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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (416 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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Although the Grand Alliance was now in place, Churchill knew that it would take precious time before it would be able to effectively engage and subdue the enemy. Disaster was upon him almost at once. With the entrance of Japan into the global conflict, our Far East possessions were under immediate threat. Singapore and the Philippines fell. In Africa, Rommel took Tobruk. At sea, the loss of ships mounted. His task seemed ever greater, but his spirit, his resolve, his belief in his people's ability to overcome the terrible evil of Nazism was unshakeable.

Headlines were grabbed with the daring commando raid on the St Nazaire dock facilities. In the Pacific, the American forces held and defeated the Japanese in an air duel at the Battle of Midway. Churchill changed his commanders again and installed Montgomery in Africa and the effect was almost immediate: El Alamein. The Afrika Corps were broken. With the invasion by Allied forces of French North Africa the deserts were free of the enemy by May. Now Stalin could be relieved with the opening of a second front in Europe with the invasion of the soft belly of Italy.

In early 1943 the Allies were moving inexorably towards victory. Churchill's conviction was borne out. The Hinge of Fate was now decided.

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

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Cupero | 7/26/2013

    " I love this guy! He is just so PROPER! History without the ugliness. By that I mean that he doesn't put the reality of the world in, just the events he was part of. Sometimes emotion just gets in the way, do you know what I mean? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 7/17/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GT | 1/6/2013

    " A slog, as Churchill recounts the pivotal year of 1943 in exacting detail. The trek through this, the 4th volume in a series of six, is enlivened by periodic witticisms, making the effort worthwhile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick\ | 12/29/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deahna | 11/24/2012

    " Not this book really its a fan fic piece about Harry Potter that I was reading and this is the only book on goods= reads with the same title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Nelson | 3/31/2012

    " Volume IV of Churchill's six-volume history/memoir of World War II. Some day I will finish the whole thing . . . . "

  • 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.