I will not listen to The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 again - simply because of Clive Chafer's miserable performance. Mr. Chafer has a very cultured voice and is most likely well educated. However, he read this volume in almost a complete monotone. Most sentences are read as open-ended phrases rather than complete thoughts. The convention of dropping one's voice at the end of a sentence seems to have escaped him. I hate to be so negative - but I eagerly waited decades (literally) for this work to be completed and purchased the audio version simply because waiting until I had time to go to the store was an unacceptable delay in finally hearing the completion of this masterful work. Reid did his job superbly. And Chafer ruined it.Let me add that the portions read by Mr. Reid were well done and enjoyable. I wish he had chosen to read the work himself.
I can't answer this because I was only able to tolerate listening to the first download portion (approx 8 hours). I will purchase the book and read it for myself and then review the written work.
I will NEVER listen to anything Clive Chafer reads again.
No way to accomplish this, but yes - the content is riveting - even though Chafer's reading makes it frustrating to listen.
Yes, to try to capture all the momentus history of which he was a part.
I usually do not like it when the narrator tries to imitate the voices but he nailed Churchill's and it helped in knowing when he was quoting Churchill directly.
yes. But it drove me to distraction the way he (Chafer) or he (Reid) felt he had to define every single direct and indirect object. If HE said he was going to Chartwell for dinner I damn well knew that he was talking about Churchill, not the Archbishop of Canterbury
First were the years of 1940 and 1941, when Churchill and the Europeans were dealing with the Nazi and Axis push through Europe and we did not even seem to notice there was a war going on. The second - When Churchill was dealing with Roosevelt and Stalin - - It was so obvious that Churchill was right and that the world might have been in much better shape if Roosevelt had listened to Churchill rather than winging it with Stalin.
This really give us Americans a good idea of the war years we missed - when things seem so bleak.
Enjoyed this audiobook so much.. So many events and details I had not heard of: the politics, the war strategies, life in GB during the bombings and Churchills wit, insights, some blind spots and his incredible journeys. I could not stop listening. Sometimes the writing is very poetic.
The incredible first two war years, the battles and the strategies. Also the communications with FDR and Stalin.
No, but very well read by Clive Chafer.
Impossible to do over 52 hours, but I read it for days on end.
What a wonderful book. I am ready to start reading the previous two volumes.
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.
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.