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Dr. Randal Mandos, III

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (413)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Warning for volume three"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you listened to the first two volumes, one likely felt that this was an outstanding biography. However, if you did not know that Mr. Manchester had died before he could flinish the third, brace yourself. The third was completed by another writer and they use a different narrator. I have no criticism of the author's writing (based on Manchester's notes) thought it does seem to lack in comparison to Manchester), but change in narration took quite a while for me to get used to. In all, certainly not reasons not to listen to Volume Three, but there is a bit of a let down here underscoring what an achievement the first two volumes are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (219)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Disappointing"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Deep Survival?

    The work generally has a fair amount of novel information, and some of the stories of the experience of those finding themselves in peril are compelling. However, Mr. Gonzales' style suffers when he deviates from a more straightforward narrative of facts into what is, for him, the dangerous hinterlands of purple prose. He has a thesis and it is clearly stated. Yet it is reductive and redundantly referred to in a fashion that makes it seem like filler.


    What was most disappointing about Laurence Gonzales’s story?

    The style and structure of the work is so annoying as to detract from an effective presentation of the materiel.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    It was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As mentioned, there is some interesting research presented and some of the stories are compelling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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