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Clementine Audiobook

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

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Publisher's Summary

A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill.

By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her". Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.

©2015 Sonia Purnell (P)2015 Recorded Books

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    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 12-25-15
    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 12-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful and inspiring"

    I did not expect I would enjoy this book so much. It is very much an account of an era, and not just about the life of "Clemi" Churchill. I feel like I learned so much about certain aspects of World War II history I was not aware. Superb narration by Susan Lyons, as always.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kristi 06-03-16
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    "Excellent "

    Susan Lyons did a superb job narrating this book. I chose this over The Last Lion because I wanted to know more about the intimate part of Churhill's life and Sonia Purnell delivered a well researched book with a well spring of rich sources. Clementine Churchill has not been given enough credit for her contributions to the world. Purnell aims to remedy that. Without Clementine there most likely would not have been a Winston.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jv1739 05-22-16
    Jv1739 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book!"

    learned a great deal about the churchills ss well as england and ww 2! all told with "clemmie" in mind. what a behind the scenes achiever she was !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Callihan 02-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Riveting little discussed daily life."

    An interesting consideration of both Mr. and Mrs. Churchill, marriage, a historical era, and the settings in which these unquestionably impactful personages lived their fascinating lives.

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    Devra 11-09-17
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    "A match for Winston"

    Clementine was quite a person on her own. this book shows how much she contributed to the winning of World War II.

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    Dee 08-27-17
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    "author hates the subject of the book"
    What would have made Clementine better?

    If the author liked Clementine and Winston Churchill. I don't know why author wrote the book except that usually books about the Churchill's sell.
    If the author had stuck to just stating what facts or information it would have been readable.


    What was most disappointing about Sonia Purnell’s story?

    The snide comments & disparaging remarks about the subject of the book made it where I did not want to hear any more. I can guarantee I will never read anything Sonia Purnell writes again.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Lyons?

    The narrator was ok, hard to tell considering the trash she was reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None whatsoever.


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    Denelle DeVries Mt. Vernon, WA 08-07-17
    Denelle DeVries Mt. Vernon, WA 08-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informational and Enjoyable!"

    So much to learn about people of our history. This was a great "read" (listen). The reader was easy to listen to.

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    Amazon Customer 08-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!"

    This book was amazing! Highly recommend! I learned so much!
    I appreciated the authors writing style!captivating from start to finish!

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    Ellen H. G. Culpepper Bloomington, IL 07-03-17
    Ellen H. G. Culpepper Bloomington, IL 07-03-17
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    "Superb Bio of A Woman Deserving Wide Recognition"

    Masterfully written to share both Clementine Churchill's strengths and weaknesses equally. This is stirring biography at its best -- revealing the enormous impact of an incomparable woman on a crucial moment in western history.

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    Robert 06-20-17
    Robert 06-20-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding, engaging bio"

    Clemmie Churchill is the epitome of true class and courage in an era which prized both qualities. The narration and cultural markers make this bio one of my all-time Audible favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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