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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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    M. Forte 08-18-15
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    "Great book but..."

    I never thought I would say this about a biography but there was almost too much detail at times to the point of losing interest. The first 4-5 chapters of the book were setting the scene of the 1800s and what people were doing, wearing, thinking, etc. And then Winston Churchill was born. It was almost too much to bear.

    It's a great story but a tedious read at times. I highly recommend the audiobook as it will prevent you from re-reading the same line over and over when your mind wanders. The audiobook pushes through the muck.

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    jeremy 08-13-15
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    "Great book, painful audio mastering"

    It is nearly impossible to turn up the Volume loud enough to listen to - with even just an air conditioner on - without being deafened by the hissing treble of the actors enunciation. He's a great reader but audible app. Desperately needs a graphic equalizer!!

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    J. R. McKenna Dover, MA 07-10-15
    J. R. McKenna Dover, MA 07-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent review of Winston's youth"
    Would you listen to The Last Lion again? Why?

    Yes, there is a lot of great history in the book


    Any additional comments?

    Winston had a magical life full of unbelieveable moments

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    Richard 06-03-15
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    Excellent, and exceptional book.
    Well written. Keeps you wanting more.
    It all makes complete sense.
    Hurrah! Can't wait to continue to the next.

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    J. Niskanen Finland 05-17-15
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    Will listen again, get it, get it now! Use 1.25 speed for efficiency.. Bookmarked so many good quotes performed well by the narrator!

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    Fred 04-29-15
    Fred 04-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very detailed, insanely in depth."

    I was quite interested in the this book originally. There was a great leader that I wanted to know more about. I should have realized by the length of the book that it might require more patience than I was used to putting into a book.

    This book did a great favor for me in that I now listed to audio books one chapter at a time. I'm currently listening to 25 or so books simultaneously on a loop. I finish one chapter and move on to the next book and so on. This lies me to finish 10 or so books every month.

    The detail in this book as excruciating, down to seemingly every conversation Winston Churchill ever had with anyone. To make it worse, I found it terribly difficult to decipher large swaths of dialog because they were being read in a "Churchillian" voice.

    Lots and lots and lots of info. Im glad that is over.

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    Ken M San Diego, CA 04-26-15
    Ken M San Diego, CA 04-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "audio needs normalizing. hard to listen to in car."

    great content but audio sounds tinny from car speakers. great performance by narrator and characters

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    Kyle N. Ryman 03-30-15
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    "Great book - listen at double speed"

    Amazing book. Narrator has a thick British accent and speaks very slowly. Listen at double speed no problem. Loved it!

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    Benjamin C. Finley 01-18-15 Member Since 2017

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    Outstanding an riveting account of WSC. Was very pleased with the narration. Amazon is forcing me to write eight words.

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    Katherine Clinton, MS 01-09-15
    Katherine Clinton, MS 01-09-15

    I am an avid reader and listener. I especially love imaginative fiction when I am "brain frazzled" from heavier stuff.

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    This is an enthralling story of the life and times of an incomparable human being. It is well worth the time.

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