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As is the first volume, this follow up is an incredibly broad and deep exploration of not just Churchill, but of British politics in the 1930s in the lead-up to WWII. It manages to include mountains of information, but keep them fascinating by attaching them to the person of Winston Churchill.
The history of Britain in the 1930s is a stark lesson to those who would appease evil in our own day. The parallels are clear to anyone who follows current events, without the author ever having to make the connection for you.
Frederick Davidson did a masterful job on the first volume. I was deeply disappointed by Brown's reading of Churchill and many other characters.
The march of folly, and a glimmer of hope.
Despite a mind-numbing introduction (for one who just finished the first volume), once the meat of the book is reached the reader is carried deep into the life of one of the 20th centuries most fascinating and important personalities. This is one of the deepest and most detailed biographies I've ever read, and the anecdotes about Churchill and those around him manage to add zest to even the dryest figures.
if there is one book you need to buy on Audible if you are interested in British colonial historty, this would be it. By far the most detailed and riveting narration of Winston's life. This is better then best.
After listening to Frederick Davidson's wonderful reading of the first volume of Manchester's (never completed) biography of Churchill, I was roundly disappointed by Richard Brown's performance of "Alone: 1932-1940". In fact, I only made it through about an hour of it before I gave up. Life is too short to listen to readers who are terrible. In this case, I'm going to read it myself.
The definitive two part account of Churchill. Manchester does a magnificent job of putting the reader into the day to day life of Churchill. A quick read with depth and fascinating history. Richard Brown does a five star narration. Listen to volume one first if you can.
This is an excellent study of Churchill and the period between the wars. It gives you a real feel for the period and some great insight into the politics of the period. Some of the observations are particularly interesting in view of current events. Could it be true that appeasement and peace at any price is not dead? It is a pity that William Manchester died prior to completing volume III. The world is poorer for that.
I cannot understand how Churchill managed to keep his dignity throughout his "banishment". He was clearly a genius, but most folks didn't realize this. Granted, he had his quirks--which I learned about in this book. I admired him in that he worked his tail off to keep his family fed and housed and going on extended trips.....but that was how the upper class lived. And I found that interesting, as was realizing that Hitler understood what a genius Churchill was and that he was going to be Hitler's greatest challenge among the allies. The book is long. Very long. But the narrator did a good job and the material kept me listening.
The most extreme reaction I had to this book was disappointment in the change of narrators. Richard Brown would have been better just reading the text in his own voice. He has absolutely no talent for voices, inflections, and accents. He uses the same amateurish devices when quoting almost every character. His Churchill is painful to listen to when compared with Davidson's absolutely spot-on impression. In fact, there's not much difference between Brown reading Churchill and Brown reading Hitler. The two actually sound similar in this book. Too bad, I loved both volumes of Manchester's The Last Lion but I was irritated with the narration of Volume II from beginning to end.
No question, I would. A compelling story about the man who could arguably be the greatest statesman of the 20th Century. So much information demands another listen.
Churchill. Clever, funny, articulate, brilliant and a man who shaped the destiny of the world as we inherited it.
The three volumes combine to just over 150 hours... so that wasn't an option.
A must listen...insignt gained will transform your understanding about the world as it unfolds before us in the "now." Churchill provides a link from the 19th Century to the 21st Century; this in turn produces a symmetry that produces an explosion in understanding of the world as we know it today.
The era in which Churchill lived, with its penchant for daily journals, allows historians to paint a true picture of Churchill in every aspect of his career viewed from multiple angles (friends, foreigners, enemies, etc). The three volumes pack an incredible amount of history, politics, international relations into an very interesting story about a very interesting man.
The contrast between Churchill and Neville Chamberlain was stark.
Mr Brown has Churchill's accent down pat and makes the story so much more vivid.
No one can listen to his in one sitting (unless you have terminal insomnia), but shutting it off is difficult. Once I finished each volume, I could wait for the next.
One of ten
The whole portrait of Winston, both his virtues and his foibles.
And the historical WWI with anecdotes describing the horrors of war
Winston, of course
There needs to be a better volume control. It is difficult to hear unless you are in a totally silent setting. Very disappointing as I listen in the car and on a treadmill. TURN IT UP!!!!
Impossible. 42 hrs. and 39 minutes made this a long read