Art, prose, compelling.
The first couple of pages still haunt me. I want to commit it to memory.
Every character was done to perfection, older man, kids, women, Russian, teachers, bureaucrats, drunks. Top notch.
Boris but Hobie is a close second.
Great writing and superb narration. A beautiful 32 hours of entertainment.
This may be the best audio book I've ever listened to out of hundreds purchased. I've listened to it twice now this week alone. It is scientifically sound and makes reference to studies on nearly every point they make.
One of the great things in this book is that it shows how our current cultures infatuation with the ideal of "independence" is nonsense. We are social animals and depend on our close group of friends, family and of our lover. I've been wondering why I couldn't live up to all the other self help books, "He's Just Not Into You" type.
One of the great concepts I got from this work is how early 20th century notions of child rearing, "let the baby cry and gain independence", still permeate our culture. This book explains that is it perfectly acceptable and reasonable to be dependent on your significant other.
Many tools are given to improving your relationships. Effective communication, assessing your own needs, etc. I can't recommend this work highly enough.
As others have stated these volumes are far better than other (though excellent) biographies of Churchill.
I loved the narrator, his voice reminds me of Laurence Olivier. I enjoyed his reading "in character" quotes and letters. The change in voice livens up the narrative and the reader is an excellent actor so it is done well.
I frequently took my mp3 player to bed and listened while falling asleep. I plan to listen to this again and again.
If you are an Anglophile, love Victorian or Edwardian England, this is a must have.
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