Churchill: A Life follows Winston Churchill from his earliest days to his moments of triumph. Here, the drama and excitement of his story are ever-present. Martin Gilbert gives us a vivid portrait, using Churchill's most personal letters and the recollections of his contemporaries, both friends and enemies, to go behind the scenes of some of the stormiest and most fascinating political events of our time.
Part 1 takes us from Churchill's birth to the end of the First World War. Christian Rodska reads the first part of Martin Gilbert's epic, definitive biography of Winston Churchill.
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I chose this book because I knew little of Winston Churchill other than his role in WWII. This book covers his childhood, early days in the Army and as a writer and his days as a Liberal MP through to the end of WW1. It is beautifully read and this defintely adds to the experience. The writer had full access to the full archive of letters from the time and the extensive quotes from these and other contempary accounts give you confidence that the book is primarily based upon objective fact rather than subjective opinions. It is astounding how much one person can cram into their first 40 years and who knew what a succesful writer he had been prior to the move into politics ? The book covers some parts in quite a bit of details e.g in fighting during WW1 and leaves you with the feeling Churchill was defibitely a marmite type character.
I throughly recommend this for anyone who wants to understand more about not just Churchill but this this period in history.
Just one complaint, come on Audible where's part 2 !
An excellent book which gives a real insight to the character, strengths and weaknesses of the great man. The naration is also very good and keeps you hoping for more.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am eager to listen to the next part of Churchill’s life. A good insight into this great man’s early years and his climb up the political and military ladder, placing emphasis on how relationships and how these made him who he was. The narrator attempts to mimic Churchill’s voice making readings from his letters/diary more authentic . I was disappointed when the book ended, didn’t seem 10 hours long.
A person of many interests starting from history, religion and education, to IT, cooking and books in all their old and recently born forms.
Well, hard to say as I rank the titles between genres. In biographies it is somewhere between first 20. Not the best but nicely put.
I liked his change of voices, it helped in this kind of book with so many references. I would definitively give young Winston a different voice, however. It felt as if he had been an old guy since childhood.
The way Sir Winston addressed his wife was very cute and I think that many women might envy Clementine such an affection. I definitely do.
Not being familiar with details from Sir Winston's youth and his early involvement in politics this book brought me a welcome insight. I was a bit taken aback by sometimes overwhelming details of particular political issues and, not being really into this topic, I would appreciate less digging into them. When comes to Great War, I expected a bit wider view but I respect author's focus on the events immediately involving the main protagonist and the role he played within their course.
I do not think I would listen to this again, at least not in full, but I will at some point purchase the second book.
Great book, it's my best so far
Passing he's tests to gain entry into the British army
He's visit & conflict in India
He's childhood and relationship with father
This is a fascinating book, though it may not be a unbiased account of his life it is none the less well worth a listen. hope part 2 is added soon.
"really tough to listen to"
no. I find myself less focused when I listened to this one vs. other audible books
Christian Rodska is simply amazing narrating this book - as always, and must certainly rank in the elite voices. He does many accents, and a very good American accent, which is actually rare, and so well done. The book itself is superbly written and moves at a good pace. Good job.
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