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.
"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)
If only I didn't know better I would have like this book much better. The only problem: I read Winston's own books on the same subject, and when placed together, this book comes out as, well, inaccurate, and riddled with clichés. The narration is awful, as if the narrator was constantly turning his nose up at the book, all the time seeming haughty, and contemptuous of the subject.
For someone who enjoys history, I should have been far more knowledgeable about Winston Churchill than I am. Having read user reviews from other Audible customers, I decided that William Manchester's three volume biography would likely be a good choice. Volume one does not disappoint. Superbly written and exquisite read, aloof Churchill's idiosyncrasies, his disappointments and successes are portrayed clearly and honestly. Manchester makes it clear thatChurchill probably could not have been expected by others to show the courage and overall brilliance that marked this man's life, through childhood, war career, journalist - an astonishingly vast range of activities and achievements. V1 sets the stage for understanding that Churchill's life was one of contrasts -failures1 successes and triumphs amidst adversity.I'm hoping that volume two will be just as fascinating.
Tomorrow isn't certain. Live today for Christ, so you may live in Him forever!
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.
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!
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.
I'm soon to be 60. I love Audible as I can listen to books and still do my chores.
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.
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.
The young Winston voice.
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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