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Graham Perks

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Rousing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-06

I just wasn't ready for how good this book is. The reader is excellent and though I thought nobody could top F. Davidson (who read the first two Churchill volumes), this reader is also excellent and by the end has me convined Churchill is doing his own voiceovers. Don't let the change in reader put you off! The audio quality of this volume is the best of the bunch too.

Works well with an iPods Faster listening speed, which shortens the book 25%.

According to an Amazon reviewer, the third part of the Churchill saga will be published in 2007 - hooray!

This volume takes us through the awful conquences of Appeasement, continual Nazi gains and horrors in Europe, and like a fine novel works us down through the 1930s to the blackest nights of despair in Europe's history; with Churchill powerlessly voicing the peril they are in.

Chekoslovakia has been given away; Hungary is long gone. Poland wiped from the map, split with Russia's monstrous Red Army which is now allied with the Nazis. Norway and the vital ore assets in Sweden are securely in Nazi hands.

In the days before the Nazi attack on the low countries & France, France fires its useless top general leaving its army leaderless, and then its government resigns. In the UK, parliament votes to throw out the current Prime Minister and his government: then Denmark, Holland, Belgium are overrun, and France swiftly penetrated; the French and British armies about to be cut off from escape. Nazi attack coordination between planes, panzers, and infantry is overwhelming and deadly. Blitzkrieg indeed.

You know the history. You know what happens. But the book reads like a thriller and still leaves you guessing. Night is about to fall on Freedom; at the last moment, one shining beacon gains the power to rally the free world. Is it too late?

Wow. Manchester has written a fabulous book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Churchill does it again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-06

If I recall correctly, this volume covers WW1 and aftermath. Very interesting; Churchill, if listened to, probably would have shaved two years off the war and saved many lives; treated as scapegoat for timidly incompetent British naval mistakes, Churchill goes through a variety of Cabinet posts including getting friendly with the IRA's Micheal Collins.

Churchill's life was clearly very rich and full - and busy as heck to pay his bills - this book gives a convincing look at this great man.

The recording quality is not the best but your ears will adjust.

Works great with an iPod's Faster reading mode, which cuts down on the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Churchill - superhero?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-06

I had no idea Churchill got up to so much before WW1. Getting shot at in Cuba? Boer war? Fleeing across South Africa? A prolific writer?

Davidson does an amazing reading job as usual, breathing life in to the characters.

The book gives context around Churchill; fashion, popular songs which really helps draw a wonderful picture of life.

If I recall correctly, this volume covers the period before WW1.

The recording quality is not the best but your ears will adjust.

Works great with an iPod's Faster reading mode, which cuts down on the time.

Highly recommended. I'm currently enjoying the last volume, set in 1939. Wonderful stuff.

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Best of the bunch?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-06

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two audiobooks of Churchill's life. I was worried this would be a slight let-down given the change in reader. But, although this reader takes a little getting used to after Davidson's brilliance, he's a good reader too (just that Davidson can go to eleven sometimes).

This is a fascinating book that covers the rise of Hitler and Nazism; the unbelievable bumbling and incompetence of His Majesty's Government, and Churchill's persistence and unwavering opinion throughout.

The recording quality is just fine, though a little patchy. It works great with an iPod's Faster reading mode.

This book covers up to around 1938 with Hitler pushing left and right and France and Britain attempting appeasement... no really, have Chezkoslovakia, it's all yours Hitler just leave us alone!

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New to Little Britain

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-05

This is probably really good if you've seen the TV show. I haven't; I'm British; I laughed at some parts. But I couldn't make it through to the end. Maybe I'll try this on Netflix and then try another book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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My first Wodehouse

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-05

This book had me laughing out loud at the sheer nonsense of it all!

A superb reader too.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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A great ending to Sharpe and Napoleon

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

There's no such thing as a bad Sharpe book. Start with Sharpe's Tiger and you'll be hooked for the entire series! This is the final book and wraps up Sharpe, Harper, and Napoleon's careers.

With an interesting back story that I had no idea about (the possibility of which would certainly have left a huge impact to world history), this is a good listen.

But if you've listened to any Sharpe books, you have no need to read this review. If you've not listened to any Sharpe book, this probably isn't the ideal one to start with, since it's the last in the series - go immediately for any other Sharpe novel as your next listen!

11 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Seven-eighths dull

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-05

I was looking for a nautical Sharpe, but instead found this dull book. When there is some action, it's very good. However most of the book is spent on land, full of tiresome conversation (see for example Pride and Prejudice). I was very surprised and disappointed given the other good reviews; I don't know whether to try another in this series or not. It was a struggle for me to finish this book.

Having listened and enjoyed to all the Sharpe novels, I have tried the single well-recorded Hornblower book on Audible and it's FAR better than this. Now I'm stuck for what historical military fiction to listen to next!

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Preferred Lost Light

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-05

Listened to Lost Light first, then gave this a try. It's not quite as good. Also it seems to end before everything was fully wrapped up. Not bad, but there's at least one better Bosch book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story, great reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-04

This is the first book by this author that I've read. An intriguing detective story and the perfect reader for this style of book. Highly recommended.