I was only dimly aware of Elizabeth I and not aware at all of Mary, Queen of Scots. This book changed all of that. I was well written, well narrated, and absolutely fascinating. It provided an alluring picture of the life of Elizabeth, a little less so for Mary. I became so absorbed, I have pursued the subject with other, more detailed (and less readable) histories of the two and the Tudor period. Highly recommend.
The narrator did a great job with the different accents and gave the story alot of color. It was wonderful story with 2 great compelling women. I loved the detail that I was unaware of. If you are remotelyh aware of these two women, then this book will be great to listen to.
If you enjoy historical novels and/or historical fiction, you'll enjoy this retelling of the Elizabeth and Mary's story. This is not fiction, but sometimes truth is more interesting than fiction could possible be, and this is one of those cases. The story is engrossing, the reading is excellent, and you'll get a good idea of how these monarch's thought and acted, and how Europe lived in those times. Highly recommended!
What a life Mary had! It was an insane whirl and makes you glad you aren't a queen. This well-balanced treatment puts her life into the context of Elizabeth's life and makes inevitable the battle between them. It's good, but not as good as Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles.
I really enjoyed the way the writer took the time to explain all the ways one life affected the other. How she could make you both feel frustrated with both women and sympathic at the same time. How the way the life and times they lived in affected the end result.
I loved how she compare the two women and how each one had their strengths and obvious weakness'.
Definately has to be Elizabeth I. For all her attempts to side step and save Mary Queen of Scots, there was no way out.
No Way Out!
I became interested in the life and times of Elizabeth I as a result of interest in the 1588 English defeat of the Spanish Armada and watching the two recent, excellent movies on the life of this amazing queen. This audio book on the lives of the rival cousins, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, was truly an outstanding listen. I feel that I came to know these two women well. My appetite to know more about their story, especially Elizabeth's later years, is doubled. One can only conclude that Elizabeth I was an amazing woman, in spite of her superstitions and belief in supernatural foolishness.
As an atheist, I found it especially remarkable to note how much adversity and disaster, personal and societal, was generated over religion during Elizabeth's reign. It seems humanity hasn't learned much since the 16th Century.
I really enjoyed this book. It gives great insight as to the outlook of both Queens and why they took the actions they did.
This book is NOT for the casual listener who wants to become more familiar with this time period. It's so full of detail and analysis that it becomes a chore to listen to and nearly impossible to follow. I assume the abridged version would have been a better choice for me.