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The Autobiography

Narrated by: Margaret Thatcher
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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A newly edited, single-volume commemorative edition of The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years; this is Margaret Thatcher in her own words.

Combining her memoirs The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, this definitive account of Margaret Thatcher’s life is published as a one-volume commemorative edition for the first time. Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-20th-century British politics. Now, following her death, in 2013, this is the story of her remarkable life, in her own words.

Beginning with her upbringing in Grantham, she goes on to describe her entry into Parliament. Rising through the ranks of this man’s world, she led the Conservative Party to victory in 1979, becoming Britain's first woman prime minister.

Offering a riveting firsthand account of the critical moments of her premiership - the Falklands War, the miners' strike, the Brighton bomb, and her unprecedented three election victories, the book reaches a gripping climax with an hour-by-hour description of her dramatic final days in 10 Downing Street. Margaret Thatcher's frank and compelling autobiography stands as a powerful testament to her influential legacy.

Read by Margaret Thatcher

©2013 Margaret Thatcher (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for The Downing Street Years:
"A book which should be read by everyone with any interest in contemporary history of political affairs". (Norman Tebbit, Daily Mail)
"Some things in this life are priceless. So are Margaret Thatcher’s guts. They have left their mark on the world. So will The Downing Street Years." ( Daily Express)

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Stunning

As a teenager growing up through the Thatcher years with an active interest in politics I despised her, and her policies.
However, after listening to her account, narrated with such passion by Maggie herself, I now feel a sense of humility, loss and sorrow.
What a Lady..!
If only UK politics could turn to someone with such belief and conviction for doing what’s right in the long term for our nation right now.
But then again such people seem driven away from public life these days.
Wonderful book, amazing woman - never thought I’d be saying that back in the 1980’s...!!!

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The Voice of Britain

This audiobook is a marvellous account of the History of Britain as seen through the eyes of Margaret Thatcher. I guess you either love her or hate her, but you certainly can't ignore her. Maggie's policies are as relevant today as they were then. Narrated by Margaret Thatcher, with passion and purpose you just want to stop and listen. Excellent.

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Margaret

The authentic voice certainly adds to the enjoyment of listening to this book. I am convinced she was a woman right for her time, very sure of herself, certain in her own mind as to what had to be done. Of course she wasn't always right - none of us are but dangerous for a person with so much power. Averall a good 'read'.

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One of the best history/politics audiobooks!

One of the best history/politics audiobooks on the market!
Fascinating story set in the 80's, of how lady Thatcher turned the country around, from the grips of the unions and decinle to having one of the top economies on the world and takling terisom and standing up to adversity, beating the Argies over the Falklands and placing Britain back on the world stage.

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Inspirational

From start to finish Thatcher delivered a marvellous account of her political life. to hear it from the iron lady herself was incredible and inspirational. detailing why she took particular decisions in her life and offering her opinion. I urge anyone politically minded or indeed anyone who wants to learn more about modern British history to read this book or better still listen to Thatcher tell you directly through this audiobook.

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A great insight for anyone

I think anybody interested in the inner workings of politics will enjoy this but for those of us who think Margaret Thatcher is the best prime minister since Churchill, this is an honest & humble account of a life & career of a truly great Briton.

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Fascinating

Read by The Iron Lady herself, a must for any political memoir enthusiast. Can get a bit waffly in places, sometimes goes into far too much detail on Europe etc but still a fascinatingly listen.

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Soothing!

Obviously the book is great. In addition, there was something about it rather soothing too :-)

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Insightful, Genuine, Unique and Inspirational....

If you could sum up The Autobiography in three words, what would they be?

You don't need to be a fan to appreciate her undeniable commitment to her beliefs (no U turns here). A greengrocers daughter elevated to the heady heights of government through her own efforts alone. Truly unique and inspirational....a great book. A great story. And with Lady Thatcher as narrator, it adds a touch of authenticity....

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Autobiography?

The whole story was interesting. However, the path from school to the House of Commons was quite incredible, given a variety of reasons (including being female). Reliant on affiliations and associations with other members, though she never bartered to achieve success.

Which character – as performed by Margaret Thatcher – was your favourite?

Herself. The fact that she narrates this book made it for me. Literally 'from the horses mouth'. She provides the speed and tone as she intended it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Certainly. Almost a shame my journeys to work were so short.

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A triumph

Oh how we could do with a principled conviction politician like Margaret Thatcher today. This book should be essential reading for all today's politicians, especially those who claim to be conservatives.

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  • Jonathan
  • 22-04-13

FAULTY EDITING - JUMPS FROM 1979 TO 1992

Where does The Autobiography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The file is faulty and jumps at 4:40:45 seconds from 1979 to 1992. I have downloaded this onto a different device separately and the same problem occurs. Please rectify it Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-19

Too Abridged

An interesting overview, but so abridged you don't learn much. Audible needs an unabridged version.