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.
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Really? Is this a real question?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The shocking revolation of how easy it would have been in the mid 1930s to prevent the war from happening.
This book was principally about the prelude to the Second World War.
He becomes Churchill. The perfect reader or should I say performer.
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.
Among the top ten in History Category
He captured both the essence of the author and the voice of times
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.
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.
it is all great
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
The book lays out very professionally and lets the words speak for the ages
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
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.
This is the best of both individual and series audiobooks dealing with the WW2.
The story begins right where it ought to begin - the end of WW1.
Mr. Rodska seems to evoke the spirit of Churchill to me. His reading could only be bettered by Churchill himself.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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
I would most recently recommend it.
I liked the insight, the vocabulary, the choice of words and overall filter of the narrator, who of course is Winston Churchil!
The voice of the narrator is GREAT! It's like hearing Winston Churchil reading his book to you!
Strongest reality wins!
I listen to it again and again. It's just kind of puts me on right mindset!
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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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