When Britain Saved the West

  • by Robin Prior
  • Narrated by Shaun Grindell
  • 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the comfortable distance of seven decades, it is quite easy to view the victory of the Allies over Hitler's Germany as inevitable. But in 1940 Great Britain's defeat loomed perilously close, and no other nation stepped up to confront the Nazi threat. In this cogently argued book, Robin Prior delves into the documents of the time - war diaries, combat reports, Home Security's daily files, and much more - to uncover how Britain endured a year of menacing crises. The book reassesses key events of 1940 - crises that were recognized as such at the time and others that were not fully appreciated. Prior examines Neville Chamberlain's government, Churchill's opponents, the collapse of France, the Battle of Britain, and the Blitz. He looks critically at the position of the United States before Pearl Harbor and at Roosevelt's response to the crisis. Prior concludes that the nation was saved through a combination of political leadership, British Expeditionary Force determination and skill, Royal Air Force and Navy efforts to return soldiers to the homeland, and the determination of the people to fight on "in spite of all terror."

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Great story, well written

A great story but the narrator was clearly not British as shown by serious mispronunciation of place names and words and Americanised dates and numbers.
This jarred a lot but the description of events and personalities was very good, it explained what happened clearly and was most enjoyable
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- J

Excellent narrative, mind-bendingly bad narrator.

What did you like most about When Britain Saved the West?

The narrative.


What other book might you compare When Britain Saved the West to, and why?

Every book about the Second World War ever written.


How could the performance have been better?

The reader of this audiobook, Shaun Grindell, is one of the worst and most irritating readers I have encountered in almost a hundred Audible titles. He reads like an American affecting a British accent in some second-rate sci-fi show, and it is like nails being raked torturously down a chalkboard.
His accent is as English as my ears can detect, but his pronunciation and spoken grammar are entirely American. To listen to him butcher English place names like Berkshire (the first syllable of which he pronounces to rhyme with "twerk", as opposed to "Bark", which is how it should be pronounced) or Bromwich (which he separates into two detached syllables as "Brom-witch", instead of the "Bromich" which a normal British person would do) is nearly as painful as his mangling of dates and numbers. Instead of reading a date as (for example) "the twenty third of September", he says "September twenty three". There is not a person born on this island who pronounces dates in such a way, unless it be whilst tied to a chair and with a gun to their head held by an American linguist with designs on etymological reverse-colonialism.
I accept I may be easier to irritate over such things than many people, but for me it is a horrendous distraction to an otherwise very fine and detailed book.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"The film they refused to hire Shaun Grindell to narrate."


Any additional comments?

Please do not ever hire Shaun Grindell to narrate a book ever again. He makes my ears bleed.

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- Jamie Sleeman "Reader, writer, philosophisssssssser."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-06-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio