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  • Walking with Destiny
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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By: Andrew Roberts
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
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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 Audio

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Splendid research and splendid performance

Such a wonderful audiobook, and the performance was simply sublime. 1,105 pages on a fantastic man.

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Superb

Beautifully written and read. A complete, balanced and objective biography of Churchill, with all the good and the bad that made up the life of a great man.

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A life well-lived, based upon principle

Lengthy but well worth taking in chunks ..
The inspiring story of an oh so human being named Winston, who took the cards that life dealt him & turned them into positive acts.
A person who did what he believed to be right & the best for others .. those who were both close to him & those whom he never met.
Thank you for the memories, the inspiration & the chuckles !

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Must read/listen for a Churchill enthusiast

While a long book the performance and story line made it very entertaining and hard to turn off
Learning about Churchill’s early life and life in general and how it influenced his views and actions gave great perspective into the mind of a man of destiny.

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