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Churchill

Walking with Destiny
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
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Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. 

There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors. Masterfully narrated by Stephen Thorne, this audiobook in no way conceals Churchill's faults, and it allows the listener to appreciate his virtues and character in full: his titanic capacity for work (and drink), his ability see the big picture, his willingness to take risks and insistence on being where the action was, his good humour even in the most desperate circumstances, the breadth and strength of his friendships and his extraordinary propensity to burst into tears at unexpected moments. Above all, it shows us the wellsprings of his personality - his lifelong desire to please his father (even long after his father's death) but aristocratic disdain for the opinions of almost everyone else, his love of the British Empire, his sense of history and its connection to the present.

During the Second World War, Churchill summoned a particular scientist to see him several times for technical advice. 'It was the same whenever we met', wrote the young man. 'I had a feeling of being recharged by a source of living power.' Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's emissary, wrote, 'Wherever he was, there was a battlefront.' Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Churchill's essential partner in strategy and most severe critic in private, wrote in his diary, 'I thank God I was given such an opportunity of working alongside such a man, and of having my eyes opened to the fact that occasionally such supermen exist on this earth.'

©2018 Andrew Roberts (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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good history

whilst this book is entertaining it does get annoying by repeating acts or events this spoils the threads of the story The reader does a very good job of voices and is easy to listen to

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A great book

Truly enjoyed listening to this book. There were interesting revelations and the author must have done a lot of research to gather all the information.

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Balanced look at Churchill's life!

Fantastic book and wonderful narration. In a time of increasingly diverse and sometimes unfounded opinions, it is incredibly refreshing to find a biography of the controversial figure of Winston Churchill, which takes an critical look at Churchill's life, motives, actions and flaws. The author doesn't presuppose motivations or beliefs but instead supports any claims with strong factual evidence from a variety of sources. Acknowledging his weakness and flaws the author also emphasizes the importance of his values and personality in the saving of liberty and Western Democracy. Thoroughly enjoyed this and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about this great man.

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enjoyable read

enjoyable read! good quality recording, learned a lot. gosh why does audible review require minimum 15 words

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Pulls no punches

While extremely long, it is a very thorough and well written book. It does not shy away from the negatives but also does not overdo the positives. It taught me more about Winston Churchill than I have ever known. A well balanced production.

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what a legend

loved every minute of this great english heroes story. would recommend this book to every one with the slightest intrest in world history.

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Remarkable

Everything about this audiobook was superb the subject, the author and the narrator. Remarkable man, truly one we should all be very grateful for.

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it take stamina to get throu this book

amazing stories But it's does take some stamina to get through not for beginners

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Outstanding

What a life!! This man lived many lives and well worth the 30 hours enjoy

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A Great Listen

After listening to this book- I feel I know Winston personally as the narrator spoke in a Winston like manner in the italicised words throughout. Informative & could not speak more highly of the written word or the narrator . Great job Andrew Roberts!! I am going to tackle your book Napoleon now. Hope it’s on audio!

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  • Nicholas Robinson
  • 07-12-2018

His Finest 50 Hours (and 28 minutes)

I have to say, first and foremost, before anything else, that this is hands down the best audiobook I've ever listened to--and I've listened to a few. It's not for any particular love of Churchill, although I do confess to having adored him long before I came to this book. It's rather the incredible complexity of his seemingly never-ending life; I never fail to remark that he usually had done (or achieved) more things before noon on his average day than I have in my lifetime, and that furthermore, at 61 I find my life winding down. Contemplating _directing a world war_ three years from now and then continuing that for a _further five years_ is, well, inconceivable, but the fact that he did it with such wit, intelligence and just unparalleled WISDOM is just beyond words. And to have almost every moment of this incredible life--I would put Churchill's ultimate importance to humanity in the top five, if not at the very top--recorded to be played at my leisure, for so many hour (upon delicious hour) read, I might add, by the most able and enjoyable narrator I have EVER had the pleasure to listen to . . . well, never in the making of audiobooks was so much enjoyment created by so many for so few (dollars). May I ask the Right Honorable Attending to accept my strolling (just about everywhere) ovation.

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  • Revd. James T. Fowler
  • 18-02-2019

A very human yet informative biography

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book (as well as the reader ) did an excellent job capturing Churchill's great oratory, humour, idiosyncrasies, sense of history, and great love for the English-speaking Peoples.

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  • 02-07-2020

Amazing reading. Amazing book

Churchil is by far the "nicest" leader in the 20th century. human honest family man husband

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-2020

Excellent Read

Author is obviously a Churchill fan and that is to be kept in mind. However the fact that he keeps going back on Churchill's childhood neglect as the reason for his perseverance and will is really annoying. It's enough to mention it, saying it could be a motivating factor, but to keep implying it was one of the main reasons for his success is ridiculous. Churchill was a man built for greatness, and he achieved all of it himself through sheer will. And even if his childhood circumstances were favorable, I doubt it would have changed the many things he achieved and the ideologies he held. This is purely hypothetical ofcourse - just like the author was in every other chapter. Also, one point to note is most of the book is a lot of direct quotations from various characters, with minimal commentary from the author, who was just sewing events together. This, I realized is what made this book wonderful. The ending, where the author himself expressed views on the various events in Churchill's life- almost categorizing them, arbitrarily, into good and bad left me annoyed. So although I loved the book, I like the author for his compilation - not his writing.

