25YO psychologist, interested in Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and History.
I have listen to all three volumes with delight. The life story is incredible, and the performance is fitting. Thank you.
The narrators are excellent . The material itself is interesting but not as insightful as the original Manchester material of the early life but still a useful historical view.Given the breadth of material and particularly the narrators strengths it is very good value.
I loved the first 2 volumes, not the least because of the wonderful narrative voices.
Unfortunately, the author was allowed to narrate the first section of the book. Big mistake!
While Paul Reid is a wonderful writer, he should never be given a microphone.
I gave up after hearing 'idea' pronounced 'idear' for the fifth time and skipped ahead to Clive Chafer who like the narrators of the first two volumes speaks beautifully.
The first section is mostly a rehash of the first two volumes, so you don't miss much.
Anyone but Paul Reid.
This is an excellent audiobook. The one caveat is the narration of the first few chapters, they're painful to listen to. However, if you can survive, you'll be rewarded with a better narrator and hours of enjoyable listening.
If you just want someone to "read" a book to you, with no story-telling ability, then this will be the book for you. Read it yourself as a book rather than suffer through these readers.
For a much better experience try volume one of this series, read by Frederick Davidson -- he's a story-teller, not just a reader.
Easiest way is to hire better narrators for this fascinating story. If the narrators don't know the proper pronunciation of names of writers and characters, someone should be listening to check the correct pronunciation. It's just not true that anyone who knows how to read is an appropriate narrator for audible books. With Davidson as a superb example of a wonderful story-teller for Volume One of this Churchill series, and with scores of books to his credit, why are you fooling around with people of lesser talent?
Evaluating narrator quality is evidently more difficult than it would seem to be. Maybe you should focus-group various narrators before letting them hurt sales of audible books. We like the authors, we like the stories -- but amateurish narrators are a definite deal-breaker.
Unfortunately, the readers performance diminishes the story. Hearing "idear" spoken instead of "idea" becomes nails of the chalkboard, and the story becomes unlistenable.
Reading was exceptional with all the right accents. What an incredible
Man who unbelievably made his 90th birthday despite poor health over
Many years and constant cigars and brandy, champagne and fighting
In wars. A true giant .