Churchill: A Life, Part 1 (1874-1918)

  • by Martin Gilbert
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Churchill: A Life follows Winston Churchill from his earliest days to his moments of triumph. Here, the drama and excitement of his story are ever-present. Martin Gilbert gives us a vivid portrait, using Churchill's most personal letters and the recollections of his contemporaries, both friends and enemies, to go behind the scenes of some of the stormiest and most fascinating political events of our time.
Part 1 takes us from Churchill's birth to the end of the First World War. Christian Rodska reads the first part of Martin Gilbert’s epic, definitive biography of Winston Churchill.


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Fascinating account of Churchill's early days

I chose this book because I knew little of Winston Churchill other than his role in WWII. This book covers his childhood, early days in the Army and as a writer and his days as a Liberal MP through to the end of WW1. It is beautifully read and this defintely adds to the experience. The writer had full access to the full archive of letters from the time and the extensive quotes from these and other contempary accounts give you confidence that the book is primarily based upon objective fact rather than subjective opinions. It is astounding how much one person can cram into their first 40 years and who knew what a succesful writer he had been prior to the move into politics ? The book covers some parts in quite a bit of details e.g in fighting during WW1 and leaves you with the feeling Churchill was defibitely a marmite type character.

I throughly recommend this for anyone who wants to understand more about not just Churchill but this this period in history.

Just one complaint, come on Audible where's part 2 !
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- R


An excellent book which gives a real insight to the character, strengths and weaknesses of the great man. The naration is also very good and keeps you hoping for more.
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- VAL G.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios