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Wish You Were Here! Audiobook

Wish You Were Here!

Author: Hanson, Lynn Russell, Neil Hanson Narrator: Maggie Mash Release Date: June 2014

Touching true stories from the heyday of the Butlin's holiday camps.'When I got to the camp I felt as if I'd suddenly walked into Utopia - it was so colourful, so warm, so friendly. There were lights across the roads, there were banners fluttering in the breeze... There seemed to be laughter coming from every building.'With grey post-WWII skies hanging low over Britain, factories lining the streets and smoke stacks dotting the horizon, there was one way that ordinary families could escape: the ever-cheerful holiday camps of Butlin's.When Billy Butlin founded his holiday camps in 1936, they were bastions of community spirit and havens of luxury. Here, for one week, wives and mothers were freed from the toil and drudgery of housework, children ran free through the grounds, fathers and husbands hung up their work clothes. Ever-helpful redcoats were on hand all hours of the day, dinner halls ready with plentiful food for old and young alike, bars stocked to quench any level of thirst, ballrooms waiting to be flooded with shiny shoes, rustling dresses and peals of laughter. And, as the sun went down on another exhausting, happy day, a chorus line was ready to sing holidaymakers back to their beds.Rich in period detail and highly evocative, Wish You Were Here! follows the lives of seven of the camps' key figures through the highs and lows of the holiday season: from redcoats searching for stardom to young families who returned year after year, to pensioners who rediscovered an inner youth.The laughter and tears, the loves and losses, and the fun and friendships that have lasted a lifetime - it's all here.Funny, moving and heartwarming, they are tales of swimming pools and sing-a-longs, Glamorous Grannies and bicycle rides, and of a community spirit that burned brightly in a much-loved British institution.

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Winston's War Audiobook

Winston's War

Author: Max Hastings Narrator: Robin Sachs Release Date: April 2010

A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston's War captures the full range of Churchill's endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings's Churchill comes brashly to life as never before. Beginning in 1940, when popular demand elevated Churchill to the role of prime minister, and concluding with the end of the war, Hastings shows us Churchill at his most intrepid and essential, when, by sheer force of will, he kept Britain from collapsing in the face of what looked like certain defeat. Later, we see his significance ebb as the United States enters the war and the Soviets turn the tide on the Eastern Front. But Churchill, Hastings reminds us, knew as well as anyone that the war would be dominated by others, and he managed his relationships with the other Allied leaders strategically, so as to maintain Britain's influence and limit Stalin's gains. At the same time, Churchill faced political peril at home, a situation for which he himself was largely to blame. Hastings shows how Churchill nearly squandered the miraculous escape of the British troops at Dunkirk and failed to address fundamental flaws in the British Army. His tactical inaptitude and departmental meddling won him few friends in the military, and by 1942, many were calling for him to cede operational control. Nevertheless, Churchill managed to exude a public confidence that brought the nation through the bitter war. Hastings rejects the traditional Churchill hagiography while still managing to capture what he calls Churchill's appetite for the fray. Certain to be a classic, Winston's War is a riveting profile of one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. From the Hardcover edition.

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 6 - Triumph & Tragedy Audiobook

Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 6 - Triumph & Tragedy

Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Release Date: May 2017

Winston S. Churchill; The History Of The Second World War. Volume 6 - Triumph & Tragedy. With the beach landings of June 6th in the greatest amphibious assault ever seen the final phase of the war had begun. Churchill could survey his task with an easier mind. His relationship with Stalin was becoming increasingly more difficult as Stalin's moves replaced one terror with another. Churchill was anxious to move forces through Italy to relieve the military pressure on Normandy and Stalin yet limit the advance of Soviet forces into Central and Eastern Europe. The last major German offensive came in the Ardennes during December 1944. With its repulse their resistance began to melt away. The Russians continued to advance heroically forward into Germany itself. In Italy the collapse resulted into Mussolini's brutal execution by the Partisans. Two days later on April 30th. Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. On May 8th VE Day surrendered Europe to the overwhelming giddiness of liberation. In the Pacific the Americans moved relentlessly forward their massive air power hammered Japanese cities. Their vast armadas of ships disgorged armies to retake the Philippines in the fast diminishing Japanese Empire. But an attack on the Japanese mainland would be debilitating. The new American President, Harry Truman therefore unleashed a new level of terror with the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Japan surrendered on August 14th 1945 and the world was still and at peace. But for Churchill the election loomed and the Great Man was swept from office on a Labour landslide. His place in history is not forgotten. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 5 - Closing the Ring Audiobook

Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 5 - Closing the Ring

Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Release Date: May 2017

Winston S. Churchill; The History Of The Second World War. Volume 5 - Closing The Ring. As the Allies prepared for the Normandy invasion many war councils were held. At Teheran, the first of the Big Three conferences, decisive steps were taken to ensure this. Discussion was opened as to what shape and form the world would take after the defeat of the enemy. But with 185 divisions ranged against them the primary task was still the prosecution of the war to the unconditional surrender of the enemy. A vigorous debate as to the next stage in the Mediterranean theatre was taken up by Churchill and Roosevelt. Much of this centered on the Americans caution at the lack of landing craft. Churchill, who had cultivated Roosevelt for many years was able to get almost all of what he wanted but at the cost of delay and less adventurous decisions. Italy was invaded and great advances made until late '43. In Yugoslavia, Tito's partisans became a highly effective force in tying down many German divisions away from the front line. In Britain, Churchill prepared his resources for Operation Overlord and the invasion that would at last lift the tyranny and foul shadow of Hitler from Europe. Five years of titanic struggle had now succeeded in 'Closing The Ring'. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 4 - The Hinge of Fate Audiobook

Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 4 - The Hinge of Fate

Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Release Date: May 2017

Winston S. Churchill; The History Of The Second World War. Volume 4 - The Hinge Of Fate. Although The Grand Alliance was now in place Churchill knew that it would take precious time before it would be able to effectively engage and subdue the enemy. Disaster was upon him almost at once. With the entrance of Japan into the global conflict our Far East possessions were under immediate threat. Singapore and the Philippines fell. In Africa, Rommel took Tobruk. At sea the loss of ships mounted. His task seemed ever greater but his spirit, his resolve, his belief in his peoples ability to overcome the terrible evil of Nazism was unshakeable. Headlines were grabbed with the daring commando raid on the St Nazaire dock facilities. In the Pacific the American forces held and defeated the Japanese in an air duel at The Battle Of Midway. Churchill changed his commanders again and installed Montgomery in Africa and the effect was almost immediate: El Alamein. The Afrika Corps were broken. With the invasion by Allied forces of French North Africa the deserts were free of the enemy by May. Now Stalin could be relieved with the opening of a second front in Europe with the invasion of the soft belly of Italy. In early 1943 the Allies were moving inexorably towards victory. Churchill's conviction was borne out. The Hinge Of Fate was now decided. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 3 - The Grand Alliance Audiobook

Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 3 - The Grand Alliance

Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Release Date: May 2017

Winston S. Churchill; The History Of The Second World War. Volume 3 - The Grand Alliance. The Blitz continued to rain down on the shell and morale of the Nation's defences. In the cold grey waters of the North Atlantic wolfpacks of enemy U boats hunted down with ruthless efficiency the supply lines that could keep Britain in the war. Through the year the enemy produced many of their grandest victories but Britain was able to stabilise its position in the Middle East although setbacks at the hands of the newly arrived Rommel, the Desert Fox, were encountered in North Africa. But 1941 was to prove strategically decisive; with Hitler's campaign in the Balkans vital time was lost to the Wehrmacht for an attack on its former ally Russia. When the 150 divisions hurled themselves forward in June many knew that the long Russian winter would grind the enemy to a standstill before they could reach the safety of their objective cities. In December the third member of 'The Grand Alliance' stepped from the background with the infamous attack of Pearl Harbour. Now Churchill knew in his heart that ultimate victory surely lay with Britain., The United States and Russia but the continuing pain, sacrifice and toll of blood and machine were still to be borne. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 2 - Their Finest Hour Audiobook

Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 2 - Their Finest Hour

Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Release Date: May 2017

Winston S. Churchill; The History Of The Second World War. Volume 2 - Their Finest Hour. In this short and intense period of the war Churchill's sense of history is profound. 'If the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say this was its finest hour'. In this second volume Britain stands alone in combat against the mortal threat posed to civilisation, liberal democracy and human decency. Between May 1940 and January 1941 the World witnessed some of the most spectacular military victories of all time. The audacity and brilliance of Hitler's Blitzkrieg staggered both France and Britain. The Allies had prepared for a repeat of the entrenched First World War the Germans for something altogether more terrifying, mobile and destructive. The consequences were almost fatal. Dunkirk was a victory plucked from the jaws of defeat. The Battle Of Britain was defiance against the odds but mastery of the skies remained in British hands and 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.' In the deserts of North Africa the outnumbered British forces went from victory to victory against Mussolini's conscripted men. There were many hardships and disasters to come but Churchill could rightly proclaim 'Alone but up-bourne by every generous heart beat of mankind we had defied the tyrant in the height of his triumph. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 1 - The Gathering Storm Audiobook

Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War - Volume 1 - The Gathering Storm

Author: Winston S. Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Release Date: May 2017

Winston S. Churchill; The History Of The Second World War. Volume 1 - The Gathering Storm. In the Second World War every bond between man and man was to perish. Crimes were committed by the Hitler regime which find no equal in scale and wickedness with any that have darkened the human record. It was a simple policy to keep Germany disarmed after the struggle of the First World War and the Victors adequately armed in vigilance. But errors were soon made. The tragedy of America's failure to enter the League Of Nations; the weakness and lack of resolution of the Democracies to confront the growing strength, reach and ambition of the Fascist dictators in Germany, Italy and Japan; the economic turmoil that allowed these events to spark and build. In this first volume it is all too easy to see and understand how this immense tragedy could have been avoided, how the malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous. We shall hear how the counsels of prudence and restraint became the prime agents of mortal danger in this The Gathering Storm. The overview is read by Winston S Churchill MP and the volume narrated by Michael Jayston.

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Winston Churchill: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Winston Churchill Audiobook

Winston Churchill: A Captivating Guide to the Life of Winston Churchill

Author: Captivating History Narrator: Sean Daily Release Date: August 2017

Explore how Churchill went from schoolboy failure to wartime hero. As a British politician who was well known for serving twice as prime minister for the United Kingdom, and as an infamous war organizer, leader Winston S. Churchill filled his long life with achievements and recognition, plotted throughout every modern history book. Most famously, he led Great Britain into victory over Nazi Germany during World War II in his first run as prime minister, and played an essential role in negotiating peace once the war reached an unsteady end. Commonly, his name is associated as one of the 'Big Three', alongside United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin. In unity, the three men helped lead the world to a resolution from the violence and terror that reigned in World War II. Any general biography of Winston S. Churchill will provide an overview of his greatest achievements, but Churchill had other goals and desires that are often ignored and forgotten. What were they? Churchill had a family - a childhood and children of his own - and a political career that began at a young age. He spoke with and entertained some of the biggest names in the world, within both the political and social realms. How did he interact with Franklin D. Roosevelt? With Mahatma Gandhi? Beneath the accolades and accomplishments lies one important question: Who was Winston S. Churchill out of the spotlight? What were his struggles and personal goals? Was he an average man in some ways? The following audiobook is an outline of Winston S. Churchill's life that not only gives a brief overview of his best-known feats, but also provides a glimpse into who he was as a person.

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Winston Churchill's Greatest Speeches: Vol 1: Never Give In! Audiobook

Winston Churchill's Greatest Speeches: Vol 1: Never Give In!

Author: Sir Winston Churchill Narrator: Sir Winston Churchill Release Date: September 2006

Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War Two. He was one of the twentieth century’s greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill’s output was prolific – his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words. On this special recording, the best and most important of those have been brought together in this historic volume. Using digitally remastered archive recordings, they include: ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ / ‘The Few’ / ‘This was their finest hour’ / ‘We can take it!’ / ‘An Iron Curtain has descended’ / ‘Never give in!’ / ‘A total and unmitigated defeat’/ ‘Give us the tools’. Winston Churchill oversaw some of the most important events the world has ever seen and was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his age. These speeches help reveal the man behind the defiant orator and demonstrate why, in a national poll, Sir Winston Churchill was voted ‘Greatest Briton of All Time’. ' The most persuasive and patriotic exhortations to arms since the Agincourt address from Henry V.' - Guardian.

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Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades Audiobook

Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades

Author: George Alfred Henty Narrator: Jim Hodges Release Date: June 2017

Henty weaves a story of the life and times of King Richard the Lion-Hearted that is yet to be equaled. Cuthbert de Lance, the hero of the story, is of Norman blood on his father's side and Saxon by his mother. By providing timely aid to the Earl of Evesham, Cuthbert is rewarded by being allowed to go to the Crusade as his page. He gains a reputation for valor and prowess due to gallant deeds, and his resourcefulness not only helps King Richard but aids Cuthbert in many a hairbreadth escape. The Henty Historical Novel Collection

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Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure Audiobook

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

Author: Don Kladstrup, Petie Kladstrup Narrator: Todd McLaren Release Date: March 2012

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown—until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to those extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

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