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Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

©2008 Peter Hitchens (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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what can i say ?

i am sympathetic to a lot of Peter Hitchens views, i share his faith am uneasy about the path my country has followed in my life time and i think he makes many valid points.
i would warn anybody not to just dismiss him out of hand..
that said however it sometimes felt like one long grumble by a grumpy bloke...
well it is a grumble !
i would recommend also trying to listen to somebody with an apposing view. maybe trawl the internet to catch Peter in debate?

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A rushed reading

Whilst Peter Hitchins has a good voice his narrative was rushed in parts and difficult to follow.

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Though much is taken, much abides;

This is Peter Hitchens' first book, in which he sets out the framework of his Burkean, Anglican & Conservative view of Britain. It takes the form of a lamentation for the peculiarly English civilisation that spanned the 18th & 19th centuries, and documents the extent to which it was demolished in the 20th. The funerals of Winston Churchill & Diana Spencer are used to bracket the period in which the destruction was most rapid.

There is not a cheerful book, it is clearly not meant to be a balanced account of the postwar period. However, cynicism is tempered with dry wit and it made me laugh in a number of places.

The book seems at least as relevant now as it was when first published. The last chapter deals with the serious possibility of Britain being dissolved into a federation of European states.

Few good writers are also accomplished speakers, let alone feel as passionately about their subject as Peter clearly does. This audio book benefits greatly from being narrated by the author.

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Poor narration

Spoken way too fast - really shockingly poor narration. At times utterly mumbled. Much of it is right wing rant - but some chapters (eg that on the Church) lose the rant in favour of clever analysis. Worth listening to - if only to at times wildly disagree with.

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Could barely get half way through

Always been a fan of Peter Hitchens and very much agreed with nearly every column he has wrote in a newspaper and every opinion he has every voiced on television but didn't really enjoy this. Was basically hours upon hours of him ranting complaining about how literally everything imaginable has changed for the worse without even touching upon how we have seen various diseases all but eradicated and running water and broadband extended to every corner of this nation.

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Good read

Very informative for someone who in those days try to find out what are British values. As the multiculturalism is definitely is not.
It explain how the Britain end up where it is now without any identity, proud and culture.

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A must read (listen)!

Patriot or otherwise, you may not agree with all of the content. However, it is important to understand that every action has it's consequences, good and bad. Prior to implementing changes in social fabric, institutions and/or values, the outcomes need to be assessed over the longer term and should never be guided by the fashion of the time. This is difficult, if at all possible and change can happen subconsciously for many. And as with any large collective process, once a course has been set, it's difficult or near impossible to change it. Is it too late to revert some of the changes? Probably.

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An Eye-opening Experience

This is a point of view I have never had the pleasure to hear before.

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Devastating and enlightening

We will look back on this work as the obituary of our nation. The question for millennials like myself - is it too late to save our country?

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great to hear it in peter's voice

a great overview of the moral decline of the UK. very dense in information. may have to give it a second listen at some point. always great to have an author read their own work.

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