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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 Audiobook

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

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Publisher's Summary

This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles. He was disowned by his own party, and dismissed by the BBC, Fleet Street, and the social and political establishments as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Churchill stood almost alone against Nazi aggression and the pusillanimous British and French policy of appeasement.

Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history, without ever losing sight of Churchill the man - a man whose vision was global and whose courage was boundless.

©1988 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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    Alexander T. McMahon Silicon Valley, CA 11-19-16
    Alexander T. McMahon Silicon Valley, CA 11-19-16 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent book, poor choice of narrator"
    Would you listen to The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 again? Why?

    I would not look for a book with Richard Brown as narrator, at least as far as Churchill is concerned. In the first volume, Frederick Davidson is masterful. He not only perfectly executes Churchill's unique accent, but also those of the other leading figures of the volume. Brown, by comparison, has not bothered to research or can not mimic Churchill's voice, so the quotes are flat and without Churchill's unique wit and humor.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Choice of a better narrator. See above.


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    m.t.d. 11-11-16
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    "Excellent story and a decent performance"

    Based on the reviews I read about the narration, I was hesitant to listen to this book. I gave it a chance and was glad I did. It took a bit to get use to the narrator, since I had just completed part one. Nonetheless, this was brief and I quickly became engrossed in this outstandingly written biography. If you've listened to book one and want to continue the story, don't hesitate to get this audiobook.

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    Amazon Customer 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Where in the name of God did you get this narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 the most enjoyable?

    The writing of Mr Manchester


    What other book might you compare The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940 to and why?

    Volume ! and Volume 3


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was terrible. especially compared with the narration of VOL 1 and 3. He did not sound at all like Churchill.


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

    "The war and carnage that never had to be!"


    Any additional comments?

    I almost stopped listening as it became too difficult to put up with the terrible narration.

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    aethonan 10-27-16
    aethonan 10-27-16
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    "Managed to ignore the narrator around hour 25"

    But it truly did feel like a great loss to have such a tremendous work and man represented so poorly. For a long time I thought the narrator was intentionally mocking Churchill. Thankfully, by the very end I was able to fully tune out the tone and focus on the riveting prose.

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    re2turn 10-26-16
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    "By far the best historical account of the time!"

    Even though a lot of people complained about a different narrator of this book compared to the previous, I personally found that this narration is just as good or possibly even better than in the first book. This book is a must listen. It's a perfect account of Churchill's personality and the environment that lead him to make the hard decisions. I found myself disgusted with how shortsighted Chamberlain was and the parliamentary interplay of values, intrigues and power was extremely fascinating. As I said a must listen.

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    Bradley A. Davidson Austin, TX United States 10-03-16
    Bradley A. Davidson Austin, TX United States 10-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "great!"

    really great to hear about underlying narrative to one of world's greatest heroes. sadly, civilization will probably continue to not listen to good council until it's too late.

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    Charles Michael Kopp 08-24-16
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    "Great account of Winston Churchill's life"

    This book is excellent if you want to learn more about the years leading up to WWII and the key figure of the British during that time, Winston Churchill.

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    Red 08-24-16
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    "best investment"

    this book is so very captivating. you feel as if you know the entire British government

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    Kindle Customer East Williston, NY United States 08-06-16
    Kindle Customer East Williston, NY United States 08-06-16
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    "Awakening the imagination"

    it is rare for a book to awaken you as to what our country needs.

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    P N VANLOAN MD 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worth every minute"

    view of the history of the time. well worth 35 hours. Hard to turn off the car and wait until the next time I could listen.

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