There is a lot of quotes from letters and such. The narrator does a good mature Winston voice, which I enjoyed and thought would be neat. The immature Winston was apparently an effeminate imp. He changes his voice to an effeminate falsetto and it's really annoying. I guess I will forever think of young winston as a sissy, not the liberator of the free world.
The young Winston voice.
I love William Manchester. He writes a complex fully textured narrative. He wants to provide the full context (the person, the time the place), but the narrator makes this very difficult to follow. I am sure it was a clever idea to have this read by someone from Britain with a high class British accent, but given Manchester's style of wandering all over the landscape it makes this a very difficult book to listen to. I would recommend it to someone who isn't bothered by the narration because I think Manchester is a wonderful story teller. I am having real difficulty making it through.
Frederick Davidson is the perfect reader for this life of Churchill series. Perfect voice, perfect tone, he's not just "reading" -- but bringing the story alive. My of my Audible choices are based on his narration.
Frederick Davidson bring the story alive because he's not just "reading" the book -- he's a consummate story-teller in his narrative qualities. Whether it's Dickens or Wodehouse, a mystery or an historical series, Davidson is exceptional.
Why in heaven did you have anyone else but Davidson narrate the final book in this series? That was a huge mistake ... and incredibly aggravating to all of us Davidson fans who have purchased the previous Churchill books.
I found this book to be interesting. However as an American English speaker I found it very taxing to focus on the accent yet still missing words. I could not finish the book past 30 minutes from the beginning. Even though the narrator had good diction but it was impossible to enjoy due to the accent.
The narration and, in fact, the performance of this book by Frederick Davidson is not only entertaining, but compelling.
The great prose.
All, but especially WSC.
The text, performance and recording are top notch. Even though it's quite long I just couldn't stop listening. Churchill is presented here as a person instead of the familiar caricature; by turns inspiring, hilarious and frustrating. He lived "in interesting times" as the bust goes but seems to have been made especially for it.
The narrators impersonation is awesome. Several times I laughed out loud or shed a tear. Super can't wait for volume 2!
Aerospace engineer and web site developer
I never thought I would say this about a biography but there was almost too much detail at times to the point of losing interest. The first 4-5 chapters of the book were setting the scene of the 1800s and what people were doing, wearing, thinking, etc. And then Winston Churchill was born. It was almost too much to bear.
It's a great story but a tedious read at times. I highly recommend the audiobook as it will prevent you from re-reading the same line over and over when your mind wanders. The audiobook pushes through the muck.