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The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster Audiobook
The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster
Written by: 
Winston Churchill
Narrated by: 
Christian Rodska
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The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster Audiobook

The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

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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. 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
2.Alone
3.The Grand Alliance
4.Triumph and Tragedy

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

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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 04-22-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Good history but pretty dry"

    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.

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    Paul los angeles, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Paul los angeles, CA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great for what it is."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    "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.


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    TravisD 02-28-13
    TravisD 02-28-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Sir Winston"

    Sir Winston speaks for himself. Buy it, listen to it, learn something, for heaven's sake.

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    Dan Tuscola, IL, United States 02-12-13
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    What did you love best about The Second World War?

    I felt like ole Winnie was speaking himself!


    What did you like best about this story?

    An insight into the management of the war


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    Winnie


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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 02-05-13
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 02-05-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Great book about the War and outstanding narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Second World War the most enjoyable?

    Sir Winston Churchill in a first hand account tell us the steps that put the World in jeopardy during WWII.


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

    It's one of the books in my Top 10 list.


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    Frank Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12
    Frank Portland, OR, United States 12-28-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "WWII direct from the source"
    Where does The Second World War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Not at alll.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Bruce 12-11-12
    Bruce 12-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "The lives that could have been saved"
    What did you love best about The Second World War?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great reading by the narrator, British accent and all.

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    Jeff EDWARDS, IL, United States 10-27-12
    Jeff EDWARDS, IL, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2012

    Loyal Amazon FanBoy

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    Would you listen to The Second World War again? Why?

    Plenty of valuable lessons and insights relevant to the times in which we live. Churchill was a creative genius.


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

    Any moment when Churchill wields metaphor to paint word pictures. A master of language.


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

    An epic told by the man who lived it.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't stop listening!

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    C. Russell Roswell, GA 09-17-12
    C. Russell Roswell, GA 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "History like I wish it had been taught"
    What did you love best about The Second World War?

    Churchill's perspective and his ability to articulate it are engaging and exciting, even when you know the eventual outcomes.


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

    His The Gathering Storm was much the same, and Liddell Hart's, The Real War is similar.


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

    no


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

    The unnecessary war and how it happened


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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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