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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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    David Kaufman 10-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story, not so great narration"

    The narrator uses the EXACT SAME pitch and cadence for every sentence which was incredibly distracting and made it hard to get lost in the story itself. That said, the book is fantastic and well worth the struggles of listening to this particular narration.

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    aoubio 09-28-16
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    "Completely transformed my view of WW2. Superb!"

    i had no idea how superficial my knowledge a out ww2 was until i read this book. long but superbly written. Highly recommend also Panzer Commander by Hans von luck. what a rare experience in these two books.

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    IHeartShoes 09-23-16
    IHeartShoes 09-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic story"

    well delivered I felt like I was learning something profound during every listen amazing man

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    Daniel Berman 09-04-16
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    "Winston Spencer Churchill - The Greatest Defender of Liberty"

    This Biography is a Masterpiece. To survive in print Churchill's Biography must be spread over three huge volumes. I know of no other person whose life requires and deserves three such volumes. Manchester appropriately died while working on the third volume. His research, narrative, thoroughness is a life's work plus a little more. These volumes are as unbiased and clear minded . Churchill's status as the most important person of the past century is unrivaled. Hiss life was, if any man's life, predestined. Everyone who seeks or values Liberty and Freedom owes their debt or dream to Churchill. These massive books do a magnificent justice to Churchill and will be the biography that all others are measured over time.

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    Scarlet Stark 08-23-16 Member Since 2016

    and so it goes over the hills and far away blows the winds of winter and Springs just a dream over the hills and far away

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    "Leave the stage with honor...the last triumph of England."

    The volume 3 lacks little but volumes 1 and 2 were better Manchester is not the sole author and it wears little for my part. This lion is worth your time enjoy the end of an era this is. Must read / listen for all interested in biography of great humans in my own opinion cheers!

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    Jane PNW 08-17-16
    Jane PNW 08-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It doesn't get any better than this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent writing, inside information, great subject.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3?

    There wasn't ONE, there were fifty.


    Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Makes me listen to it again, which I am doing.


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    Christine 08-11-16
    Christine 08-11-16
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    "A fitting conclusion to an astounding trilogy"

    There are simply no words. The finest biography I have ever read about a man who changed the face of history. I believe Manchester would be happy to see Reid's conclusion to this beautiful work which adds not only outstanding global context to the events but brings Churchill to brilliant life as he is meant to be viewed. Absolutely fascinating. (Side note: many have complained of the narrator however on 1.25x speed it is quite enjoyable and the cadence sounds more natural).

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    Philip San Jose, CA, United States 08-03-16
    Philip San Jose, CA, United States 08-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding!"

    Well written and well spoken. I've listened to 100's of Audible Book Recordings and this is in the top five along with "The Boys in the Boat."

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    Daniel Lexington, SC, United States 07-06-16
    Daniel Lexington, SC, United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2016

    57 yr old Jerseyite (now) . Moved to SC in 1994

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    "You will find it unbelievable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    winston


    What about Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s performance did you like?

    the no bias presentation


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

    yes there were most likely several...actually . He was urforgiving.of the nazis
    Winston Churchill was the strangest in personal habits yet most brilliant man in the 20th century . I think I'll take that .


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    Jonathan 06-18-16
    Jonathan 06-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring and life changing"

    This whole set had been a marvelous and inspiring experience. It has raised my vision of what man can do and brought me to tears on multiple occasions. God surely blessed this man to bless our lives.

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