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Beautiful example of anecdotal correspondence. Churchill used his name and connections well, and gives us a cool perspective from inside the British camp. Considerate of Boer performance, personalities and perspectives, his writing gives a multi-faceted look at and feel of the conflict. Ric Jerrom may like to laugh more than Churchill intended, but this is a good stylistic difference. Free from romantic or sexual content and conspucuously exhibiting clean language, yet fully pithy and meaningful for adults; this work exemplifies pre-Progressive era literature, and is therefore a must for young readers to see how it is done.
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I now know why Churchill was so persuasive as a world leader. He writes like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes famd.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This beats reading about history hands down. The narrator is superb, bringing to life an account of the Boer War from 1899. This book is so well narrated it is like listening to old Winston himself speaking to you down through time. The narrative is a product of its time and there is the use of words which we find, quite rightly, offensive today. That said, I cannot recommend this energetic, interesting account of the Boer War highly enough. A great starter piece if you want to begin your journey into the Boer War. You will not be disappointed.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boer War?
Winston's escape from the Pretoria prison. I had never known that Winston had escaped from a prison. The account is so well narrated that your imagination runs riot picturing Winston strolling out the gate, hiding amongst the goods on the train, jumping off to avoid being discovered etc. Just fantastic.
What does Ric Jerrom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Listening to someone recounting their experiences is always much more dramatic than simply reading words on a page. It really was like listening to Winston! Ric Jerrom put dramatic emphasis on words and phrases, as well as doing an Afrikaaner accent etc. He is brilliant.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
On more than one occasion it had me holding my breath in anticipation, and also laughing out loug.
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Would you try another book written by Winston Churchill or narrated by Ric Jerrom?
Churchill book yes but narration by Ric Jerrom no. Sadly the mispronunciation of the place names is both distracting and jarring.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Did little research into correct pronunciation.
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