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Who Dares Wins

Britain, 1979-1982
Written by: Dominic Sandbrook
Narrated by: Dominic Sandbrook
Length: 42 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: History, Political

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The early 1980s were the most dramatic, colourful and controversial in our modern history. Margaret Thatcher had come to power with a daring plan to reverse Britain's decline into shabbiness and chaos. But as factories closed their doors, dole queues lengthened and the inner cities exploded in flames, would her harsh medicine rescue the Sick Man of Europe - or kill it off? 

Evocative, surprising and gloriously entertaining, Dominic Sandbrook's new book recreates the great turning point in Britain's modern history. For some people this was an age of unparalleled opportunity, the heyday of computers and credit cards, snooker, Sloane Rangers and Spandau Ballet. 

But as industries collapsed, working-class communities buckled and the Labour Party tore itself apart, it was also an age of extraordinary acrimony. And when Argentine forces seized the Falklands, it seemed the final humiliation for a deeply divided country. 

Here are the early 1980s in all their gaudy glory: Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Ian Botham and Princess Diana. Here are Joy Division, Chariots of Fire, the Austin Metro and Juliet Bravo; wine bars, cruise missiles, the battle of Goose Green and the ZX Spectrum. And towering above them all, the most controversial prime minister in our modern history - the Iron Lady. 

©2019 Dominic Sandbrook (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Fridtjof
  • 24-05-20

Great history lesson

Born in the early 1960s this book is even for non-British readers a great book to understand the history of the early 80s. Its entertaining, setting matters in context and explains hos the world has developed in to the society of today.

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  • Jon Hustad
  • 21-10-19

Unabridged?

It was only half the book. I feel cheated. Where is the rest of the book?

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  • cathy smith
  • 13-10-19

Chapters missing

I’ve had the same issue as other reviewers. My download stops at High Noon at Leyland and does not include anything relating to the Falklands War. There’s obviously an issue with this download. I have re-downloaded it twice but this hasn’t made any difference. I am waiting for a response from Audible as I assume the problem is at their end. Hopefully this will get sorted as it’s a really good book - like the previous ones - and I’m sure the final chapters will be worth the wait. Just very frustrating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-19

Incomplete but rest being uploaded soon

As others have said - this is not the full book, which is supposed to be 42 hours long! I contacted Penguin Publishing and they have said: "Please accept our apologies for this error. We are supplying the remainder of the audio to Audible shortly and once this has been processed, you will be able to delete the audiobook and re-download from the site in order to get the full content."

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  • Jim 8888
  • 29-10-19

Abrupt Ending?

I was listening to this book when suddenly it seemed to finish. "That's strange", I thought, "He's obviously moving on to 1983. Maybe he became bored with the story?" Only when I came on to write a review did I see I had another 3 sections to listen to! So, my review of Part One of this book is relatively positive. Having lived through these years as a teenager, the book inspired many memories of the time, from the Brighton Bombing to Bowie's Ashes to Ashes video. Sandbrook picks out some great stories and quotes to give colour to his history, so it's not a dull account but it does focus quite a bit on the political side. Not surprising I suppose, given Thatcher. We lived in interesting times, but I have to say that the tales of economic catastrophe didn't bother me too much at school. Unemployment was a fact of life, Mrs Thatcher was Mrs Thatcher and who was on Top of the Pops? As I say, it's not a dull narrative, but what does it all mean for life today? How did the Eighties shape us? No doubt I'll have to listen to the rest of the book to maybe find out, and I intend to.

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  • sequoia taylor
  • 06-12-19

Would have been better with David Thorpe reading!

Whyy not keep the continuity with DT reading- authors are often not good readers. DS is not too bad but he just doesn't have the same lovely way of bringing it to life. A pity as I've loved the 70s series of the same books read by David Thorpe and have frequently re written

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  • Markrlll
  • 10-10-19

This is only one third of the actual book

The book is 1000 pages or so long. The narration on this version stops at about page 338. I have told Audible but received a very daft response that “all 16 hours are included”. Mmm. It is a shame because otherwise it is a superb book. I suggest you wait until Audible have sorted this issue out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-19

2/3 of the book is missing

Love Mr. Sandbrook and was eagerly awaiting this book, alas Audible (depsite advertising the recording as 'complete and unabridged') have managed to somehow only upload 1/3 of the book, with the narrative stopping somewhere around 1981. Hopefully they'll rectify it soon but in the meantime, don't bother.

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  • MR DAVID A WOODFINE
  • 15-10-19

Half a book

This is only half a book as the other reviewers have said. As good as it is, it’s incomplete. Audible have said it’s up to the publishers but half a book shouldn’t be sold on the site as unabridged.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-10-19

Something missing?

I think there's something missing at the end of this production, perhaps a third chapter? It seems to end very abruptly and not cover areas mentioned in the blurb later in the story, such as the Falklands War.

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  • Mark Sneddon
  • 07-04-20

In depth story telling as ever

As a fan of Dominic Sandbrook and his earlier work I had high hopes for this latest installment in the series of life in Britain through the past 6 decades. I felt that the narration from the author and not David Thorpe let the experience down slightly but this didnt detract from the extensive background research and well written material. it can be hard to inject some new ways of looking at history and at events that have been talked about many times before but the look at hobbies, fads and sporting events gives a welcome break to the more politicised and "heavier" parts.

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  • Iron Duke
  • 17-12-19

Does nobody proof these books?

The content is great but two things break the concentration for me; 1. If you have a lot of Welsh names and have no idea how to pronounce them, please ask someone from Wales. Does anyone not know that Abertillery rhymes with fairy and not artillery? 2. You’ll have so much de ja vue because there are so many retakes that haven’t been edited out. Real shame, the content is actually really good.

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  • Kevin Framp
  • 13-10-19

Only One Third of the Book!

As mentioned by other reviewers, for some reason this narration only covers the first 14 chapters of a 33 chapter book! I have no idea why that would be - and it’s pretty disappointing to reach the end of the audio and find that out. The book itself is wonderful - but don’t buy this version until Audible offers the book in full!

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