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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 Audiobook
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3
Written by: 
William Manchester, Paul Reid
Narrated by: 
Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

This volume brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation’s military response and defense, compelled President Roosevelt to support America’s beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.

More than 20 years in the making, The Last Lion presents a revelatory and unparalleled portrait of this brilliant, flawed, and dynamic leader. This is popular history at its most stirring.

©2012 William Manchester (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Before his death in 2004, an ill Manchester asked former Cox newspapers journalist Reid to take his research notes and finish writing the final volume of his trilogy. The long-delayed majestic account of Winston Churchill’s last 25 years is worth the wait…. Manchester matches the outstanding quality of biographers such as Robert Caro and Edmund Morris, joining this elite bank of writers who devote their lives to one subject." (Publishers Weekly)

"General readers, as always, will be taken by [Manchester's] boundless abilities as a storyteller…. Essential for Manchester collectors, WWII buffs, and Churchill completists." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A big book but reads easily…. The finished book is a worthy conclusion to what must be considered one of the most thorough treatments of Churchill so far produced. An essential conclusion to Manchester's magnum opus." (Library Journal)

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    ingadinga 02-28-16
    ingadinga 02-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "narration problem"
    Would you listen to The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 again? Why?

    I loved the first 2 volumes, not the least because of the wonderful narrative voices.
    Unfortunately, the author was allowed to narrate the first section of the book. Big mistake!
    While Paul Reid is a wonderful writer, he should never be given a microphone.
    I gave up after hearing 'idea' pronounced 'idear' for the fifth time and skipped ahead to Clive Chafer who like the narrators of the first two volumes speaks beautifully.
    The first section is mostly a rehash of the first two volumes, so you don't miss much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ?

    Anyone but Paul Reid.


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    Alain Gyger NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, US 02-09-16
    Alain Gyger NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, US 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent, with one caveat"

    This is an excellent audiobook. The one caveat is the narration of the first few chapters, they're painful to listen to. However, if you can survive, you'll be rewarded with a better narrator and hours of enjoyable listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 01-10-16
    William 01-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "poor reader spoils the book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you just want someone to "read" a book to you, with no story-telling ability, then this will be the book for you. Read it yourself as a book rather than suffer through these readers.


    What other book might you compare The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 to and why?

    For a much better experience try volume one of this series, read by Frederick Davidson -- he's a story-teller, not just a reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Easiest way is to hire better narrators for this fascinating story. If the narrators don't know the proper pronunciation of names of writers and characters, someone should be listening to check the correct pronunciation. It's just not true that anyone who knows how to read is an appropriate narrator for audible books. With Davidson as a superb example of a wonderful story-teller for Volume One of this Churchill series, and with scores of books to his credit, why are you fooling around with people of lesser talent?


    Any additional comments?

    Evaluating narrator quality is evidently more difficult than it would seem to be. Maybe you should focus-group various narrators before letting them hurt sales of audible books. We like the authors, we like the stories -- but amateurish narrators are a definite deal-breaker.

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    Chuck Bauer 12-20-15
    Chuck Bauer 12-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible performer"

    The reader of this book is god awful with the same blanket cadence and rhythm - dreadful.

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    tejano90 11-21-15
    tejano90 11-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Performance killed the story."

    Unfortunately, the readers performance diminishes the story. Hearing "idear" spoken instead of "idea" becomes nails of the chalkboard, and the story becomes unlistenable.

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    robert 10-27-15
    robert 10-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Reading was exceptional with all the right accents. What an incredible
    Man who unbelievably made his 90th birthday despite poor health over
    Many years and constant cigars and brandy, champagne and fighting
    In wars. A true giant .

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    Robert Kingston 10-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The Last Lion Volume 3"

    Excellent. The story and presentation were worthy of the man. I would highly recommend all 3 volumes. The readers for all 3 volumes were good with volume 1 outstanding.

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    Ben Sahlmüller 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a remarkable man and what a great story!"

    I loved the richness of detail and the multiplicity of storylines that were woven into this book.

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    Bradders 08-08-15
    Bradders 08-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wonderful Story"

    Excellent listening and well presented biography of the wonderful leader of the UK during WWII.

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    Doug 06-29-15
    Doug 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it!"

    This is a fantastic story told exceedingly well. The narrator is also fantastic. I've listened to it four times through and have enjoyed it immensely every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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