This book transports you. That is the best way to describe it. It creates a vivid and vibrant picture of London at its darkest and finest hour.
The only criticism is that the narrator's voice is just slightly too slow. Real-time speed is halting but 1.25 is too fast.
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I have read many many history books, preferring those related to WWII, (noncombat aspects.) I have never read a book that brought time, place, and people into clearer focus. To learn of these leaders/diplomats and the ways in which English citizens pulled together ("held out" ) during WWII
is, I believe, essential knowledge for American citizens. This accounting of the war puts modern life into a clearer context. I had never heard the story of Ambassador Wynette and his story is one of heroic honor. Others, whose stories are told in this book, were people I had seen on television as a younger person. Having better understanding of their stories gives me deeper appreciation. This author's writing style allows complex events and players to become clear without confusion. This is a book that I will listen to again - also purchase in hardcover as gifts for other history lovers I know. It will probably be one of my all time favorites.
The writer provides the reader with a view of WW II largely hidden from the view of most Americans. Beautifully written and well read.
Those who are unaware that mistakes are made, people sometimes act from questionable motives, politicians make deals, behavior changes when the threat of death is imminent, people misunderstand those with whom they are unfamiliar,
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Reads like history extracted from gossip columns and selected quotes presented as proof of the author's preconceptions. Narration accents the prurient and supercilious moralistic tone of the text perfectly.
... With strong supporting characters. Lynne Olson’s love of collectivism as a means to solving power struggles tempers Citizens, but doesn’t significantly dampen its quality of research and storytelling. Similarly, the slightly pedantic style of Arthur Morey’s narration doesn’t significantly diminish the audio experience, at least not at 1.25 speed.
This book brings to light less known information about our leaders relationships and goals. It also explains the importance of several lesser know players.
It's a long book but well worth the time and energy.
I listened to this book after listening to "Those Angry Day" , one of the best histories I've ever read. This book seemed to be made up of left over material not used or of less relevance to that previous work. It doesn't flow as smoothly and the narration and production are marginal. There are words that are mispronounced or just mis-read that an editor should have caught. Had I listened to these volumes in reverse order I may have been a little easier on this one.
What a spellbinding account of the struggle of Great Britain to survive the German onslaught! Although we Americans tend be self congratulatory about our role in WW II, all except the American heroes of this book PALE.