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Darkest Hour

How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink
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From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revisionist look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill's ascendancy to prime minister - soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.

May 1940. Britain is at war, Winston Churchill has unexpectedly been promoted to prime minister, and the horrors of Blitzkrieg witness one Western European democracy fall after another in rapid succession. Facing this horror, with pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, Churchill wonders what words could capture the public mood when the invasion of Britain seems mere hours away.

It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched and wonderfully written new book, The Darkest Hour. A day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative of this crucial moment in history provides a revisionist look at Churchill - a man plagued by doubt through those turbulent weeks but who emerged having made himself into the iconic, lionized figure we remember.

©2017 Anthony McCarten (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jean
  • 06/12/2017

Gripping

This book was published in November 2017. I understand there is to be a movie made from this book. I read everything I can obtain about Winston S. Churchill. I recently read “Alone” by Michael Korda. “Alone” dealt with the time frame of when Churchill was elected prime minister and includes lots of information about Dunkirk. This book also deals with the same time frame as Churchill becomes prime minister. But this book deals more about Churchill, the man, as well as more about his key speeches during this period. “Alone” was more about Dunkirk.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. McCarten has been nominated five times for an Academy Award for his screenplays and he also is a novelist. This background has allowed him to write a most exciting book. This is definitely not a dry biography. McCarten brings Churchill to life as a man with all the weakness and greatness to be expected of a brilliant man. In some ways, you could also say this is a story of a speech. McCarten reveals to us how Churchill struggled to write one of his most famous speeches “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat”. The author points out that Churchill wrote and gave his three greatest speeches within a four-week period. I found it most interesting that Churchill drew on the skills of Plato and his colleagues as well as Cicero to learn the skill of oratory. McCarten states Churchill spent one hour of work for every one minute of speech. The book held my attention throughout the story. The book is a fast and easy read.

The book is about six and half hours. John Lee does and 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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  • Mike From Mesa
  • 15/09/2018

The power of speech

This book covers a short period of time from Churchill becoming Prime Minister to the end of the Dunkirk evaluation and centers on some of the great speeches Mr Churchill gave that convinced his fellow MPs that he was the right man for the job, that he meant to fight Germany with everything Britain had and that they had a chance of victory. The speeches involved contain some of the greatest quotes from Churchill and Mr McCarten looks at the speeches to see why they were so influential and how they saved Great Britain. But the book is more than just a look at his speeches, how they were written and the effect they had. It is also a pocket history of the events so that the speeches are put into the proper perspective given the events of the time. There are some old recordings that Churchill made of these speeches after they were given (recording was not allowed in Parliament) and they were powerful enough to bring chills to me listening to them more than 75 years after they were originally given, and this book shows the power of a well delivered speech to motivate, encourage and inspire a people to do what is necessary. This book is a good addition to any collection of books about one of the most momentous periods in history when freedom literally balanced on the edge of a knife. In my life I have probably read more than 100 books about this period of time, and while none of the information in this book is really new to me, given when I had already learned from previous books, this book is unique in that it concentrates on a critical period when it become possible for life to triumph over death, for freedom to conquer slavery and for the right to win against a dark and terrible force. Recommended for anyone interested in the history of World War II.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/12/2017

Enhanced my Knowledge

Where does Darkest Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have been a student of history for over fifty years. This period of history is ignoble with the exception of Churchill. I did not know that Chamberlain or Lord Halifax continued to exert influence over Churchill and his government. I thought the appeasement policies were broken. This was great revelation for me. The book has to rank number 4 in fun to read and reread.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkest Hour?

When Churchill circumvented Lord Halifax and Chamberlain to gain support for his policies. I learned what a tremendous drag on Churchill they almost to the point of negotiating a settlement With Hitler.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. John Lee was at the top of his form. He was great.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Same as the book.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Audible!

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  • Sher from Provo
  • 16/09/2018

An amazing man

With all his faults, I admire Winston Churchill in so many ways. He was put in one of the most difficult positions a person could ever imagine and came through it like a shining star. Hollywood movies to the contrary, very few people have really ever been given the chance to “save the world,” but that is what Churchill had to do. And what was his super power? As with the creation of the world in the first place, he did it with words. Through his speeches, he was able to give the English what they needed to dig in and win the war. He also had to win over Roosevelt and a few other people to help him, and he did it. He was, in a real way, a weak thing made strong. John Lee, of course, was the perfect narrator. He is one of the very best. Now, with that said, I do have to give Hollywood some credit here. The movie based on this book was amazing, maybe even better than the book. Everyone should read the book and see the movie. You will then understand what was so special about this man.

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  • HB
  • 29/12/2017

highly recommended

Beautiful story telling and fresh point of view of what and how things went down.

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  • David McGlothlin
  • 31/01/2018

World history most Americans do not know

This is a very good history of the beginning of WWII most Americans do not know. And how close world history came to about as we know it today versus something completely different. The movie has Dunkirk being a day. This book has it being much longer.

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  • Greg
  • 22/04/2018

Tedious Reading; Little Payoff. Thumb "down.

There are twelve audiobook chapters. Skip the first ten, unless you are quite knowledgable about British internal politics of the late Thirties and early Forties. If, like me, you have no feel for, sense of, nor knowledge of the large number of names of British statesmen interacting, you may wind up like me, fast listening through the thing until you get to the "payoff," which is stirring, but brief. I love Churchill, but dislike this book, and recommend against it.

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  • Bubba Gazinski
  • 25/10/2020

Outstanding introspective historical work

I had not known how close Great Britain had come to capitulating to the Nazis in 1940. What an amazing story of courage not just for Winston S. Churchill but the people’s of Britain as well. Well told and well read!

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  • Kate
  • 19/01/2020

Fascinating portrait of Churchhill

This presentation about Churchhill during the second world war is an interesting and factual overview of the man’s strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of World War II.

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  • grussgott
  • 24/12/2019

I Learned A Lot and Enjoyed Doing So

I really enjoyed this audible book. As mentioned in the introduction there's so much to learn about Churchill. There is of course endless history to learn also. The readers voice is very easy and pleasing to listen to and holds your attention well making the story and history that much better to grasp and enjoy. Very well done I will certainly look for more stories and narratives by both Anthony McCarten and John Lee.