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The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster | [Sir Winston Churchill]

The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.
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Audible Editor Reviews

History, as Winston Churchill famously predicted, has been good to him. His exalted place in the 20th century annals has been cemented through his Noble Prize-winning memoir, A History of the Second World War. In this audiobook version of the four-volume, 45-hour memoir, British actor Christian Rodska conveys the triumphs and tragedies of WW II with a voice as august and buoyant as we know Churchill's to have been. Consistently riveting and rich in historical insight, Churchill's memoir puts the listener in intimate audience with the powerful oration and defiant eloquence with which Churchill led a continent through its darkest hour.

Publisher's Summary

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

©1959 Cassell and Co. Ltd; ©1990 the Esate of Winston Churchill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Lee 09-04-12
    Lee 09-04-12
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    "A unique perspective on massive historical event"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War?

    Really? Is this a real question?


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

    As an actor with an english accent and the fact he seems to be trying to sound a little like Winston Churchill it is a unique listen as opposed to just reading the book.


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

    I like to spread books out and listen to different ones at different times, driving, exercising etc. I would not be able to sit still long enough to listen to any 12 hour book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    These questions do not give you a chance to do the book justice. It is one of the most unique perspectives available for a major historical event in human history written by an exceptional writer who was right in the middle of it and on face value admits his own mistakes, does not crucify others he feels may have been making mistakes at the time. It is a balanced description of international relations at the time, why Hitler became so powerful in Germany and why no one wanted to do anything about it. It is also a unique outline of the political environment in Britain at the time and a great insight into the difference technology made to warfare between the first and second world wars. Anyone interesting in the second world war I don't think you will be disappointed with this Volume of The Second World War by Winston Chuchill.

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    Mark 08-17-12
    Mark 08-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "If you are interested in WWII, you have to read"

    Theres no doubt that the author is largely trying to vindicate himself and does so in an annoying tone where he pretends he's just giving the facts. This is certainly off-putting. But once you accept this book as that--and not scholarship--it really is worth your time. In addition to the stories being great, you really get a sense of what the Allies did wrong to lead up to the war. Also, the narrator is spectacular. No phones foreign accents or silly exaggeration. Just passionate reading.

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    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 07-07-12
    Jim Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 07-07-12

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    "Great Book -- A War That Could Have Been Prevented"
    What did you love best about The Second World War?

    The shocking revolation of how easy it would have been in the mid 1930s to prevent the war from happening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War?

    This book was principally about the prelude to the Second World War.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He becomes Churchill. The perfect reader or should I say performer.


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

    Impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    They say peoples who don't study history are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past. This book clearly demonstrates that pacifism caused WWII when faced by an unprincipled dictator who was only concerned with his tribe and not humanity as a whole.

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    James 06-27-12
    James 06-27-12
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    "Milestones to Disaster Is An Essential Read"
    Where does The Second World War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top ten in History Category


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    He captured both the essence of the author and the voice of times


    Any additional comments?

    As the Greatest Generation passes, it is easy to lose sight of how their sacrifices became necessary. In that sense, if we lose the small steps and warning signals from 1918 to 1940 we risk the need for that sort of sacrifice being necessary again. Whether the Iranian nuclear program is our Sudetenland crisis or something else. This work along with Shirer's Berlin Diaries are most reads for that period.

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    JonMontanavega 05-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Sounds like Churchill"

    Yes, the narrator isn't Winston Churchill, but his gravatos makes him sound like him. Excellent. A great short history of WWII from the British leader's viewpoint. A great listen on a long ride.

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    nir Glenview, IL, United States 05-10-12
    nir Glenview, IL, United States 05-10-12
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    "To-the-point perspective from a great man's pen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Second World War to be better than the print version?

    it is all great


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that you are getting the facts from an acclaimed historian about a time when the writer is on of the 3 key figures in one of the most important times in world history makes this book an opportunity that is special at many levels


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    The book lays out very professionally and lets the words speak for the ages


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

    The fact that the history is laid out by the man who made the history, and that it is done in a straightforward manner from the viewpoint of an historian makes this a must read for those who focus on non-fiction


    Any additional comments?

    It is charming how he weaves in suggestions about how to take naps during times of prolonged stress while describing the history of World War II.

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    relchip_rrea 05-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    Where does The Second World War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best of both individual and series audiobooks dealing with the WW2.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story begins right where it ought to begin - the end of WW1.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Rodska seems to evoke the spirit of Churchill to me. His reading could only be bettered by Churchill himself.


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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 03-20-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 03-20-12 Member Since 2014

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "An all time favorite 5 star series"

    If youve never read Churchill before, prepare yourself for one of the most original and immensely talented award winning writers ever. This is his utterly fascinating and insightful account of ww2. A must read as far as Im concerned. Dont let the length of this series deter you, You wont be able to put it down. This book so impressed me that I went on to read almost everything else he wrote and from there I came across " the last lion" by William Manchester - The greatest Churchill biography (as far as Im concerned) which also resides at the pinnical of my all time favorite books

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    Andreas Athens, Greece 03-19-12
    Andreas Athens, Greece 03-19-12
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    "Great to listen to!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most recently recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the insight, the vocabulary, the choice of words and overall filter of the narrator, who of course is Winston Churchil!


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The voice of the narrator is GREAT! It's like hearing Winston Churchil reading his book to you!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Strongest reality wins!


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to it again and again. It's just kind of puts me on right mindset!

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 03-17-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    Can't get over this narrator! He manages to sound much like Churchill without doing a stagey impersonation. Just marvelous!
    This is, of course, a history with a particular point of view. But whose point of view about WWII could be more relevant than Churchill's? He's a great writer, and the sense of immediacy is compelling. I dare anyone to read just one volume of his WWII history -- Audible wisely put this first volume on sale and thus made me buy all the others!
    Experience Churchill's view of WWII by listening to this history -- it's a wonderful ride.

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