On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch.
Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.
This newly written history uses actors and eyewitness observation to bring to life the story of this most remarkable woman.
©2016 Ruth Cowen (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Whether you are a Royalist or not you will enjoy this 'easy to listen to' and ' non stuffy' account of Elizabeth II's life. What an interesting accounting of a life including her many strengths, weaknesses, her foibles, her dreams and her eccentricities. Learning about how her personality changed through nine decades and all the many national and international influences on her life.
One would think that she is very two dimensional however this very lively accounting of her life certainly changes the listener's opinion as far as that is concerned. Many of us will remember her at the opening of the Olympics when she shows us her sense of humor participating in a sketch with the new 007 James Bond.
After listening to this I realized that our Queen REALLY is a Bond Girl. She has supported a family, my Nation, many Nations in fact. She is still strong, she is relentlessly true to the promise that she made to my country many years ago when she became Queen. Never a 'quitter'.
A wonderfully entertaining 'listen'/read.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
Over all I liked the content...It was a concise overview of the Queens life.
The first two thirds was well done. I did not really want to hear the salacious tabloid details about Camilla and Charles and some of the Diana escapades.
The book should have stuck to the Queens life and her reaction to the escapades of her children and spouses.
I did enjoy hearing about some of the details of her life in the 50"s and 60"s.
I still admire her and think she has remained the most dignified of the royals .
A linear, royalist biography, with a narration that sounds like the voiceover of a documentary. Particularly distracting were all the sound effects - giggling children, barking Corgis, trotting horses - which added nothing to the experience.
I thought I might enjoy listening to it as background while doing other things, but it was so boring that I found myself automatically tuning it out.
Mildly interesting - I hadn't known all four of Prince Philip's sisters married Nazis, with one giving her son the middle name of Adolph - but ultimately boring.
So many books have been written of Her Majesty the Queen that she surely didn't need another one. However this mini-biography was so well told, and the narration so well done, that it is yet another marvelous tribute to a splendid life not fully appreciated by the disdainful tabloid media and a good portion of her subjects. Long may Elizabeth the Second continue to reign.
us.when you put them on a pedestal and think life is perfect, think again.read to find all similarities that we have with them.this book will hold your interest and surprise you.
This book does not read in chronological order. Had to keep rewinding and wondering if I had missed things. It jumps all over the place and is so confusing. Jennie Bond's voice pleasant to listen to, not quite so keen on background clatter. Sad really as we all know the story. Very, very disappointing as was really looking forward to it. Would wait for a better book on topic!!
I loved this book! The recording is brilliant, captivating and really dramatic; it almost feels like being in the real thing when they use radio voices, play the funeral march,... In general, this short history of the Queen's life is less dry and feels more personal than many other history books. Even devoted royalists might learn something new and definitely enjoy the recording.
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