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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
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (498)

    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"
    "The Most Interesting Man In the World"
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    It's difficult to convey how remarkable and influential Sir Winston Churchill was to the unfolding of the 20th century and, in fact, the fate of the world. It's also hard to explain how many truly bizarre turns he experienced throughout his life. His sad, strange upbringing coupled with a brilliance unmatched by any of his peers turns this early-years biography into an epic journey repleat with danger, disappointment, intrige, betrayal and triumph. Even his fiercest detractors admired him for his ample gifts.What a joy to have this first volume narrated by Frederick Davidson whose masterful Churchillian mimickery brings Victorian and Eduardian England to vivid life.There are times where the level of detail is such that the mind drifts away momentarily, but I think that's a function of Manchester's desire to get it all down while there were contemporaries who knew Churchill personally. Do yourself a favor and do not skip this volume to jump into the war years. This book is well worth the telling nd certainly worth a listen. Well done!

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  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (638)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Enjoyable listen, though not my favorite genre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was well written and the performance was strong. I choose this on the suggestion of a family member because of a personal connection, else I would never select a story, however compelling, that has the narrative feel of a Lifetime movie.

    The end was a tad too preachy for me (pun intended), but otherwise a good listen.


    If you’ve listened to books by Francine Rivers before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Told the story without getting in the way. No forced characters - particularly of the opposite sex.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The book was plenty enough. Nothing personal, but I prefer other genres.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the fact that the male characters in this "chick book" were not all evil as so many are. Perhaps it's just in keeping with the allegory, but it's refreshing nevertheless.

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