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Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anthony McCarten

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: November 2017

Duration: 6 hours 35 minutes


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, the horrors of Blitzkreig 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.


  • Gilberto J

    Fantastic book. Amazing narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • LaMarr A

    I've been an admirer of WC for years but always enjoy and appreciate experiencing learning more of this "Man for the Times." A short but very intense time-frame is covered in a compelling and moving manner. Reading the book before the movie really helped add useful background when watching the movie. Regarding the narration, very well done but if he'd spoke in the British accent only when speaking as WC, versus reading entirely in the British accent, it wouldn't have been as hard to listen at the faster (1.5x) speed. Certainly doable and not a major disadvantage...just personal preference for ease of clarity.

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