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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 Audiobook
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932
Written by: 
William Manchester
Narrated by: 
Frederick Davidson
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 Audiobook

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

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Publisher's Summary

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

In political office at the end of WWI, Churchill foresaw the folly of Versailles and feared what a crippled Germany would do to the balance of power. In his years in the political wilderness, from 1931 to 1939, he alone of all British public men, continually raised his voice against Hitler and his appeasers. For over 50 years, he was constantly involved in, and usually at the center of, the most important events of his age. It was, however, his obduracy on matters of principle, his fortitude in the face of opposition, and his perseverance in standing alone that defined him.

©1983 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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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-11-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "A Window into the Past"

    Manchester brings dead facts to life in this biography. I feel like I was Churchill's invisabe friend. Its sad when you realize he has been dead for over 40 years. I miss him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Mitchell Englewood, Fl United States 07-04-16
    Jonathan Mitchell Englewood, Fl United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2016

    Tomorrow isn't certain. Live today for Christ, so you may live in Him forever!

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    "A masterful biography of the origins of a political genius."

    I found this biography to be one of the most satisfying listens in all of my audible library. I have many and this is one of the best.

    Unlike many others I found this reading to be excellent. Very British and eccentric - perfect depiction of Churchill's Victorian origins.

    Highly recommended!

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    Lynn 06-25-16
    Lynn 06-25-16
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    "Great History the Life and Time of Churchill"

    The author places Churchill in a 3-D verbal video of the world - we watch Churchill move through it - it envelopes him and he influences it. As the story progresses through letters, diaries, his writings, newspaper clips, etc, one comes to understand Churchill's relationships with his family and friends, colleagues, world leaders, soldiers, newspaper men, employees and 'the man on the street' etc. and the impact they all had on his development into a world leader. 43 hours of audio and quite a testament to a brilliant, talented man! The narration was excellent!

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    Maria C Ehlers 05-10-16 Member Since 2007
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    "First you need to be a History major"

    I hoped to enjoy a biography that would help me learn more about this famous figure. However, this was the worst book I've ever gotten from Audible. Every sentence has a reference or allusion that required a thorough knowledge of European history to understand.

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    MDY Arizona 04-28-16
    MDY Arizona 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome times a thousand!"

    My husband suggested listening to The Last Lion & I'm so glad I did. There's not one thing that I didn't like in the book or the narrator. I felt like I was transported in time to witness the story of Winston Churchill. The book is worth the time & money to listen to.

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    Amazon Customer 04-18-16 Member Since 2009
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    Informative and well researched. Thank you for being honest and fair to a complex man.

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    J. Terrizzi jacksonville FL 04-02-16
    J. Terrizzi jacksonville FL 04-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting story, don't prefer the narrator"
    What did you like best about The Last Lion? What did you like least?

    There is a lot of quotes from letters and such. The narrator does a good mature Winston voice, which I enjoyed and thought would be neat. The immature Winston was apparently an effeminate imp. He changes his voice to an effeminate falsetto and it's really annoying. I guess I will forever think of young winston as a sissy, not the liberator of the free world.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    The young Winston voice.


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    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 03-23-16
    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 03-23-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Tough"

    I love William Manchester. He writes a complex fully textured narrative. He wants to provide the full context (the person, the time the place), but the narrator makes this very difficult to follow. I am sure it was a clever idea to have this read by someone from Britain with a high class British accent, but given Manchester's style of wandering all over the landscape it makes this a very difficult book to listen to. I would recommend it to someone who isn't bothered by the narration because I think Manchester is a wonderful story teller. I am having real difficulty making it through.

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    William 01-10-16
    William 01-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "superb story superb reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Frederick Davidson is the perfect reader for this life of Churchill series. Perfect voice, perfect tone, he's not just "reading" -- but bringing the story alive. My of my Audible choices are based on his narration.


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

    Frederick Davidson bring the story alive because he's not just "reading" the book -- he's a consummate story-teller in his narrative qualities. Whether it's Dickens or Wodehouse, a mystery or an historical series, Davidson is exceptional.


    Any additional comments?

    Why in heaven did you have anyone else but Davidson narrate the final book in this series? That was a huge mistake ... and incredibly aggravating to all of us Davidson fans who have purchased the previous Churchill books.

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    Kelli 11-25-15
    Kelli 11-25-15
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    "Awe inspiring"

    This and the second and third volumes were sensational. It's incredible to me that any one person could have lived such a life. I could not recommend a book any more highly.

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