Full time mail carrier(driving only), full time mom, only way for me to enjoy books is audiobooks.
I will definitely listen to this again. It's an amazing story. What a life she has experienced so far.
Learning about her dilemma in regards to her sister Margaret wanting to marry Group Captain Townsend.
She brings her experience on knowing how to draw in the listener to the story
Mostly a wow reaction. After I finished this book, I was left with a now what? What book could follow a book this good
Love learning about all her experiences and all that goes with being a princess and then becoming queen.
I really enjoyed this account, I wasn't looking for a tell all, just a glimpse into the monarchy that we do not usually get in the United States. The Queen is even more impressive than I could have imagined.
Biographies can be dry, but not this one! I was interested the whole time. Good narrator with great variety in her voice and the book was well researched and thorough. I learned so much about the amazing Queen Elizabeth II and now I really feel like I know the royal family. Thanks Audible for suggesting this book when the Queen turned 90!
Love historical fiction, good light reading, histories, and theological treatises.
Narrated beautifully, it is easy to catch the storyline of her life. 91 years goes by in a flash.
Well-written and beautifully read. However, a bit one-sided as it merely touches on the troubles of the Queen's children's marriages focusing mainly on Diana's negative image and not focusing on any of the other in-law members' images accolades or negatives. Princess Margaret's turmoils are barely mentioned and cease at age 21.
I have always been a royal watcher. Learning more about Queen Elizabeth just increases my admiration and respect for her and the life she has lived. "Long live Queen Elizabeth!"
This was well written and interesting to read. I enjoyed getting to know the historic influences on the monarchy and the way it has changed in just this one lifetime. This is a much better book than the one by Sarah Bradford, even though they deal with the same subject matter.
The preview recording that accompanies this book is misleading in two ways. First, and happily, the narrator for the bulk of the text is not the shaky voiced author who squeaks her way through the introduction. The pompous British narrator is easier on the ears, if effusively enthusiastic in her delivery of hours of fawning words. The second surprise is the personal observations and behind-the-scenes glimpse implied by the content of the preview are non-existent in the book proper.
The bulk if this book is an astonishingly positive, squeaky clean and obviously biased history of an historic figure, as gleaned from the official statements of the palace and scrubbed down news sources. It is a historical narrative without a hint of scandal, intimacy or insight except in so far as it agrees with the thesis that the queen is an awesome, consistent, heroic figure and as flawless as any monarch who ever lived.
Is there a contrasting view point? Who knows? This is my first biography of Queen Elizabeth II, and I certainly didn't get a hint of of controversy from any part of this unbalanced narrative.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is a very interesting and informative book about the Queen and her early days.
Fantastic book. Not gossipy or trashy at all. The author really makes you feel like you're sitting in on major historical events.