Charles de Gaulle
- Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
- Length: 22 hrs and 49 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-09-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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This exciting biography takes full measure of the man and full measure of his times, when great soldiers and statesmen fought center stage and the fate of the world hung in the balance.
"De Gaulle's career may have been an ordeal for his contemporaries, but in Cook's hands it has become a delight for readers." ( Time)
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By Wallen on 04-20-11
A great book about a complex person
Well written and thoroughly researched, is this book about Charles de Gaulle. I like books that create emotions and this book really makes me loathe Charles de Gaulle. Having listened to it with great interest, I know understand why de Gaulle upset som many people in his life. He was completely obnoxious. Here we have real events, where most occurred in my parents' and my own life time. Thus I have the benefit of having actually heard of - or in some cases actually experienced - the events pictured in this book. As far as I understand the author tells the story from de Gaulle's viewpoint, but also from the viewpoints of the people with whom he interacted. This book I could listen to again (and that is a good grade).
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Presbyter on 10-23-10
Well done, but....
This magisterial biography is well known in the vast literature on the subject character. It is well recorded by and large, but here I venture some reservations. I have found this particular narrator to be a bit too "arch" and "overly-Britsy" for me taste, though he has done several of the serious history works I've purchased. Someone does however need to correct pronunciations e.g.: the British battleship "Resolution" pronounced as if it were a French word; and the well-known American Admiral Leahy prononunced as "Lee-hee". Minor yes, but annoying.
Also there is a practice I've noticed in other recordings: the tendency to imitate the real or imagined voice of someone quoted. Here Churchill is given a sort of commonplace imitation treatment by the narrator. I'm not sure if this practice is professional or too "show biz" for me.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 02-20-13
Interesting content, AWFUL narrator
This book is very interesting in its content. Unfortunately the narrator has decided to read the whole thing in a voice that is, quite frankly, beyond ridiculous. I have no idea what he was aiming at - some sort of debonair British diplomat, but it is completely unnatural and totally distracting. Makes the book almost un-listenable. Shame as, like I say, the content is fascinating.
Suggest a re-record for this one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By D. J. C on 11-14-16
Absorbing book on significant 20c leader.
Very well researched and written book. Liked the narrators style once you get used him.