tome. Still, this book offered much to me, not least of which was the fabulous performance by the narrator. He did wonderful voices, with Churchill's being, I think, one of the best to be found. I look forward to the next volume, which I'm headed to purchase presently.
Just a Reader
Obstreperous unrepentant genius
While initially off-putting, Davidson's mimicking of Churchill's voice was, for the most part, an added benefit to the narrative.
Loved it--totally absorbing.
This book is LOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG!
It contains a lot of detail. Many interesting quotes.
But it is too long.
Davidson's narration is truly epic befitting the larger than life book and man therein portrayed. He sang the songs of Churchill's youth. He mimicked the great politicians wonderfully; I really felt as if Lloyd George were speaking, for instance. I am in awe of his ability to deal with the diversity of people and accents found in this history. Unfortunately, his performance shined to such a degree that I found the other two volumes wanting.
Winston Churchill has been a particular fascination for me and, while William Manchester is not Churchill's official biographer, I committed myself to the series. Unfortunately, Manchester died during the third and final part. It is not nearly as good as the first and second. Manchester's brilliantly paints a full picture of the milieu in which young Winston was born and grew up, helping us understand the towering political figure he became.
Yes, W.S. Churchill is revealed in a level of detail that I never expected. His brilliance and his vulnerabilities are all brought to life.
To some. The book has so much information and detail, that it would be easy to get bogged down. Listening help push through some of the dry parts.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
This is a history book. It's hard to fully delve into. Yet, I'm glad I listened to it. I learned a lot about European history & what an interesting man Churchill is. I can't believe all the obstacles he faced. This man had a lot of people who disliked him and had many career ruining moments, but somehow he just kept going even with bouts of depression. Makes one reflect on one's actions.
I don't have the print edition, but Davidson's narration is wonderful-- totally enjoyable. It takes a couple chapters to appreciate all his 'impersonations' (e.g. female characters), but as the story progresses, you will appreciate the variety it brings.
Churchill is an amazing character-- I expected that, but the author does a wonderful of job of setting the environment, and providing just enough background and detail for other important characters (e.g. his mother, General Kitchener, et cetera).
His intonations / impersonations of characters, and of course, Churchill! Brilliant!
Yes, but it is too long for that. Plus, you don't want it to be over too soon.
It is a long listen. Be patient. Allow the author and narrator to draw you in.