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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (818 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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In this short and intense period of the war, Churchill's sense of history is profound. 'If the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say this was its finest hour.'

In this second volume, Britain stands alone in combat against the mortal threat posed to civilisation, liberal democracy, and human decency. Between May 1940 and January 1941, the world witnessed some of the most spectacular military victories of all time. The audacity and brilliance of Hitler's Blitzkrieg staggered both France and Britain. The Allies had prepared for a repeat of the entrenched First World War instead of something altogether more terrifying, mobile, and destructive.

The consequences were almost fatal. Dunkirk was a victory plucked from the jaws of defeat. The Battle of Britain was defiance against the odds but mastery of the skies remained in British hands and 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.' In the deserts of North Africa the outnumbered British forces went from victory to victory against Mussolini's conscripted men. There were many hardships and disasters to come, but Churchill could rightly proclaim 'Alone but up-bourne by every generous heart beat of mankind we had defied the tyrant in the height of his triumph.'

The overview is read by Winston S Churchill, MP, and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 2/13/2014

    " I begin to suspect the Kindle editions of Churchill's WWII history were a rush job: sloppy formatting, inept ocr, and nobody bothered to proofread them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/21/2014

    " quite revealing about a lot of the US/UK interactions, that reverberate today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 1/12/2014

    " I wanted to read a history of the war from a major player. Mr Churchill goes into exhausting detail as to the administration of the war. It was boring to read. There are 6 volumes in this series. I could only choke down two. However, If you wish to know how many planes and boats the british had in 1940, or want to know the output of certain munition factories during the bombing of Britain. Or perhaps what color dress Mrs. Chamberlain was wearing during tea with Churchill....this is your book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 1/5/2014

    " Listened to the audio book version. Really stunning, detailed, history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 12/27/2013

    " I took this up after seeing the recent HBO movie about Churchill, and am now far enough into it that I will probably see it through. The volume is from the 571 Maple Street library, I believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Bennett | 12/26/2013

    " Excellent book on the first few months of Winston Churchill as the prime minister from his own viewpoint. He obviously puts his own spin to it, but it is a unique perspective, and well written. I was concerned how well it would read just from a quick glance, but I found it a relatively easy read if not a "page turner". Got it on Kindle for $0.99 to boot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 12/9/2013

    " I have read almost every one of Churchill's books. Reading any of them is like going to a technicolor movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfredo Pizarro | 11/1/2013

    " History as lively as can be... And narrated by a certain someone who knew a little bit about WW2... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/8/2013

    " First hand account of the London Blitz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 11/23/2012

    " Like everything written by Churchill (at one time the highest paid journalist in the world) the prose in this biography of his glorious ancestor John Churchill shines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick\ | 11/6/2012

    " A most amazing series. So lucky in War, so gifted in words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 9/13/2012

    " In which Churchill describes the fall of France, the Battle of Britain and the desert war of 1940, and once again shows us just how much fun he was having and how sycophantic to Roosevelt he could be (frankly embarrassing). The man certainly had lots of ideas. Rated G 3/5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/4/2012

    " Very interesting insight into what was going on behind the scene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Meder | 11/3/2011

    " I am more than 60% through this Kindle copy of the book, and I LOVE IT! I am reading it slowly, to drink it all in, to look up things discussed, and to put it down to read something newer and more pressing. It is a joy to read this memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 10/26/2011

    " Almost speechless on this book! Please I beg you read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kashyap | 10/2/2011

    " The second world war theme be it in books or movies is my all time favorite. These war volumes are 12 in number, not 6. I have read 8. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kieran | 5/17/2011

    " Check this out! Churchill uses some phrases that I never though existed then. "Off the shelf" is an example. And he is my hero, which makes it easier to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 2/28/2011

    " Good beyond hope ($1 to C S Lewis). The entire war, told in beautiful prose, by the man who stood at the eye of the storm. What could be better? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/10/2010

    " The best history of the Second World War there is, from one of its central figures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/28/2009

    " I read these individually but I figured I might as well do the set. This is a little self serving, but an incredible look inside both the British and allied leadership. A great look at how Churchill's own personality shaped the course of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 11/3/2008

    " Of all of the major World Leaders involved the conflict only Churchill wrote a memoir. There are inaccuracies, to be sure, and omissions (Ultra was only revealed after his death) but a classic account nonetheless. "

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About the Narrator

Michael Jayston is a highly regarded actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. He has many television credits to his name as well, such as Element of Doubt, A Bit of a Do, Outside Edge, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet for the RSC, as well as Private Lives and The Way of the World. His audiobook work has won him six AudioFile Earphones Awards.