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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (576 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winston Churchill Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As a visionary, statesman, historian, and the most eloquent spokesman against Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century. This is the story of the first thirty years of his life, up to the point where his unique parliamentary career was just beginning. From childhood and his apprentice days at Harrow and Sandhurst we follow him on active service to Cuba, the northwest frontier, Omdurman and the Boer War—including the historic story of his escape from captivity—whilst in the background are his early adventures in politics and literature.

“I have tried, in each part of the quarter-century in which this tale lies, to show the point of view appropriate to my years, whether as a child, a schoolboy, a cadet, a subaltern, a war-correspondent or a youthful politician…When I survey this work as a whole I find I have drawn a picture of a vanished age.”—from the author’s preface

My Early Life gives listeners insights into the shaping of a great leader.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This was the best book Churchill wrote, an exuberant memoir of colonial wars as seen by a shameless adventurer and glory-seeker.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Churchill’s prose is among the very best. His word perfection, lively but unpretentious style, and self-deprecatory humor make this book thoroughly enjoyable, whether as history, adventure, or the study of a great man.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Narrator Frederick Davidson employs a slight Churchillian drawl, making this one of the most completely satisfying programs in years.” 

    Library Journal

  • “The best of all his books.”

    Lord Deeds

  • “Some would put it as one of the outstanding works of the twentieth century.”

    Roy Jenkins, author of Churchill

  • “This wonderful book confirms his stature as one of the finest English prose stylists of the last century.” 

    Mail on Sunday (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen L. | 2/17/2014

    " Well, I just couldn't finish this (at 3/4th of the way through.) It is dated and it is for a more narrow audience: English men who are into war and politics. I obviously do not fit that category. I do find Churchill fascinating. I did enjoy some of the earlier parts about his childhood. I will try and read something on him written by someone else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by kunkku | 2/17/2014

    " he starts slowly but soon gets his second wind: wonderfully descriptive of someone destined to be one of the leading lights in the 20th centuary... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Safdar Sikandar | 2/12/2014

    " What is it that makes a man or an event great? Conspiracy of millions of causes? or a single Power inside a man's heart? At 26 he was elected as a parliamentarian, had three books and many other writings under his name. This book is a wonderful read. His early life in his own words in a remarkable way. From 1874 to 1902, the first 26 years of his life. Three wars. A prison break. A meeting with Mark Twain. I thoroughly enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara Watson | 2/12/2014


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