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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 Audiobook

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

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Publisher's Summary

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

In political office at the end of WWI, Churchill foresaw the folly of Versailles and feared what a crippled Germany would do to the balance of power. In his years in the political wilderness, from 1931 to 1939, he alone of all British public men, continually raised his voice against Hitler and his appeasers. For over 50 years, he was constantly involved in, and usually at the center of, the most important events of his age. It was, however, his obduracy on matters of principle, his fortitude in the face of opposition, and his perseverance in standing alone that defined him.

©1983 William Manchester; (P)1990 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Manchester is not only a master of detail but also of 'the big picture'....I daresay most Americans reading The Last Lion will relish it immensely." (National Review)
"[Manchester] can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isaiah Berlin's judgment of Churchill as the largest human being of our time." (Alistair Cooke)

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    MDY Arizona 04-28-16
    MDY Arizona 04-28-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm soon to be 60. I love Audible as I can listen to books and still do my chores.

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    "Awesome times a thousand!"

    My husband suggested listening to The Last Lion & I'm so glad I did. There's not one thing that I didn't like in the book or the narrator. I felt like I was transported in time to witness the story of Winston Churchill. The book is worth the time & money to listen to.

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    Amazon Customer 04-18-16 Member Since 2009
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    Informative and well researched. Thank you for being honest and fair to a complex man.

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    J. Terrizzi jacksonville FL 04-02-16
    J. Terrizzi jacksonville FL 04-02-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Interesting story, don't prefer the narrator"
    What did you like best about The Last Lion? What did you like least?

    There is a lot of quotes from letters and such. The narrator does a good mature Winston voice, which I enjoyed and thought would be neat. The immature Winston was apparently an effeminate imp. He changes his voice to an effeminate falsetto and it's really annoying. I guess I will forever think of young winston as a sissy, not the liberator of the free world.<br/><br/>


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    The young Winston voice.


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    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 03-23-16
    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 03-23-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Tough"

    I love William Manchester. He writes a complex fully textured narrative. He wants to provide the full context (the person, the time the place), but the narrator makes this very difficult to follow. I am sure it was a clever idea to have this read by someone from Britain with a high class British accent, but given Manchester's style of wandering all over the landscape it makes this a very difficult book to listen to. I would recommend it to someone who isn't bothered by the narration because I think Manchester is a wonderful story teller. I am having real difficulty making it through.

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    William 01-10-16
    William 01-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "superb story superb reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Frederick Davidson is the perfect reader for this life of Churchill series. Perfect voice, perfect tone, he's not just "reading" -- but bringing the story alive. My of my Audible choices are based on his narration.


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Frederick Davidson bring the story alive because he's not just "reading" the book -- he's a consummate story-teller in his narrative qualities. Whether it's Dickens or Wodehouse, a mystery or an historical series, Davidson is exceptional.


    Any additional comments?

    Why in heaven did you have anyone else but Davidson narrate the final book in this series? That was a huge mistake ... and incredibly aggravating to all of us Davidson fans who have purchased the previous Churchill books.

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    Kelli 11-25-15
    Kelli 11-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awe inspiring"

    This and the second and third volumes were sensational. It's incredible to me that any one person could have lived such a life. I could not recommend a book any more highly.

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    E. gordon lake worth, fl United States 11-02-15
    E. gordon lake worth, fl United States 11-02-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Accent"

    I found this book to be interesting. However as an American English speaker I found it very taxing to focus on the accent yet still missing words. I could not finish the book past 30 minutes from the beginning. Even though the narrator had good diction but it was impossible to enjoy due to the accent.

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    CSO Fan Midwest USA 10-17-15
    CSO Fan Midwest USA 10-17-15
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    "Magnificent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lion to be better than the print version?

    The narration and, in fact, the performance of this book by Frederick Davidson is not only entertaining, but compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The great prose.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    All, but especially WSC.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT!!

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    James 09-28-15
    James 09-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen"

    I really liked the historical detail and the historical facts of World War 1. I will be purchasing volume 2.

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    Matt Edmonton, AB, Canada 09-25-15
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    "Fantastic in every regard"

    The text, performance and recording are top notch. Even though it's quite long I just couldn't stop listening. Churchill is presented here as a person instead of the familiar caricature; by turns inspiring, hilarious and frustrating. He lived "in interesting times" as the bust goes but seems to have been made especially for it.

    The narrators impersonation is awesome. Several times I laughed out loud or shed a tear. Super can't wait for volume 2!


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