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Wow, I did not know about Wilberforce before listening to this biography. It takes an amazing person to bring change to a country. This is a story that fills you with pride that we have humans who work so hard to do what is right.
I confess I stopped reading this book about half-way through the second half, and it was only in the hope that things would improve that I got that far. The early section on Wilberforce's childhood was quite good, but deteriorated with every chapter after that. The book may be interesting to students of Christian thought and philosophy but I think it's a book of interest only to the devout and non-Christians might best give it a miss. Fair enough that Christianity was the driving force in Wilberforce's life (after his conversion), but he did become something of a Bible-basher and Belmonte deals with Wilberforce's Christianity to the exclusion of nearly everything else. The big omission is Wilberforce's family life. I knew Wilberforce had children because their recollections of their father are dotted throughout from very early in the book, but how many children there were and how and when they arrived in the world isn't covered. The first I heard of Wilberforce's wife was a mere peripheral mention. Who she was and what she was like, their courtship (if there was one), their marriage and the birth of their children didn't rate so much as a sentence. What's more, the book is not well written. Its main fault is jumping around chronologically so you're often not sure where you are or whether your mind wandered and you and missed a chapter. Simon Vance does a sterling job of narration. He is to be applauded for sticking with it to the end.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, entertaining and informative
What other book might you compare William Wilberforce to, and why?
The excellent William Hague's Pitt is equally good or better; the two books compliment each other
What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Very good narration
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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