Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
You know that you are in for a long effort when the title is that long; fortunately this is a great book that will keep any listener, with even a modicum of interest in the grand designs of history, enthralled. Winston Churchill was such an important historical figure that any account of his exploits must, necessarily, seem to be larger-than-life. This first volume is an anecdote-filled story that has the plotting of a novel taking Winston from early childhood to influential member of the government. It is the most playful of the three volumes of this biography and as such is great fun. William Manchester’s mastery of the English language is evident on every page.
The narration by Frederick Davidson is astounding. His voice has great expressiveness and emotion. The effect is like a one man play. Each character is given their own unique voice, and they are spot-on. Frederick Davidson portrays the young Winston with eagerness and sincerity and gives just the right inflection for a young insecure school-boy. Later, when Davidson speaks the words of Winston as a mature man, you hear Churchill as you might imagine him delivering one of his famous invective barbs. Davidson deserves top marks for his rendition of this book from print to voice.
Riveting. Revealing. The pathway to greatness is through adversity. Being a child of privilege is not necessarily a road to an easy life. Churchill almost never had it easy and there is so much to learn from his endurance and faithfulness.
This is a very long book, but a worthwhile investment of time. Churchill is a 20th centry icon, well known for his WW2 war time leadership, but not so much for his early years. Understanding how me was raised and matured gives insight into his strengths and weaknesses. Churchill had to overcome personal disabilities, a distant father, financial and political ups and downs, and an empire at it's zenith and in decline. The narration is quite good, and keeps you engaged. There are times when, especially describing blood lines, this book gets a little dry, but that is the advantage of audio. I would have skipped those pages out of boredom, but missed some important information that I would need later to understand this man.
The audio quality and narration is quite good. The young Churchill voice is a bit annoying.
This book is a fantastic look at the early 20th century. The prospective on England's upper class society is very interesting. All in all, this is a great history book that is heavy on Churchill. Then judging by the influence he had on events in that time it isn't a stretch.
Yes I intend to read the follow up in the 2nd part of the series.
While I appreciate the lengths the writer goes to provide context for Churchill's biography it is, in my opinion, over done. I believe there was ample opportunity to educate me with out so much superfluousness information about minute details of the daily lives of his associates.
Abbreviate and present only the most interesting content.
If this were a book it would be 15 hours long and then you'd still have to watch the sequel to find out what happens.
He does a nice job of speaking and imitating voices, even if he does come across a little pompous.
I got this book completely open to Churchill. I am part of the way through it now and its just painful to listen to because the narrators accent is pretty think. He has sort of a way when he says his "s" and "sh" that it makes it extremely loud in my headphones.
Not sure if that's just the device or what, but it has affected my enjoyment of this book.
The intricate story was well layed out
Churchill. -- Mr. Davidson did a great job on all the characters.
I particularly liked the sections about the Boer War and WWI
I can now add William Manchester and Frederick Davidson to Winston Churchill's name on my short list of heros. This biography brings not only Churchill, but all of his friends, enemies and influencers to life. The author's attention to all the players in this lifelong drama transforms the course of history into a compelling drama that held my attention through 41 hours of excellent narration. Frederick Davidson does an outstanding job with all the characters' voices and personalities. It was an absolutely spellbinding history lesson.
For me, reading this book would have proven difficult at times since it truly minutely picks apart some events. So listening is the only way for me. It should also be noted this recording is very dated.
You realize early on the enormous research performed to tackle this subject. The credits at the end are spectacular, supporting this enormous project. So it is truly a joy to understand the process and assistance the author received to weave together all the pertinent material from all related political figures' archives etc.You simple wish all Americans had an understanding of this part of our world history but unfortunately this book would be too much for the average public. My educated wife put on headphones to block out the readers voice of Churchill as it severely grated on her and the subject certainly didn't interest her. That is a shame as this work/book is superb although very detailed.
Have had the paper books (both volumes) for a long time, but had trouble staying with reading them. But listening has been much easier. The reader does a great job, has a good pace, and it's not hard to listen for an hour or two at a time.
It's fascinating that Winston Churchill turned out as good as he did, having had a pretty dysfunctional early life. After listening to the book, I realize he had lots of
He's easy to listen to. He has a quite different voice any time he is quoting Churchill.