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The Last Lion Audiobook

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.
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Publisher's Summary

This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles. He was disowned by his own party, and dismissed by the BBC, Fleet Street, and the social and political establishments as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the pusillanimous British and French policy of appeasement.

Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history, without ever losing sight of Churchill the man - a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless.

©1988 William Manchester; (P)1990 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Manchester is not only a master of detail but also of 'the big picture'....I daresay most Americans reading The Last Lion will relish it immensely." (National Review)
"[Manchester] can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isaiah Berlin's judgment of Churchill as the largest human being of our time." (Alistair Cooke)

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    Michael Nashua, NH, United States 02-28-15
    Michael Nashua, NH, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    Great book delivered by a great reader. Can't stop listening to it! I would recommend to anyone who likes history.

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    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 02-17-15
    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 02-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great historical review"

    Manchester again succeeds in building a careful and painterly portrait of Churchill in the critical first 30 years of the 20th century. A must read in order to understand best his third and last volume on this incredible and complex statesman.

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    EEEE 02-03-15
    EEEE 02-03-15
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    "best book on Churchill"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes! for anyone who could appreciate good story-telling and good prose


    What did you like best about this story?

    1. a balanced mix of history and drama
    2. Churchill's charm


    What aspect of Richard Brown’s performance would you have changed?

    I do not like the narrator's style..V1 and V3 are both good!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    as a churchillian buff..I just listen to everything...had finished the book long before..just try ears


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    M. Perusse Alamogordo, NM United States 02-03-15
    M. Perusse Alamogordo, NM United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Superb coverage of 1930-1939"

    Extensive and detailed the Manchester volumes cover Winston Churchill with accuracy and you are left thinking that this could happen again

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    Katherine Clinton, MS 01-18-15
    Katherine Clinton, MS 01-18-15

    I am an avid reader and listener. I especially love imaginative fiction when I am "brain frazzled" from heavier stuff.

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    "Wonderful!"

    Highly engaging. This is a book to encourage and inspire as well as to educate. I hope that any person who wants to learn from history will listen.

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    Bruce Cline Littleton, CO USA 11-03-14
    Bruce Cline Littleton, CO USA 11-03-14 Member Since 2013

    Just a Reader

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    "Well written book about an amazing leader"
    Would you listen to The Last Lion again? Why?

    Absolutely -- An absolutely amazing story about an absolutely amazing man and the times in which he lived


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston Churchill (duh!)


    Which character – as performed by Richard Brown – was your favorite?

    Winston Churchill (duh redux)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone interested in WWI, WII, or the British Empire generally.

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    PROF ROBERT C VAUGHAN University Park, PA United States 10-14-14
    PROF ROBERT C VAUGHAN University Park, PA United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dreadful narration"
    What did you like best about The Last Lion? What did you like least?

    The book is an outstanding account of Churchill in this period. The author has thoroughly researched his subject. As an American he is sometimes a bit out of touch with ordinary England of the period, but otherwise the picture is very complete. However the audible version is intolerable. The narrator is totally incompetent. Apparently he never listened to any of Churchill's recordings, or maybe he is so inept that he shouldn't have tried to imitate the master. I found it impossible to complete listening to this version. Audible needs to organise a new and much more competent narration of this important work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Brown’s performances?

    Absolutely not. I will never again buy anything narrated by him.


    Do you think The Last Lion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This volume urgently needs a replacement narration.


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    Handyjan 04-26-14
    Handyjan 04-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Lion the most enjoyable?

    The gentleman reading the book sounded just like Winston.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lion?

    I got to share it on a trip with my brother and we both were glued to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was the best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but there was no sitting. I listened to the second book on a trip to Ga. and the third one entertained me while painting my laundry room. A great series that I am sure I will listen to again.


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    Mark 04-01-14
    Mark 04-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book Horrible narration."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I will never listen to another book narrated by Richard Brown. After enjoying the 1st volume I was looking forward to a continuation of the next volume but I cannot stand listening to this narrator.


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    Jim Mangrum 03-28-14
    Jim Mangrum 03-28-14

    Jim Dandy

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    "Terrible recording, worse narrator"
    What disappointed you about The Last Lion?

    Bad quality audio and a truly awful narrator. The guy is effete, simpering and very annoying. Add low quality poorly digitized audio and it turns even a Churchill fan away.


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