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.
"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)
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.
Absolutely not. I will never again buy anything narrated by him.
This volume urgently needs a replacement narration.
The gentleman reading the book sounded just like Winston.
I got to share it on a trip with my brother and we both were glued to the story.
He was the best.
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.
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.
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.
Both the biography itself and the performance are excellent. However, the book includes a lot of French, and the reader doesn't speak it well; these frequent moments in the book make for difficult listening.
Absolutely - the narrator. I've listened to audio books for years. I've never before had a problem with a narrator. Sometimes it takes a little while to adjust to their speech but it's never been a big deal - but this is really bad. So bad that I've bought the companion book and will read as often as possible instead of listening.
I'm not sure. This is an exceptionally good story. Maybe Berlin Diary but mainly because of the time frame.
All set with that.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I liked this book even more so than the first! This is the story of Winston Churchill outcast and on his own. Most people would quit politics and find something else to do, but not Churchill.
He certainly wasn't a perfect person. He was a notoriously bad boss, treated everyone that worked or him as servants but they still loved him. He was a chauvinist pig but he also was in awe of women. He was a man of his generation and did not trust blacks but did champion Jews. He had such a superior attitude that if he encountered a traffic jam, he would drive on the sidewalks to get past it.
With all that said, he was one of the only men to see the threat of Hitler and kept speaking his mind even when constantly booed and accused of warmongering. Knowing what we do now, the reader can't help but wonder what was His Majesty's government thinking with appeasement? Again and again they gave in to Hitler's demands and more countries disappeared into the German Reich. According to this book it was the fear of Communism and the fact that a lot of people in the British government liked what Hitler was doing in his country. Anti-Semitism was the norm in Europe and only after the war when they realized what Hitler had done with the Jewish people did they realize it could go to far.
This book takes Churchill to his being asked to form a government in 1940 by the King. It was a long listen but so interesting the time went by quickly. The narration by Richard Brown was well done and added to the book.
I listened to all three parts of the Churchill biography and following the fabulous volume 1, as others have said, the narration of this volume was a bit of a letdown. But I don't think it was a huge issue that would prevent me from recommending it. I think I read some reviews that listeners went from volume 1 to volume 3, but I think you'll appreciate Churchill's rise to the PM role so much more after you go through volume 2 and realize how great the odds were against him in the 1930's. I know I did, and as with volume 1 and 3, the storytelling and accounts of his personal and public deeds made for excellent material. The whole series is highly recommended, volume 2 no less so than the first and third volumes.
If you've gotten through Volume I, I don't need to encourage you to continue. The story just gets more and more interesting. Manchester writes quite well and and did an extremely thorough job of researching these years, providing rich detail from the diaries and letters of many of Churchill's contemporaries, as well as the great man himself.
Some may find R. Brown's Churchill impersonation tiresome as Churchill is quoted so frequently in the text, but I did not since it let me know immediately that Churchill was being quoted. Brown wisely did not do dramatic impersonations of the other individuals quoted, and the narration flows very smoothly.
By the way, these volumes represent one of the best bargains to be found on Audible, with many, many hours of listening per credit.
No. Incredibly bad narration.
The other two parts of this work are just as good. Also, Churchill's own history works are fabulous.
1. The narrator's voice is harsh and lacking emotion.
2. Worst of all, when he quotes Churchill, he sounds like a male version of the Wicked Witch of the West! Incredible.
This period of Churchill's life is fully explained, especially how the rejection hurt him.
Avoid this volume if you can get a print version.
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