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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
    (491)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    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"
    "Agonizing narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. Incredibly bad narration.


    What other book might you compare The Last Lion to and why?

    The other two parts of this work are just as good. Also, Churchill's own history works are fabulous.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    1. The narrator's voice is harsh and lacking emotion.
    2. Worst of all, when he quotes Churchill, he sounds like a male version of the Wicked Witch of the West! Incredible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This period of Churchill's life is fully explained, especially how the rejection hurt him.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this volume if you can get a print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steve Stoliar
    • Narrated By Steve Stoliar
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Raised Eyebrows is the bittersweet story of the last years in the life of Groucho Marx, told by a young Marx Brothers fan who was fortunate enough to work for Groucho as his personal secretary and archivist, right inside Marx's Beverly Hills home. In addition to getting to know his hero, the author was able to spend quality time with Zeppo, Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, SJ Perelman, Steve Allen, and scores of other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature.

    james says: "Great insider's view of celebrity lifestyle"
    "Great insider's view of celebrity lifestyle"
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    What did you love best about Raised Eyebrows?

    Fascinating insights into celebrity lifestyles and values—not just Groucho, but his Hollywood friends as well. Of course, Groucho fans will be enthralled from cover to cover.Steve Stoliar lived with Groucho and his circle for several years, right up to the end. He tells it in his own words, in his own voice, and his admiration and respect for Groucho comes through despite Groucho's warts and flaws that make everyone human. Steve is the narrator, and as he mentions in his book, there is something special about an author reading his own words.As a bonus, steve does a great job of impersonating Groucho as he was at the time of the exchange he is quoting. His Cavett voice is also perfect. So I have to assume some of the lesser-known characters are also well impersonated. It could have been tacky if done wrong, but his characterizations are spot-on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was like sitting down with an insider and listening to his experiences with stars, wannabe stars and their friends and family, but told without malice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was interesting to see how Groucho's and Erin's friends and family acted and interacted when they were at parties in Groucho's house.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Like many people, I was totally confused about who Erin Fleming was and whether she was good or bad to/for Groucho. The reader will have an opinion after reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Steve Stoliar is great guy, a great Groucho fan and a nice human being. He is someone many people would like to have as a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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