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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Looking back to 1930 we might think that it was such a long time ago and something like that would never happen , that we would never allow Hitler to" arm him self up to his teeth" and let him start imperial politics, , people have a funny way of self explaining obvious things ! this book will show you the prelude to WW II from a Sir Winston Churchill point of view !
good book if you like WW II History a must read after this one would be " Blood Lands " by Snyder
Many years ago I read the six volume series from which this four volume series was derived. I had forgotten how wonderful Sir Winston’s writing is. There are many great and classic books on WWII but this should be at the top of anyone’s list that has an interest in the event. Also, the reader is superb.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in WWII. I have just listened to first book and am going to download the next one. Narration is excellent. I would recommend that you familiarize yourself with the map of Europe before you start. The book is from Churchill's / British point of view and though it is very objective, but sometimes you feel that it is biased. It also gives insight into how Hitler operated and how different events in history tie in together.
So much I did not know about the Second World War the problem is there is so much political information I got lost in a lot of the story.
Putting books on the back burner.
I bought this book on sale and I should had bought it sooner. I'm looking forward of listening to the next book in a few and hope to finish the series by summer/fall.
I have already listened to all of the volumes of" The History of the English Speaking Peoples ". That was wonderful but this is better. Quite extraordinary wr
iting and wonderful narrator. I am thoroughly looking forward to the other 3 books.
Have listened to the available 3 books. All are terrific, and hope the final book gets produced. A critical period in history written beautifully by a key man of that time.
didn't finish, seemed to roll over the same material twice, slightly minced
Gaff Spee sinking
Well read but material seems to just double up
This is a great listen and well worth the time and money. Good for nighty night also.The parts you sleep through you can repeat as WWII is heavy going. Will definitely buy the rest of the series. Follow this up with "Intellectuals and Society" by Sowell. Will make your hair stand on end.
I was really looking forward to this audiobook since it is the one WWII book from the man himself, Winston Churchill. My main complaint is that WC spends most of the time explaining away why the British government (except him) failed to stop Hitler from violating the non-agression pacts that were signed by Chamberlain. Sounds to me like a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking! I feel he shares some of the responsibility as well.
"Extremely good listening"
Excellent, just excellent, I listened to this as one might to a novel,it was so gripping. I have only downloaded this title a day or two and have finished it already. All through the reading I could hear the great man's voice. The reading was very good indeed
"Riveting history by a master story-teller"
I couldn't stop listening to this first of four parts of this monumental work covering the prelude and execution of the Second World War written by the man who saw Britain through its darkest hours. He writes wonderfully well in a fluent and captivating style that gives a tremendous sense of immediacy to this historical record. Being of the generation born just after the War much of the bones of the story are well-known but not the details of just how near to disaster our country came on several occasions. Churchill's fine writing and the precarious nature of the events described make for a wonderful listen greatly enhanced by Christian Rodska's masterly narration. I've immediately started listening to the next part of this quartet of books.
Having finished listening to the whole four volumes of Churchill's WWII work, I can say that it was time extremely well spent. The narration was superb, with just enough Churchillism in the voice to bring images of the great man to mind. Churchill's writings are wonderful. If you are concerned that this work will be dull and tedious, don't worry, it is certainly not (I especially enjoyed the remark made by the Naval chap to the Russian official, after being offered a cigarette - find it in the fourth book!). Chances are, you'll be listening for a second or third time - I will. My only regret is that I listened to this work first - whereas, it may have been better to listen, initially, to the work on the first world war, then this work - but thats just me, there is no real reason why you cannot listen and enjoy this one first. Download this and enjoy. It will give you a better understanding of how the world managed to tumble into another war and of the great man himself. I don't really care much for celebrities, actors/actresses, singers and such, but of the very few people I admire, Churchill is one. And he would definitely be invited to my dining table- if only I could get the time machine to work!
"One of the best narrators I've heard"
Christian Rodska really makes this book come alive. You can imagine sitting next to Churchill himself reading the book. His accent and interpretation are spot on. And he is equally adept at other character accents in the book. I really enjoyed listening to it and became absorbed in both the story and in Churchill's splendid use of the language.
"Worth the read"
Winston Churchill is a great writer besides being a great Prime Minister. Really good to hear it form his point of view rather than from others writing about him or the war. You definitely realise this was a man ahead of his time, and one of the few to really get Hitler.
This is a truly fantastic audiobook that has been very well narrated. I have listened to this time and again and keep finding new content of interest. If you have an interest in the second world war then, quite simply, you have to buy this.
"Good listen even for a non native english speaker"
I was caution at first, knowing nearly zero about UK politics, as I was afraid the book would be filled with names I knew nothing about, knowledge of which would be a prerequisite to understand the story.
It was not the case.
It is a very interesting book. So interesting, that I purchased second one immediately after I finish it.
Christian Rodska does a superb job.
"Classic history lesson from the 'horses mouth'"
I want to complete my education which is rather lacking in history so I am either reading novels based around important milestones or occasionally delving into the real deal. The Narrator Christian Rodska does a fair impression of Churchill when reading parts of his speeches and it really adds texture to the book.
The clear sentiments of Churchill about these historic times and his instincts that may have prevented war. Clearly written in hindsight but with sufficient evidence to suggest he did what he could at the time to avert disaster. I'm so pleased he chose to write the book.
He is excellent in bringing Churchill to life
A great audiobook and well read, as well.
Unfortunatley, it ends in 1941, as it is only a part of a 4 part volume!
When can we expect the rest, or do we have to live under the delusion that the war only lasted 2 years!
"Great but what happened after 1942"
Great but what happened after 1942. Audio downloads were in two parts which I assume med was the original two volumes Churchill wrote. It appears to finish in 1942 did Churchill write it this way or has something gone wrong ? otherwise very good.
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