This book could have been twice as good if it had been half as long.
Reid could not make up his mind; sometimes the book is a biography of Churchill, at other times it attempts to be a military history of WWII.
As a biographer, Reid makes Churchill sound like a bore who ate too much, drank too much, slept too little and monopolized every conversation. The Churchill in this volume bears little resemble to the man described in the first two volumes of this trilogy or in the books by Lukacs, Jenkins and others.
On the military side, Reid's relies far too much on Churchill's memoirs and Brooke's diary, both of which were far from objection. In particular, Reid fails to grasp that Churchill was a poor tactician and even worse strategist, but lacked any insight into his limitations. Reid fails to grasp that one of Roosevelt's greatest strengths was his willingness to defer to Marshall on military matters and not "play solider." Reid's portrait of Roosevelt is absurd and has no basis in fact.
Chafer soldiers on through Reid dull, endless prose.
Read Lukacs or Jenkins instead.
I have been a follower of all things Winston Churchill for a long time. This book was another must read for me. It was a bit long on the war and short on the life afterwards but worth the effort. I bought the book and followed along with the audible narration. I must admit I would have stumbled in the comprehension a bit without the narration. At 1050 plus pages it was a good audiobook to purchase because of the shear volume and mass of the subject material.
The inner workings of the mind of WSC were most interesting.
The least interesting was the minutiae of some of the lesser war time battles and encounters.
No, I have not listened to any other performances of these men before.
The affirmation of facts previuosly known about the great man. Also, WSC's big ideas were sometimes both hairbrained and interesting at same time
Good Book....Long Story
Its a pity that the American Author reads the prolog - could not imagine a Brit reading the pro log of a book on Washington.
Having said that Paul Reid has done an excellent job at re-creating the events that shaped the World we currently enjoy.
Suggest you skip the prolog (I did) and sit back and enjoy.
The Lion Roars
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This was written by William Manchester and Paul Reid. Manchester died before he could complete his biography of Churchill. And Churchill’s life story must be told. Reid was Manchester’s hand-picked co-author for this capstone to the biography and this book has a character all Reid’s own. The second volume takes us to the brink of war, Hitler is rampaging through Europe. Britain is standing alone against the Axis powers. We all know how it all came out, but at the time the end result was far from certain. Winston Churchill must be given his due: he must be allowed the fight he was built for. Events at this time of history are moving swiftly and Churchill is at the center of them all. He is the architect of the Allied victory but not even he can be said to deserve all the credit. In this third volume, the events of WWII take center stage so this volume becomes more history at times than biography, but that is to be expected. You must first understand the times before you can understand the man. This capstone of the biography trilogy is essential. Without it Winston Churchill would be like the Flying Dutchman, forever poised on the brink of cataclysm, never victorious. It is necessary that Churchill be vindicated, in print at least. Any listener of the first two volumes will be compelled to see Churchill through to the end.
The first two hours of this book, covering the prologue, are narrated by the author Paul Davis; who has a pleasant and decidedly American voice. The remainder of the book is narrated by Clive Chafer who has the appropriate British accent and does a yeoman’s job in delivering the over one-thousand pages of print material to the spoken word. His voice has a pleasant tone which is mandatory for such a weighty tome.
I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
I have never read the print version so I would not know. Check it out for yourself.
This is a dumb question.
Don't know, but they did a very good job.
No, it is very long. But was well worth listening to. Learned a lot about World war two in general. This book shows to me the difference in the amount of humanity the leaders had of the allies compared to the axes powers. Winston could be a jerk but this book shows that he truly cared about people and his country not just power.
Paul Reid has done a masterful job with the herculean task of completing volume three in this trilogy. For my taste, there was perhaps a bit too much detail on the war maneuvers and not enough on the politics but it is a minor complaint and I'm sure others will disagree. The narrators do an admirable if not great job, and the introduction by Paul Reid is in my opinion quite nice. Clive Chafer, however, is not my favorite narrator, with the somewhat perfunctory affect of a BBC news reader. Still, the story and the man are so compelling that these minor details can hardly distract from the terrific conclusion to the sweeping saga that was Churchill's life.
The story was riveting; the narrator ended each sentence with an upward inflection - as if asking a question. It became tedious and tiresome.
As an admirer of Winston Churchill, I have been waiting for the final volume of the Manchester series for many years. It is a shame that Manchester couldn't complete it himself but Paul Reid did an excellent job under the circumstances. Even for a history buff, however, this book is very long and very tedious in spots. It took me more than a week to complete it. I would only recommend it to a reader who is into history.
The Last Lion: Volume 1
I have not listened to either before. Great job!
I enjoyed the entire series. The last Volume was by far my favorite.
Indeed, I would
Winston, full of intelligence, wit, and his own man
Great for any history buff