I just finished listening to the audiobook (via Audible) of “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965” by William Manchester and Paul Reid. I had not read the book.
Very sad that it had to end! A wonderful, fittingly magnificent effort. My dog was also quite pleased to be getting in some extra walks lately while I listened along.
At approximately 3,200 minutes, I can say that not a single boring minute passes by; each one contains at least one interesting part of the great story, a story that is wonderfully told. Manchester/Reid do an excellent job at presenting Churchill himself, and I felt that the book left me with a greater understanding of what drove him in politics and statecraft. The challenges and objectives of the many other players involved in the story are also well described. The book works very well as a history of the Second World War and its aftermath.
If I didn’t “laugh out loud”, I did at least chuckle aloud more than once. I admit that I was brought to tears during the description surrounding VE Day – the end of the war, the crowds, the speeches, the imagery of people all over the British Isles lighting victory fires on high hills as they had done since ancient days. Thankfully, I was sitting at home during this part of the book and not out walking the dog. 8-)
One aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed with the discussion of the various technologies of the day; how they developed, what they could and could not do, and how they were used. I found “DotR” to be a useful resource in this respect.
Clive Chafer does a wonderful job with the reading. I particularly enjoyed when he drops down into his ‘Winston’ voice. I can’t say how accurate the voice is, but you definitely know when he is quoting WSC and, of course, what is said is often quite interesting and entertaining. Although I am relatively new to the audio-book experience (I think this was my third one), it occurred to me that there must be ‘star’ readers developing in the industry, and Mr. Chafer must be among them. When looking at listening options in future, seeing Clive Chafer’s name on an audiobook will help make the choice for me.