I love books, but I particularly love audio books. What a luxury to have someone like Campbell Scott read you to sleep.
The story of how this book was finally completed is a tale itself. Paul Reid has done William Manchester proud. Winston Churchill was a fascinating and complex person with such a rich and long life that he is definitely a handful for any biographer. Between these two amazing authors this third volume of Churchill's life is told with effortless ease (which we know was not the case for the authors). And the narration is splendid. No 'eating the scenery'.
I would listen to it again, I will also read the book.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to explore the life of Winston Churchill. The book is equally valuable for its success in capturing the historic events of Churchill's times. Manchester, and later Bird, were so adept in bringing the human element to the story which is sometimes hard to do when writing about one of the giants of our times. The quality of the writing overcomes some small lapses in the quality of the narration (see comments for narrater).
Churchill, as he did in life, overshadows all the other characters.
There were some lapses in narration that proved to be off setting at timeS. There are some wonderful moments when the narrator invokes a slight change in voice tone when quoting another character and it greatly enhances the narrative. However, there are moments when the narrater seemed to have been bored and appeared to just be reading the text in a rote-like presentation. The writing itself was so fine it nearly always overcame the narration lapses...but when a narrater begins to "rote-read", and when a reader senses that the narrater is trying to "get through" a passage it becomes distracting.
The book's title would work just fine for me.
excellent audible of a great book - kept me mesmorised - not just events but able to get a really good picture of the men (hardly any reference to women!) during this period. made so much better by delving into the personalites of the people who changed the world during this time and beyond. great voices to listen to. very satisfied customer.
Yes...because I'm a Churchill fan
Winston of course.
Again, yes because I was interested in the subject matter
I always like to own the written copy of great books for my own library, for perusal and future reference.
I would put it in the same category as William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. The Last Lion is also a paean to great man, and Shirer's more of post-mortem autopsy, but both books are seminal works that belong in the library of any serious 20th century historian. The Last Lion adds balance to understanding the birth of the American Century and the necessary historical are revisionism of the American victors. Churchill was the quintessential stateman, a man of letters, wit, and biting humor. His should be voice of the moral victors of WWII. It is beautifully written, and the Audible recording was beautifully read.
Winston Churchill as Leonidas of Sparta: how a great man saved a nearly defeated Empire against the overwhelming forces of evil.
I most certainly would as at each listening there would be more detail gleaned from the amazing amount of material presented.
Getting an understanding for the incredible delicacy of the relationships between Britain, United States and Russia during the Second World War. Being able to see the human side of so many of the great leaders of that era.
Without a doubt Winston Churchill - such a complex yet simple man. Someone who was so dedicated to the ultimate cause and was not afraid to take the difficult steps when required.
I would have loved to but simply didn't have 56 hours available but it did make for six weeks of riveting commentary whilst walking the dog..
A great volume and it gives a detailed account for what was one of the most critical times in recent history.
The Second World War was the vital time for the West in the Twentieth Century. Winston Churchill was central to the winning of the War. This book tells a well researched and well written story of Churchill and his time during the War. Reid, drawing on Manchester's research, and on Manchester's style, brings Winston Churchill to life, warts and all. I listen on my daily commute, and at times during the book, and it is a long book, I found myself deliberately slowing down to maximize my listening time. Clive Chafer has just the right voice. He is a good reader, and he has a style - flat and cynical without being boring or expressionless - which sets off the emotion and drama of the story, rather than taking it over. This book is an essential listen for anyone interested in the central history of the West in the last century.
Outstanding description of one of the most consequential leaders of the last century. With elegance and detail, the author walks through the life of a man with will and determination in quantities denied to most mortals. Still, Mr. Reid points out the many shortcomings of a man that did not shy away from looking human, however embarrassingly it turned out at times.
While long, this book engaged me to the point of reading a few extra pages passed my predefined reading time. It is full of details exposed through the lens of the very precarious circumstances Great Britain lived throughout the war - first during the London blitz, then during its relegation to a second class power to Russia and the US -.
While the main goal of the book is to reflect a great man into a fair light it also gives a very interesting view into how the British government of the time worked and how sometimes political rivalries dictated national agendas beyond what one would hope democracy allows for.
All in all, it was a great book and one i would recommend to anyone looking for abundant information morphed into fun reading.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
In 2010 I listened to the previous two volumes of Manchester's trilogy and was so excited to hear that Manchester's friend Paul Reid would complete the work.
I did learn a lot about the British in WWII before America finally joined, and I do admire Churchill all the more, but, I'm disappointed. It simply didn't have the narrative energy of Manchester.
In addition, the narrator, Clive Chafer was horrible. Since this book would be read by both American and British audiences, the pronunciation was simply odd - like a French pronunciation of debacle, and many more.
WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL LOVED HIS COUNTRY.
I WISH OUR POLITICIANS LOVED THE UNITED STATES THE WAY
WINSTON LOVED HIS ENGLAND!!
WONDERFUL HISTORY DIALOGUE