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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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    E. gordon lake worth, fl United States 11-02-15
    E. gordon lake worth, fl United States 11-02-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Accent"

    I found this book to be interesting. However as an American English speaker I found it very taxing to focus on the accent yet still missing words. I could not finish the book past 30 minutes from the beginning. Even though the narrator had good diction but it was impossible to enjoy due to the accent.

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    CSO Fan Midwest USA 10-17-15
    CSO Fan Midwest USA 10-17-15
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    "Magnificent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lion to be better than the print version?

    The narration and, in fact, the performance of this book by Frederick Davidson is not only entertaining, but compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The great prose.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    All, but especially WSC.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT!!

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    James 09-28-15
    James 09-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"

    I really liked the historical detail and the historical facts of World War 1. I will be purchasing volume 2.

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    Matt Edmonton, AB, Canada 09-25-15
    Matt Edmonton, AB, Canada 09-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic in every regard"

    The text, performance and recording are top notch. Even though it's quite long I just couldn't stop listening. Churchill is presented here as a person instead of the familiar caricature; by turns inspiring, hilarious and frustrating. He lived "in interesting times" as the bust goes but seems to have been made especially for it.

    The narrators impersonation is awesome. Several times I laughed out loud or shed a tear. Super can't wait for volume 2!


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    M. Forte 08-18-15
    M. Forte 08-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Aerospace engineer and web site developer

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    "Great book but..."

    I never thought I would say this about a biography but there was almost too much detail at times to the point of losing interest. The first 4-5 chapters of the book were setting the scene of the 1800s and what people were doing, wearing, thinking, etc. And then Winston Churchill was born. It was almost too much to bear.

    It's a great story but a tedious read at times. I highly recommend the audiobook as it will prevent you from re-reading the same line over and over when your mind wanders. The audiobook pushes through the muck.

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    jeremy 08-13-15
    jeremy 08-13-15
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    "Great book, painful audio mastering"

    It is nearly impossible to turn up the Volume loud enough to listen to - with even just an air conditioner on - without being deafened by the hissing treble of the actors enunciation. He's a great reader but audible app. Desperately needs a graphic equalizer!!

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    J. R. McKenna Dover, MA 07-10-15
    J. R. McKenna Dover, MA 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent review of Winston's youth"
    Would you listen to The Last Lion again? Why?

    Yes, there is a lot of great history in the book


    Any additional comments?

    Winston had a magical life full of unbelieveable moments

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    Richard 06-03-15
    Richard 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding"

    Excellent, and exceptional book.
    Well written. Keeps you wanting more.
    It all makes complete sense.
    Hurrah! Can't wait to continue to the next.

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    J. Niskanen Finland 05-17-15
    J. Niskanen Finland 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is the goods"

    Will listen again, get it, get it now! Use 1.25 speed for efficiency.. Bookmarked so many good quotes performed well by the narrator!

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    Fred 04-29-15
    Fred 04-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very detailed, insanely in depth."

    I was quite interested in the this book originally. There was a great leader that I wanted to know more about. I should have realized by the length of the book that it might require more patience than I was used to putting into a book.

    This book did a great favor for me in that I now listed to audio books one chapter at a time. I'm currently listening to 25 or so books simultaneously on a loop. I finish one chapter and move on to the next book and so on. This lies me to finish 10 or so books every month.

    The detail in this book as excruciating, down to seemingly every conversation Winston Churchill ever had with anyone. To make it worse, I found it terribly difficult to decipher large swaths of dialog because they were being read in a "Churchillian" voice.

    Lots and lots and lots of info. Im glad that is over.

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