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Churchill

Walking with Destiny
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Churchill by Andrew Roberts, read by Stephen Thorne. 

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. The book 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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Absolutely Brilliant

I have both the audible and print version. This Audible version narrated by Stephen Horne brings the written version to life. Well done. A brilliant production.

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  • mr
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  • 07-03-2019

A remarkable man, a Remarkable story

An audible book that is wonderfully orated and gives you the stamina to be mesmerised and wanting more. Absolutely loved this.

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courage provoking

Just listening to this audiobook has penetrated my mind and body with determination and courage

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  • Alexander
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  • 02-01-2019

Marvelous account of the extraordinary man

gives a good account of Churchill during political ascendancy and during war years. was an emotional book to finish and much like Churchill many times on many occasions tears were shed. brilliant work by Roberts

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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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  • 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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  • Cynthea Wellings
  • 22-02-2019

What a fantastic book!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this very long autobiography. Every morning, in my car on the way to work I listened to the next installment. What a terrific human being Churchill was. The detail contained in the book really brought it to life and I could visualise situations. It was a real trip into living history. Thank you to the author and the presenter. A really worthwhile experience.

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  • Mr. James T. Fowler Jr.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dog Ranger
  • 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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  • Austen J. Lennon
  • 23-02-2019

Stunning, simply stunning.

Without a doubt one of the, if not thee, finest novel I have had the pleasure or reading/listening to.

A truly remarkable book that must have been the work of years to research and write. It casts aside, with ease, the left wing bile that has been a constant irritant to the truth about the finest Englishman in history.

The reader of this audiobook, like Churchill, was destined to be the narrator of this treatise to greatness of Churchill and his voice soothed, raged and coaxed the very best of this tremendous work.

Well done gentlemen.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2019

Superb in every way

A mammoth audio book about a giant of modern history. Compelling and fascinating, and well narrated.