Manchester's 2 volume The Last Lion epic are the best biographies about Churchill and may in fact be the best biographies ever written. Manchester spent, quite literally, decades researching his subject. His books not only give an excellent portrayal of their subject, but the times and society in which Churchill lived. I believe it would be a crime to read/listen to only an abridged version (should one even exist). Of the two audio books, I felt Brown was the superior narrator. His natural accent fits the book perfectly, and you always knew when he was quoting Churchill directly due to the timbre of his voice when doing so. I found myself genuinely disappointed on finishing vol. 2 because, sadly, Manchester didn't live long enough to write a third volume addressing Churchill's life during his Finest Hour. Don't miss this excellent audio book.
This was one of the best audiobooks to which I have listened. The subject is memory, and while that may not sound enticing at first, it's the true story of a young American journalist challenged and cajoled by a few drunk British memory champions to take up the sport. Through the book, you not only hear about his experience training for (and, in the final chapter, competing in) the American memory championship, but also get a lesson in memory techniques and the history of memory--which is truly and unexpectedly fascinating. Read this book and start creating your own titillating memory palaces today.
I have recommended this to anyone who loves reading history. Shirer reviewed millions of pages of documents that were confiscated from Germany after World War II (before they were subsequently return) and weaves an excellent and insightful historical narrative about the rise and fall of the Third Reich from Hitler's birth through his death. This is a definitive history and it will be hard for any history buff to avoid listening for hours on end. Fascinating.
Manchester's The Last Lion books about Churchill are of similar quality and scope (and happen to cover a good deal of the same time period, albeit from a much different perspective). Morris's books on TR are also a good comparison.
Compelling, perfect pitch narration. It's great when the narrator adds to the enjoyment of a good "read," and Gardner is on top of his game here.
History So Compelling You Can't Stop Watching.
The definitive history of Hitler and the Third Reich. Shirer takes no prisoners, and everyone from the King of Belgium to Neville Chamberlain to the German people share the blame for allowing this "Austrian waif" to overcome tremendous odds and become the most evil dictator known to man.
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