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My Early Life: A Roving Commission | [Winston Churchill]

My Early Life: A Roving Commission

This is the story of the first 25 years of Mr. Churchill’s life, up to the point where his unique parliamentary career was just beginning. From childhood and his apprentice days at Harrow and Sandhurst we follow him on active service to Cuba, the North-West Frontier of India, Omdurman and the Boer War (including the historic story of his escape from captivity), while in the background are his early adventures in politics and literature.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of the first 25 years of Mr. Churchill’s life, up to the point where his unique parliamentary career was just beginning. From childhood and his apprentice days at Harrow and Sandhurst we follow him on active service to Cuba, the North-West Frontier of India, Omdurman and the Boer War (including the historic story of his escape from captivity), while in the background are his early adventures in politics and literature.

“I have tried, in each part of the quarter-century in which this tale lies, to show the point of view appropriate to my years, whether as a child, a schoolboy, a cadet, a subaltern, a war-correspondent, or a youthful politician.... When I survey this work as a whole I find I have drawn a picture of a vanished age.”
— from the author’s Preface

©1930 Charles Scribner’s Sons (P)1994 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Narrator Frederick Davidson employs a slight Churchillian drawl, making this one of the most completely satisfying programs in years.” (Library Journal)

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    Mark Jeffrey Chene en Semine, France 04-17-12
    Mark Jeffrey Chene en Semine, France 04-17-12 Member Since 2000

    Brit Abroad. Nearly six hundred Audible books heard, many more than once. Yes I'm hooked.

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    "Excellent history and entertainment"
    Would you listen to My Early Life again? Why?

    Yes, I can well imagine going back to this. Churchill writes a rich combination of history, journal, reminiscence and sheer entertainment.


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Frederick Davidson brings a very dry-wit style of reading, with a steady unhurried delivery and excellent pronounciation.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great story of anyone's life. Being the story of such a pivotal figure of history makes it so much more meaningful. His early life sets the pattern for WWII; determination, personal courage, a keen eye for political meanings and personalities, and an empathy for all he meets.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Haraburd Chicago, IL 08-19-10
    Suzanne Haraburd Chicago, IL 08-19-10 Member Since 2007

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    "An entertaining intro to a great man"

    Winston Churchill was, in addition to being one of the greatest men of Western history, a terrific writer. I was entertained as well as informed by his story, which teaches not only about his life, but about human nature. Frederick Davidson is, hands down, my favorite narrator. He brings every story to life.

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    judy eisen 06-08-14
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    "A Great Introduction to a Great Man"
    Would you listen to My Early Life again? Why?

    Yes. It's entertaining, cleverly written and filled with historical fact.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston, of course. It's his memoir up to the age of 25.`


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wonderful voice and cadence. You feel as though you're listening to Churchill himself


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

    I was moved to laugh out loud when he discussed the American writer whose name was also Winston Churchill.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be read by all aspiring writers and/or historians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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