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  • Antje K.
  • 22-05-2020

Absolutely magnificent

Took me 7+ months to finish, and I loved every minute of it. Highly entertaining, captivating, funny and enlightening. Both Andrew Roberts and Stephen Thorne deserve praise.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 30-04-2020

Best Churchill biography

If you want to be a resilient person and how to learn from your blunders you must read this book. I was so pleased during the reading of the book that certainly I lost my sense of space and time.

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  • Nora
  • 14-12-2019

Fascinating

What an interesting man! This is an extremely well-researched and written book which gives a fascinating insight into a tense time. I didn't know much about Churchill before starting this 50 hours long journey but was utterly absorbed and am now a big fan of the legend with all his idiosyncrasies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2019

must read

amazing reading, amazing story. imensly informative and touching. an unbelievable story, yet fully supported by the facts

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  • Management Consultant
  • 17-08-2019

Finally a great Churchill biography.

Finally a great Churchill biography. Good insights about WW2 behind the scenes of politics, diplomacy, public relations, military strategy, and military industry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-2019

Great book.

What a book. I loved it from start to finish. I believe it's the best book writen about Churchill. Thanks Mr. Roberts for your ultimate masterpiece. As some say, every masterpiece has a mistake "encoded" somewhere. I found one in your wonderful story. Assasins of Nazi leader Heydrich trained by SOE weren't both Czech. Leader of the commando was Gabcik (Slovak). Anyway - fantastic & sometimes very funny (when quoting Churchill) story and a great narrator.

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  • Leonie Frieda
  • 16-11-2018

GLORIOUS! ROBERT'S SPECTACULAR LIFE OF CHURCHILL

Well this was always going to be great book, and among the many who are already fans of the substantial body of work by Andrew Roberts, expectations ran high. After his fabulous & most decidedly definitive biography of Napoleon Bonaparte the pressure to do justice to the 20th Centuries Giant among leaders. This reader was prepared to be entertained, enchanted, maddened by turns at Churchill's incredible power to gather a following, his imaginative attempts to 'try something different' which, as with all efforts to risk a new idea, are not always successful. In one particular case Churchill's initiative led to the Dardanelles debâcle which should be seem as a perfectly legitimate effort at breaking the horrific stalemate along the 500 miles of a barely budging Western Front, he chose the wrong commanding officer for the offensive, and the whole enterprise was undermined by those whom he had put in charge on the ground. Churchill himself would not tolerate ex-post-facto-rationalisation. amd did the decent thing. He fought in the trenches on that Hellish Battlefield in the West. There are few who can match the lyrical though spacious prose, Roberts produces his best writing without losing any of the narrative drive needed to keep this epic to one volume. I have bought this book in every format and enjoy listening to it on audible despite having read it twice. Pick any page and even a reader with little or no knowledge of Churchill will almost certainly become absorbed and drawn in to this beautifully written, well-paced, and for me flawless work. I have read many biographies on Churchill, and a large number of these were excellent. Andrew Roberts has achieved a near miracle by writing a life of Churchill that feels as though it were my first introduction to the Great Man and Walking with Destiny. Enjoy! This is the biography of 2018/19

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  • eliot
  • 13-02-2019

A Truly Remarkable Book

Not the eulogy I was expecting. A real warts and all examination of one of the most extraordinary men of the 20th Century. This book is a belter, a barnstormer, a really magnificent work of scholarship and presentation

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  • tune352
  • 16-11-2018

Churchill, warts and all.

This is a well researched and beautifully written book. The author is obviously a fan of Churchill and unfortunately this shows through too strongly at times. The book is particularly good on Churchill ‘s early life and we get a deep insight into Churchill ‘a character some of which is unpleasant. A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to understand what made Churchill tick but not quite up to the objective standard of the Jenkins biography

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-2019

Chapter headings one out

The chapter listing is one out of sync with the narrator , really annoying and didn’t realise until 10 mins in , thinking I’ve listened to this. I.e shows chapter 4 , and narrator says 3 and so on .

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  • Bad Teacher
  • 28-02-2019

50 hours and 160,000 cigars later...

An extraordinary achievement. I loved the summing up that included the stat that of 3,000 students polled in 2008 20% thought that Churchill was a fictitious character. That he has descended into myth already is a testament to the remarkable span of his life.

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  • ed
  • 22-10-2019

I didn’t want it to end

I’ve listened to many audiobooks over the years but none have left such a profound impact as this one. A well written and conscientiously balanced book that walks the reader through a life filled with achievement. Imagine shadowing a (the) key figure in modern British life through some of his most testing times. Invest your time in this educational book - it is worth it.

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  • Percyb
  • 03-08-2019

Brilliantly Told

As a 93 year old and former soldier in the 14th Army I found the details of what took place in the corridors of power during my time I the Far East fascinating. The reader using a fairly close imitation of Churchill’s voice and manner of speaking one could almost hear the man himself. Brilliant and very enjoyable.

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  • Tommy
  • 20-02-2019

A Stunning Achievement

The definitive Churchill biography, this is a stunning piece of work by any standards. 50 hours long and I wished it were longer.

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  • MR A T GOMAN
  • 13-02-2019

Sensational!

incredible man, beautifully told. an inspiration for our times. A superb audiobook giving a comprehensive account of his life.

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  • Blake
  • 29-01-2019

50+ hours of pure pleasure

A stunning book. The reader impersonates the characters perfectly too. The book has great references from different sources and gives a brilliant overview of Churchills life. I will be listening to this again soon.

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