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)
Will listen again, get it, get it now! Use 1.25 speed for efficiency.. Bookmarked so many good quotes performed well by the narrator!
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.
Fitness, Automotive, Tech, and Camera gear.
great content but audio sounds tinny from car speakers. great performance by narrator and characters
I am an avid reader and listener. I especially love imaginative fiction when I am "brain frazzled" from heavier stuff.
This is an enthralling story of the life and times of an incomparable human being. It is well worth the time.
As a churchill fan I knew I had to read/listen to this book. I have read many biographies of the great man, including Sir Martin Gilbert's glorious 8 volume tome. Still, this book offered much to me, not least of which was the fabulous performance by the narrator. He did wonderful voices, with Churchill's being, I think, one of the best to be found. I look forward to the next volume, which I'm headed to purchase presently.
Just a Reader
Obstreperous unrepentant genius
While initially off-putting, Davidson's mimicking of Churchill's voice was, for the most part, an added benefit to the narrative.
Loved it--totally absorbing.
This book is LOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG!
It contains a lot of detail. Many interesting quotes.
But it is too long.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.