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!
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.
Told the story without getting in the way. No forced characters - particularly of the opposite sex.
The book was plenty enough. Nothing personal, but I prefer other genres.
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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