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The Great Democracies

A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume IV
Narrated by: Christian Rodska
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: History, British
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Summary

The fourth and last volume in Churchill's famous account spans 1815 to 1901. It closes when the British Empire is at its peak, with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the longest reigning monarch in British history: Queen Victoria.

In America he assesses the position of the "Great Republic" from slavery and secession to its position as a world superpower. He charts the rise of Germany and the unification of Italy and examines the situation in the Balkans in 1878, all of which had a deep impact not only on the war he was soon to fight, but on the geography of the European continent today.

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The Best of the Four Volumes

There's a good balance in this volume, it's not all about battles. That is until we come to the American Civil War. That that point we suddenly get great descriptive detail of all the twists and turns of the whole war. It reads like a novel in itself. Unfortunately, we don't get any information as to where the named rivers, towns, railways, mountain ranges etc are in relation to each other. Without maps to look at, the detail is wasted on the listener. Maybe the printed book comes with maps, I don't know.



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A compelling case.

This narrative puts into perspective how the civilised world functions today. what a debt the world owes to the English speaking people's.

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easy listening - modern history

Would you listen to The Great Democracies again? Why?

It is easy to listen to and contains more events and facts than I can remember

Who was your favorite character and why?

Winston Churchill he significantly changed the course of the war and never gave up.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

clearly spoken and engaging. liked his Churchill voice

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

it is too long for that

Any additional comments?

in my top ten audible books

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  • Vradeen Sengir
  • 11-02-19

A fitting conclusion to Sir Winston's narrative.

I would have loved two more volumes to carry us over the last 100 years.

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  • 06-11-18

Best of the Ser

Churchill's understanding of world history is unparalleled. His command of the English language spectacular. A wonderful narrative as well.

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  • 03-09-19

amazing series

Winston Churchill is very interesting it's incredible to be able to hear his voice through these volumes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-16

A EXCEPTIONAL HISTORY BY A GREAT STATESMAN.

This view of our history is made brilliant by Churchill's participation in what followed. Brilliant!

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  • james drury
  • 06-09-16

A masterpiece!

If you like British history, then this is a defining work on the subject. Well researched, well written and well read.

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  • Haraway
  • 21-09-17

Interesting book,100 yrs of Anglo-American history

Clearly described history without much "spin". As an engineering major in college, I was not exposed to much of the history of the Victorian age. Very good stuff!

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  • 24-07-17

Great insight into the past.

Though the biased must be understood it is a great way to get the feelings of the time in which you can not receive in today's current literature on the topic.

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  • Kimble
  • 13-01-17

The Great Man on the Great Democracies.

No one is better able through ability and experience to relate man's struggle in securing democracy and in doing so, in building Western Civilization.

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  • Tommy D'Angelo
  • 08-08-15

Churchill knows his stuff but left me wanting more

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Pluses:
• Covers the European peace treaty post-Napoleon, The Crimean War, the rise of Germany, and the Russo-Turkish war relatively well

Minuses:
• At times it was difficult to listen to (flowery language obscured the meaning of what the writer was trying to convey)
• Too much time seemed to be spent on politics in England
• Too much time spent on minute details of events like the wars rather than summarize the main conclusions or how certain details related to the greater picture
• Was expecting it to be more focused on England than other countries
• Was left with a sense that the general progression of English society to a modern state was not covered or at least not summarized