Millions Like Us

  • by Virginia Nicholson
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson, Annie Aldington, Rachel Bavidge, Julie Maisey, Georgina Sutton
  • 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Virginia Nicholson's Millions Like Us: Women's Lives in the Second World War. A special multi-voice recording featuring five actresses that bring to life the hundreds of personal testimonies, diary entries and books that make up this superb study.
Read by Patience Tomlinson, Annie Aldington, Rachel Bavidge, Julie Maisey and Georgina Sutton. In 1942 Cora Johnston is grieving over the death of her young husband, torpedoed in the Atlantic; Aileen Morris is intercepting Luftwaffe communications during the siege of Malta - and Clara Milburn, whose son was captured after Dunkirk, is waiting, and waiting ...We tend to see the Second World War as a man's war, featuring Spitfire crews and brave deeds on the Normandy beaches. But in conditions of "Total War" millions of women - in the Services and on the Home Front - demonstrated that they were cleverer, more broad-minded and altogether more complex than anyone had ever guessed.
In Millions Like Us, Virginia Nicholson tells the story of the women's war, through a host of individual women's experiences. She tells how they loved, suffered, laughed, grieved and dared; how they re-made their world in peacetime. And how they would never be the same again...


What the Critics Say

"Passionate, fascinating, profoundly sympathetic." (Artemis Cooper, Evening Standard)
"A deeply moving account of female courage both at home and overseas during the six brutal years of war...the joy of Virginia Nicholson's book is the way she has plaited scores of individual stories into a richly textured account of the many forms that female courage can take. This story belongs to us all." (Kathryn Hughes, The Mail On Sunday)
"An acclaimed account of this period... a rich seam of social history." (Cassandra Jardine, Daily Telegraph)
"Ambitious, humane and absorbing." (Anne Chisholm, Spectator)
"Where Nicholson scores over other histories and memoirs is that her vivid narrative is set firmly in the context of the social conventions of the time...this lovely book is poignant, hilarious and inspiring." (Edwina Currie, The Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So much interesting information

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you have an interest in historical minutae, what the sentiments of the day were for this era, Virginia Nicholson presents a unique viewpoint.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety of women interviewed, their various economic situations, and how the Second World war affected them differently. For some, it was a leg up in the world, for some, a glaring opening into reality.

What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

Her accents were very well done, and her male officer voices brought to mind the classic slightly portly British officer.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. As a matter of fact, some should probably be digested slowly.

Any additional comments?

There were so many things in this book that opened my eyes to what women in Britain did during the war. I had no idea there was conscription for women, among other things. Not all parts of the book were what you could say enjoyable, the degree of constant unrelenting stress from all parts of living through the times was brought home very well. Some of the jobs they did were stimulating, others so abhorant they would never be forgotten.

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- Ruth

Thought Provoking

What made the experience of listening to Millions Like Us the most enjoyable?

The different adventures of the amazing women who lived in the time. Each woman and many of the men are done by different narrators which is fabulous

Who was your favorite character and why?

The amazing women who gave so much for all of us today

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Her voice is amazingly soothing and holds your attention

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just made methinks about what the women in the story went through so we could have what we take for granted today

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- Sally

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd