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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...
©2011 Virginia Nicholson (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 04-15-12

So much interesting information

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

Yes.
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sally on 06-18-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By NIGEL on 12-23-12

Nigel - Leicestershire

Being a WW2/forties enthusiast for several years attending forties re- enactment events throughout each year I thought I had a reasonable knowledge of the home front and the role of women in WW2. Virginia Nicholson's book has enlightened me, to the critical part that women played in eventually delivering victory to the allies.

The audio book is particularly good as the different actresses are able to give voice to the women from all levels of society and the part they played. The book is comprehensive and well researched with good first hand accounts and details of the individuals lives. I certainly look at my Aunties with greater respect after listening to this book, as one served in the Land Army and the other as a munitions worker and it is interesting to think that the elderly people they are now were once the young women as portrayed in "Millions like us" who's individual efforts and experiences helped so much to win the war.

I recommend this book not only to anyone interested in WW2 but as a general read, as it sheds light on an interesting period of our history and the perception and expectation of the role of women in society during a time of conflict.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MISS on 09-02-13

HELPS THE GENARATIONS THAT HAVE COME AFTER

AS A GRANED CHILD OF THAT GENARATION. IT WAS STILL NOT TALK ABOUT WILL THEY WERE AROUND.SO IT WAS GREAT TO LISEN TO THOES HOW WERE ABLE TO GIVE THERE STORY AND BE PAST ON SO THAT WE CAN UNDER STAND WHY THEY WERE AT TIMES SAY THIS GENARATION ADD IT BETTER AND ON A PLAIT. THANK'S TO ALL.
SORRY FOR SPEELING THIS IS WHY I GET BOOKS READ

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-31-17

an insight into the life of women during and after

Found it very interesting. mentioned lots women I had heard of or read about. Felt I knew a little of what wartime life was about

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-13-16

History Comes Alive

An accurate eyewitness account from the women who played a major role in winning not just the battle for Britain but the war for England!

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