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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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    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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    "No Better Source!"

    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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    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 02-11-12
    H. Connelly Philadelphia, PA 02-11-12 Member Since 2004

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    I found this by accident and boy am I glad I did. This is such a deep and well written book. The narrator is terrific. Churchill goes into all the backdealing and intrigue that led up to what he called the Unnecessary War. I will get the other books next.

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    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 01-03-12
    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. if you like history, if you like great historical figures, you must absorb this work.


    What other book might you compare The Second World War to and why?

    William Manchester books. both are history well told. the difference is the perspective. Manchester reports on historical figures lives in an interesting and captivating way. Churchill tells it himself. Both great.


    What about Christian Rodska???s performance did you like?

    really? i thought it was Chruchill himself.


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

    that would be stretching it a bit.


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    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 12-07-11
    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2012

    I'm just this guy, y'know?

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    "Amazing..."

    This is a fascinating history. With the war drums beating, you get to watch the Allies stumbling around trying to avoid war and dropping the ball again and again - again. Being told in the first person and narrated by a guy who sounds (to my naive ears) a lot like Churchill, it is a compelling narrative.

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    Alvin LUBBOCK, TX, United States 08-03-11
    Alvin LUBBOCK, TX, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent WWII"

    This is carefully worded and well documented. Compelling and interesting throughout. The narration is excellent.

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    Cheryl Waters 05-16-11 Member Since 2008
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    "No Finer History"

    Churchill's view is perforce biased, but it is explicit, analytical, even at times self-deprecating. This title goes on sale every so often, and is an excellent buy.

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