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Churchill

Walking with Destiny
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
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New York Times best seller

One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 best books of 2018

One of The Economist's best books of 2018

One of The New York Times' notable books of 2018 

"Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill... A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be Britain’s savior." (Wall Street Journal) 

In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman, and leader can finally be fully seen and understood - by the best-selling, award-winning author of Napoleon and The Storm of War

When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In Churchill, Andrew Roberts gives listeners the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively listenable.

Roberts gained exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters, and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries. The Royal Family permitted Roberts - in a first for a Churchill biographer - to read the detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II. This treasure trove of access allows Roberts to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive.

We think of Churchill as a hero who saved civilization from the evils of Nazism and warned of the grave crimes of Soviet communism, but Roberts's masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today - and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership, and moral conviction.

©2018 Penguin Audio (P)2018 Andrew Roberts

Critic Reviews

"The best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written.... Roberts tells this story with great authority and not a little panache. He writes elegantly, with enjoyable flashes of tartness, and is in complete command both of his sources and the vast historiography." (Richard Aldous, The New York Times)

" Terrific...By drawing on many previously untapped sources, Mr. Roberts has produced a more complete picture of his subject than any previous biography." (The Economist)

"Even if you’ve read every other book about the former prime minister and seen all the movies, expect revelations. For example: The royal family permitted the author to read King George VI’s diary notes about his wartime meetings with Churchill. That’s a first." (The Washington Post)

A USA Today Book You Won't Want to Miss; A Washington Post Book to Read in November; A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of November; A Mental Floss Best Book of 2018; An Octavian Report Essential Read for 2019; A New York Post Book That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday Gift List; A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018; A Lit Hub Best Book of 2018; Longlisted for the 2019 Plutarch Award  

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Extraordinary

Superb work of biography, performed magnificently. One of the best bios I have ever "read."

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Great

This Is a Great Book about a Great Man read by a Great Reader. Enjoy.

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IMO William Manchester's work is much better

I'm no expert. I enjoyed the three volume William Manchester work and several of Max Hasting's WW2 books. I feld that this biography jumped around quite a bit particularly in the early chapters. By Chapter 4 Churchill is already in Parliment with many of the crucial events of his boyhood, his formal education, India, Sudan, and South Africa covered very superficially - these were the foundation years of his life and understanding them seems to me to be fundamental in trying to understand the man. Perhaps this work should have been titled as more of a focus on the war years.

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simply terrific

great book trenchant and funny. excellent reader. one of the best i have gotten from audible

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Excellent

Churchill was an amazing man. The biography is well researched and well written, and the performance is excellent. Highly recommended.

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Evan Review

If you love history of the 20th century read this book. I rank churchill has one of the greatest leaders and statesman of the 20th century. He looked at past present and future of the world in decision making. Many of our world issues today he predicted. The reader of the book did a good job at reading is the English accent.

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Excellent

He was a great leader.A great man. A great human being. He was able to see the world from a farsighted view.

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Fabulous and compelling reading

Having heard recordings of Churchill's famous speeches since I took a course in speech in college decades ago, it was great that the narrator captured the sound and feeling of his speeches. I listened six mornings a week and odd times later in the day after my morning 3 mile walk. First book that I have actively stopped and repeated sections at important speeches to savor the moments again. Such a key figure in 20th century history. Doubt that I will find time read his books; unless I live another 20 years and reading him doesn't have the same spine tingling sensation as listening to key sections.

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Excellent biography!

The biography is well researched and documented. The audiobook performance adds immensely to the enjoyment of the amazing story.

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Hard to breathe.

The last syllables still hanging in the air... or was it an hour ago?
Difficult to convey a coherent message while the spell which I’ve been under, so perfectly cast by Mr. Roberts, still hangs about me.
I can see Churchill so very vividly in my eyes and in my head in a way that far surpasses I ever imagined I would. The book is a deeply satisfying read/listen. Mr. Thorne’s narration is so expert I felt as though he was the author and I will seek out other titles within my preferred subjects with him involved.
I cannot, as a lifelong FDR peep, not mention however...
it’s “rose-velt”. Two syllables, no “ooze”.
Thank you, again Mr Roberts, for another superb biography.

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