Verbose, pompous, tedious. I quit at the 5 hr mark. The book is more about the times and culture of 19th century Victorian England and has little to nothing about Churchill. This is more a sociology book than a biography.
This book is very interesting and does not only deal with WSC but it gives flavor to the era as well as giving the background of family members, friends and the like.
Not only an incredibly well written biography done by a biographic wizard, but narration that brings this very long story alive. Short of hearing Churchill tell his own story, I can't imagine a better job.
We need more inspirational books like this to remind us of the struggles that are required to stay free in a world that is dangerous and full of those who would rule us as dictators. History in the name of a person - that's what this book is about. Good. Much better read than a romance novel! My opinion, of course.
Audible continues a line of taking wonderful titles and rendering them, if not unlistenable, unenjoyable. The audio levels on this book are not normalized; the edits are rough in nature; you can hear other takes or material in the background; and the chapter marks on the audiobook align to nothing I can discern in the text.
For a two hour audio book, this last issue might be a minor annoyance; the preface and prologue of this book, alone, are almost two hours in length. Coupled with Audible's poor implementation on the Zune, it makes any mistake in control manipulation into an exercise in skipping around to find where you last were.
Skip this recording of the text.
What possessed me to get this book? Manchester goes on and on about every detail of each year. The music, the people, who invented what, and blah, blah, blah of every moment in Churchills world. Too much info. And 5 parts later we are only in 1932. I lasted til the 4th part but it isn't worth it.
If you like facts, facts, facts, facts with very little story, then you will love this book. I much prefer an author like James Alexander Thom's historically based novels.
He was ignored by both parents and craved the love only a parent can give, and yet he pulled himself up many times over to acheive greatness that we know about today. I gagged and almost vomited when reading the personal hygine and habits of the people back then.