...but that's to be assumed I guess, given the period and events. The reader didn't do the voices or accents nearly as well as the reader of the previous book. That guy was fantastic.
I didn't realize how much Winston Churchill was despised before the start of the World War 2 but he was a man of destiny he was the right person at the right time to answer the needs of the Western world in combating the Nazi menace
This is one of the best histories I've ever read.
I had learned in high school that the West had sold out their allies in the East in the 1930s, but until reading this thoroughly researched and engagingly written history of the 1930s -- for the book provides so much context for Churchill's political and personal life that the book is possibly more a general history than a biography -- I had not understood how badly Baldwin and Chamberlain had sold out the democracies.
The author never shies away from admitting Churchill's less savory characteristics -- condescension to lower classes, egoism, racism -- the book really focuses on the Nazi threat, and in this context, Churchill emerges as the unqualified hero. Manchester holds his main character in the highest regard, and his enemies, from Baldwin to Hitler, in the vilest contempt. If you don't like historians' passing judgement on their subjects, I would urge you to keep an open mind and read this book anyway.
The reader at first put me off because of the nasal voice, but I quickly got used to it and now feel that many other voices that could have read this book would not have had sufficient gravity for the subject matter. The reader uses voices for reading quotes, especially Churchill. The voices could have been lame, but they never are and add significantly to the clarity of the prose, since the author mixes his words and quotes frequently. I even liked the few bars the reader sang, which wound up being wholly appropriate and adding to the prose.
Conclusion: Absolute must read for anyone interested in history, leadership, or politics.
Why in heaven did you not continue the series with Frederick Davidson, who is such a superb narrator. Really, the word "narrator" understates his magic as a story-teller. Having enjoyed the other Churchill books with Davidson, Brown is a poor amateur -- just a "reader" behind a microphone -- not a storyteller. Plus, he was evidently too lazy to look up names he didn't know how to pronounce. It really spoils the experience -- better to read this as a book than suffer through this reader's efforts.
What were you thinking with this narrator?!
Poor recording quality. Sound is muffled at times as well as rise and fall unexpectedly. When you can hear the reading, excellent follow up to volume 1.
Compromised by narrator.
It is lame. Frederick Davidson's narration of Volume One is the sine qua non of great narration. Brown's ambiguous accent and his inadequate impersonations, not to mention horrible, tuneless singing, are a travesty when compared to Frederick Davidson's work. What a missed opportunity.
Very disappointed that Davidson did not complete the series.
I've been an Audible listener for many years. I just plain love to listen, mostly to history, learning secrets otherwise unknown to me.
Reading this vol and vol1 was like being there with the characters and living in that time. I wasn't born but I was there! loved it!
Story is great and full or detail, this book would've been 5 stars if not for the narration, when listening to this in the car I have to turn up the volume to hear but the narrator occasionally says something shrill which is a bit piercing.