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Dr Alan Farrell

Glasgow, VA, US | Member Since 2011

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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
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    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.

    H. Segal says: "Slavishly written, Unreflective but Interesting"
    "Shouldn'ta dropped that French 201 class"
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    Where does The General rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Book is great and carefully researched, written with some grace, one of the few about this subject


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details so far uncommonly known about life and ambition of de Gaulle


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Tone and volume of your reader fine; his French execrable... and the book about a French guy!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Disturbed by the phony French accent adopted by reader for de Gaulle cites


    Any additional comments?

    Mother of Mercy. How could you hire a guy to read book abt WWII who can't pronounce French or German? Wehrmacht > Ware-mackt? Foch > Fock? Aisne > Ays-nee?
    C'mon. Reader otherwise excellent but need coach these guys in the proper nouns and pronounciation of foreign phrases, to be predicted in a book this subject. Decision to attribute to de Gaulle a French accent via Pepe LePew imbecile. Jeeeeeezzz...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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