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.
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. Please note: This book was originally published in six volumes:
1.The Gathering Storm
2. Their Finest Hour
3. The Grand Alliance
4. The Hinge of Fate
5. Closing the Ring
6. Triumph and Tragedy
Churchill then condensed these into four volumes, which have since been released as one, rather hefty, publication. Audible has published the unabridged recordings of Churchill's condensed volume, divided into four parts, as follows:
1.Milestone to Disaster
3.The Grand Alliance
4.Triumph and Tragedy
©1959 Cassell and Co. Ltd; ©1990 the Esate of Winston Churchill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was like taking a WWII history class. I liked the history but just finished a WWII history class so this was a little tough. If you love Churchill or have an interest in the details of the war this is for you. I will say I did like Winston's opinions, they were wise and funny at times.
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
Sir Winston Churchill
This book is evidence of that. It should be taken with a grain of salt when he talks about himself however it does provide a unique perspective from someone that was there. So much has been written about the German side of things during this period but little about the British side.
I learnt a lot from this book such as the fact that Poland grabbed part of Czechoslovakia as part of the German carve up in 1938.
Highly recommended for someone that wants to fill in the gap of their WWII knowledge.
I felt like ole Winnie was speaking himself!
An insight into the management of the war
Sir Winston Churchill in a first hand account tell us the steps that put the World in jeopardy during WWII.
It's one of the books in my Top 10 list.
Half of the books I've listened to are non fiction, with the greater part of that being history. I would rank this audio book in the top half of these.
While not what I originally chose this book for, I found Churchill's perspective on the home government rather illuminating. All taken with a pinch of salt as he was a politician.
Reading history with verve is tough. Since this book is written in the first person it gives the narrator some leeway to embellish. Rodska does this just enough to heighten the intimacy of the read.
Not at alll.
I recommend for those who already have a good knowledge of WWII. The book's value lies more in giving the reader the perspective of one individual who among very few who can lay claim to having been a principal player in shaping its outcome.
Winston Churchill's knowledge of what was transpiring was quite extensive. You can see some similarities with more current situations of the last 20 years or so. Sometimes it is better to stand up to a tyrant from the start as it sets up the direction your future relationship will take. This is often the advice given children when trying to deal with a bully in school.
You have to love Winston. Sometimes he comes off as pretentious but mostly he is humble about his part in the affairs leading up to WWII.
Great reading by the narrator, British accent and all.
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Plenty of valuable lessons and insights relevant to the times in which we live. Churchill was a creative genius.
Any moment when Churchill wields metaphor to paint word pictures. A master of language.
An epic told by the man who lived it.
You can't stop listening!
Churchill's perspective and his ability to articulate it are engaging and exciting, even when you know the eventual outcomes.
His The Gathering Storm was much the same, and Liddell Hart's, The Real War is similar.
The unnecessary war and how it happened
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.
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