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
Worried that Manchester did not write the book but this is great history well written
This is a good book and Manchester is devoted to his subject. There is much more to Mr. Churchill than ever makes it into the popular history books. There should be audible offerings of alternative history of individuals like WSC.
It was predictable there were no 'Most memorable moments."
AS I stated, the story of WSC needs to be updated. I don't believe that authors need to remove the shine from his character, but I do think that a more fair and balanced biography has been produced, by David Irving, yet not one of his titles appear in audible. I personally don't agree with his views on the Holocaust, but I don't think anyone can deny his excellent technique for presenting balanced history.
I'm a professor at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. I love reading (and listening) to pieces about military history.
I listened to this piece immediately following Volume 1 of Manchester's Churchill trilogy. Volume 1 is masterful, this one is not. The main difference is that Manchester did not write this volume, Paul Reid did. Manchester had collected a bunch of background materials intending to complete it, but felled by a stroke, he found he could not. He turned to Reid and gave him all the materials, but, as Reid confesses in the (awful) prologue to the piece, he could not make sense of Manchester's system and ended up doing much of his own research. The difference shows.
The best example of the difference is in the variety of sources. Reid imitates Manchester's strategy of using primary source quotations to describe or comment upon some action of Churchill's, but while Manchester varies his sources, offering a variety of views as suits the situation, Reid relies almost exclusively on Molly Panterdownes, a New Yorker writer. Her writing is fine, as one would expect from the New Yorker, but it's lazy to always draw upon the same source, and it leaves one thinking that the work is largely just a collection of Panterdownes' insights as to the situation in England during WWII.
Reid also struggles to pull in the small details that transport the reader into the scene. Manchester, for instance, masterfully conveys Churchill's character by reference to his play with toy soldiers in Volume I, slyly mentioning that he rigged the rules of war when playing with brother Jack so that England (himself) always wins. Reid describes things much more generally, leaving out the personal details. Likewise, compare the characterization of Lord Beaverbrook in Volume 3 compared to Volume 1. He is far more interesting and rich in the first volume despite playing a much larger role in Vol.3
In addition to changing writer, they also changed reader, for the worse, in Volume 3. The volume 1 reader does a dead-on Churchill, so much so that you almost feel that the great man himself is reflecting on the situation. He is equally good with Beaverbrook and the others. The reader for the present volume has no such talent, his Churchill sounds nothing like the man and, indeed, his range of voices is extremely limited. They all sound the same.
It's a nice work, but it would have been so much better had Manchester actually written it and had they retained the original reader.
If you listened to the first two volumes, one likely felt that this was an outstanding biography. However, if you did not know that Mr. Manchester had died before he could flinish the third, brace yourself. The third was completed by another writer and they use a different narrator. I have no criticism of the author's writing (based on Manchester's notes) thought it does seem to lack in comparison to Manchester), but change in narration took quite a while for me to get used to. In all, certainly not reasons not to listen to Volume Three, but there is a bit of a let down here underscoring what an achievement the first two volumes are.