This is a very well written history, which I have now listened to twice. I found it so compelling that I subsequently purchased the hard copy so I could read and annotate it. I read the book having already read much on Churchill (including Manchester's biographies) but I wasn't disappointed since this book really focuses primarily on India and Gandhi, but in a manner that also tracks Churchill's life and influence as well. This is truly one of the best audiobooks I've purchased from audible.
I enjoyed the book, but felt that it was geared more toward a younger reader (young adult/teenager). Perhaps that's because two of the major characters are themselves teenagers. I greatly preferred the George RR Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" series - which is definitely geared to adults, and I've preferred (so far) the John Twelve Hawkes "Traveler" series. The Alchemyst reads too much like a fairy tale (so far). I do plan to listen to the next one to see if my opinion changes.
An enjoyable piece of history-based fiction that keeps you listening. The overall premise is a good one and there are a few surprises in store. Many of the more minor characters tend to be very one-dimensional and somewhat predictable. But overall it was a an enjoyable listen. The reader did a good job overall and a commendable job on most of the American accents, including that of the main character. If you want a book that has some suspense, some grounding in historical events, and a few twists and turns, you'll enjoy this.
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