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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

  • Written by: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 41 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

Written by: William Manchester
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
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Publisher's Summary

Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

In political office at the end of WWI, Churchill foresaw the folly of Versailles and feared what a crippled Germany would do to the balance of power. In his years in the political wilderness, from 1931 to 1939, he alone of all British public men, continually raised his voice against Hitler and his appeasers. For over 50 years, he was constantly involved in, and usually at the center of, the most important events of his age. It was, however, his obduracy on matters of principle, his fortitude in the face of opposition, and his perseverance in standing alone that defined him.

©1983 William Manchester (P)1990 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the critics say

"Manchester is not only a master of detail but also of 'the big picture'....I daresay most Americans reading The Last Lion will relish it immensely." ( National Review)
"[Manchester] can claim the considerable achievement of having assembled enough powerful evidence to support Isaiah Berlin's judgment of Churchill as the largest human being of our time." (Alistair Cooke)

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Brilliant

Without doubt, my favourite biography of Churchill. Meticulously researched, wonderfully written – always compelling, and beautifully performed by one of my favourite readers. I only wish this reader had also been chosen for the 2nd and 3rd volumes.

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TOO LONG & ELABORATE

Find the details and description of events too laborious, struggled to finish. The Narrator was very average.

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Have mercy!

I throughly enjoyed this book. I have heard so much about this man from so many sources but I had heard nothing of the deep history that shaped the man he became. I laughed (a lot), teared up a bit, and came away with a different perspective of history (and life).
Spectacular, it’s a long haul but it is not tedious, it’s a marathon of delight. Check it out yo

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Long and drawn out

Just found this very long and drawn out. I am 3 hours in and really has not talked about his life.

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Looked forward to every part.

Always meant to read about Churchill but never had the time. This audiobook was perfect. I got through an hour a day while cleaning horse stalls. He was without a doubt a great man and a man of his time. The narration was a joy and included actual singing of the old songs a lot of which are now being forgotten. Very good Churchill impersonation. I will definitely get the 2nd and 3rd books of this set. Really enjoyed it and look forward to the next volume. Thanks.

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Engaging

First off I hated the bumps, bangs and 'boings' of the poor quality recording.

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At one point the authour indicated that he didn't like writing history outside context. Superb. Just the right amount of context/background material.

I found that I can follow through Audible a biography of this size easier than reading. I find when I read, I skip a paragraph because it looks boring. But by listening not only can I not skip, but perhaps I find it is not boring at all. Lots of detail .. lots of information.

Now on to the second book.

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fantastic insight on churchill

well read and captivating. I found myself listening for hours on end without fail! The reader captures the essence of the era with voices and singing.

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THE LAST LION

Mr. Davidson does an excellent rendition of Churchill - all within the confines of an excellent book. Mr. Manchester is an extremely gifted author. This is the third book of his that I have read.

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