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Christopher

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  • The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jonathan Fenby
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    No leader of modern times was more uniquely patriotic than Charles de Gaulle. As founder and first president of the Fifth Republic, General de Gaulle saw himself as "carrying France on [his] shoulders." In his 20s, he fought for France in the trenches and at the epic battle of Verdun. In the 1930s, he waged a lonely battle to enable France to better resist Hitler's Germany. Thereafter, he twice rescued the nation from defeat and decline by extraordinary displays of leadership, political acumen, daring, and bluff, heading off civil war and leaving a heritage adopted by his successors of right and left.

    marigoyle says: "Book Great Read. Narrator Horrible-slow dead voice"
    "The reader kills it"
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    What would have made The General better?

    DeGaulle virtually never spoke English so we don't need to hear all his words put into the broken English of Inspector Clouseau. Almost every French place and name are mispronounced. It's unbearable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Fenby? Why or why not?

    He needs to define and provide background on all political parties - acronyms don't get the job done. I shouldn't have to google these entities while reading/listening.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Bloodworth?

    Anyone who can speak French with a proper accent and never uses it to do a bizarre impersonation of a Frenchman speaking in broken English.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did cover the ground and gave a balanced view of the French legend.


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