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Author: Anthony McCarten Narrator: John Lee Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9780062796493
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From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revisionist look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill’s ascendancy to Prime Minister—soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.

May 1940. Britain is at war, Winston Churchill has unexpectedly been promoted to Prime Minister, the horrors of Blitzkreig witness one western European Democracy fall after another in rapid succession. Facing this horror, with pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, Churchill wonders what words could capture the public mood when the invasion of Britain seems mere hours away.

It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched and wonderfully written new book, The Darkest Hour. A day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative of this crucial moment in history provides a revisionist look at Churchill—a man plagued by doubt through those turbulent weeks—but who emerged having made himself into the iconic, lionized figure we remember.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stands alongside any of the great studies of Churchill.”

    Phil Reed, director emeritus, Churchill War Museum

  • “McCarten’s pulse-pounding narrative transports the reader to those springtime weeks in 1940 when the fate of the world rested on the shoulders of Winston Churchill. Thoroughly researched and compulsively readable, Darkest Hour is a true story thrillingly told.”

    Michael F. Bishop, executive director, International Churchill Society

  • “Detail-rich and utterly fascinating,…Narrator John Lee performs Churchill’s voice and speech patterns perfectly. Lee further displays his linguistic prowess with his interpretations of the French, Italian, American, and German leaders of this critical period. Listeners will hear Churchill’s meetings with ambassadors, his War Cabinet, and other heads of state as he leads Great Britain through what was soon to become WWII. Lee is a powerful performer, and his impeccable portrayals of Winston Churchill and other heads of state are second to none. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • “The author engages in a highly useful sort of rhetorical analysis that examines Churchill’s use of repeated words, phrases, and motifs and his subtle reference to other classic addresses and essays: ‘In stark contrast to Hitler’s egomaniacal speeches—which emphasized the word I—Churchill…knew the power of ‘We’ when exhorting the British public to take up such a fearful struggle’…Churchill succeeded admirably, and so, in the main, does McCarten. A fresh, readable look at events and players that, though well-known to history, deserve to be studied for some time to come.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in History/Biography
  • Winner of a 2017 Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal for Best Book in Heroic Journeys

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About the Author

Anthony McCarten is an internationally acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and producer. He has had three nominations for the Academy Award and has twice won the BAFTA Award. He is best known for the films Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything, as well as Show of Hands and Death of a Superhero.

About the Narrator

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.