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So much has been written about Churchill. Historians and authors are challenged to present information differently. Recently there have been several books published about Churchill.
Michael Korda combines military history and memoirs in a unique manner to tell of the beginning of World War Two, the fall of France and the miracle of Dunkirk. Korda has stories within stories of tragedies and heroic acts. Korda states the French Army collapsed because of fatal strategic misjudgments, paralysis of will, helpless pessimism, political intrigue and lack of leadership. The author reminds us that the British had a courageous, canny, inspirational leader in Winston S. Churchill.
The book is well written and researched. This is definitely a British story. I enjoyed that the author included his family’s story into the mix of civilian stories. The story’s main thrust is of the British Expeditionary Forces retreating from the Nazi Blitzkrieg that leveled Belgium then turned toward Paris. Korda focused on the key players of Chamberlain, Churchill, Hitler and Admiral Bertram Ramsey. If you are interested in Churchill or World War II, you will enjoy this book.
The book is thirteen hours long. John Lee does an excellent job narrating the book. John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. Lee has won multiple Earphone Awards. In 2009 he won the Golden Voice Award and he has won a number of Audies in different genre over the years.
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Very enjoyable take on an important period of history. Liked the author's insertion of his own family history.
Would you listen to Alone again? Why?
I loved the way Michael Korda wove the history of Dunkirk with his own personal and family reminiscences.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Alone?
Aspects of the Dunkirk story that tend to be forgotten, especially around those left behind.
What about John Lee’s performance did you like?
A ‘spot on’ performance by John Lee. Loved the variations in voice, accent and character as he told the story. Good balance between gravitas and levity. A very engaging and interesting ‘listen’.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
A book and a narration to savour over a length of time.
Any additional comments?
Such an interesting book and well performed.