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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (441)
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    (439)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "A compelling story of the man and his times"
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    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    He has a gift for accents, and his Churchill from boyhood into adulthood was astonishingly real.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the length of this volume scare you off. If you are at all interested in modern history, this is a fascinating and enlightening book. It seems like Manchester includes everything there is to be known about Churchill's early life. This is all told against the extremely rich background of the last days of Victorian England and the glory of the British Empire, upon which "the sun never sets". I found the material describing the Victorian era and the empire to be fascinating and enriching as well.

    Finally, Frederick Davidson is an extremely thoughtful and talented narrator, and this volume represents the most perfect match of narrator to subject that I have ever heard. His "Churchillian" voice is virtually indistinguishable from the original.

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
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    (273)
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    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "Bring Back Frederick Davidson!"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The most extreme reaction I had to this book was disappointment in the change of narrators. Richard Brown would have been better just reading the text in his own voice. He has absolutely no talent for voices, inflections, and accents. He uses the same amateurish devices when quoting almost every character. His Churchill is painful to listen to when compared with Davidson's absolutely spot-on impression. In fact, there's not much difference between Brown reading Churchill and Brown reading Hitler. The two actually sound similar in this book. Too bad, I loved both volumes of Manchester's The Last Lion but I was irritated with the narration of Volume II from beginning to end.


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  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1955)
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    (1026)
    Story
    (1039)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Wonderful performance"
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    What did you love best about Catch-22?

    The reading by Jay Sanders was fantastic. He is a master at different accents, voice inflections, and dramatic reading. I have both read this book and listened to the audio version, and I have to say that Jay Sanders performance made me laugh out loud many times and was gut-bustingly funny at times. A classic book and a classic performance.


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