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The Life of Elizabeth I Audiobook

The Life of Elizabeth I

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

©1998 Alison Weir (P)2003 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-23-13
    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Who knew history could be interesting!"

    This is a very detailed account of Elizabeth the first's reign. The really great thing about this book is that Elizabeth's life is presented by her achievements but also her personal habits, her everyday routine, and plenty of stories of her long courtships that leave the listener to draw their own conclusions why she never married. She led a charmed life in many ways but she had more hardships than most people may realise. Elizabeth was a strong willed woman, highly intellectual, funny, practical, responsible and very human. I'm proud to have Elizabeth as my middle name. She was a woman way ahead of her time. She changed England for the better. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone curious about this amazing woman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    laurie 06-27-13
    laurie 06-27-13

    I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    "Like a Virgin"

    Obviously Elizabeth's virginity was important, but I wish the book had been less preoccupied with her hymen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B J Wakefield 06-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Delicious"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Life of Elizabeth I to be better than the print version?

    What can one say about such a subject, written by such an excellent writer as Alison Weir. Ms. Weir puts so much more into the story, rather than simply regurgitating historical information that can be gleaned from an encyclopedia. Good show!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking for more of Alison Weir's books. She has a rare talent; something not to be taken lightly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks Krabousanos 04-10-13 Member Since 2013

    I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.

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    "Historical novels can be boring!"
    If you could sum up The Life of Elizabeth I in three words, what would they be?

    This is a historical novel and is well done.It really needs to be more of a story to hold my interest. I did struggle with parts of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader, Davina Porter is great!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    All


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Ford 09-20-16
    Adam Ford 09-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book and better reading. Well done!"

    Thank you for writing this excellent book and for such a great reading. I learned much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Per 06-23-16
    Per 06-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Magnificent and unique experience"

    Picked up this title out of curiosity, and was rewarded with a story equal parts big-screen drama and real-life fairytale. Entertaining and informative. Can recommend to both lovers of history and of historical drama, as this astounding book should prove appealing to both!

    The reader is eminently suited to the material and does a perfect performance, bringing the historical characters and locations to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dln 06-11-16
    dln 06-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "interesting"

    Very well organized book that provided many details I've never read about Queen Elizabeth before. The author provided excellent support for her conclusions and made an enormous amount of information both interesting and easy to follow.

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    Aishwaryame VAIL, CO, United States 06-06-16
    Aishwaryame VAIL, CO, United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A Good Historical Book- Not A Novel"

    After reading a novel -also by Alison Weir- I mistakenly expected this to be on the same tenor, but it wasn't. I was at first disappointed but I turned out to learn a lot about Queen Elizabeth I and that British period. If you are looking for a biography, you are on the right track, but if your interest is more inclined towards a novel, this is not for you.

    Davina Porter is a very good narrator, but frankly this seemed quite arid, and again, it is because of the story and not her work.

    After reading this book, and having seen some reviews of Ms Weir's books by other listeners I'm no longer sure if I will be getting another of her works soon; I guess I'll give it a rest for now.

    In the end, I have given this book a high rating because like I said, I learned a lot and that -to me- equals high value

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    Amazon Customer New Jersey 05-29-16
    Amazon Customer New Jersey 05-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Still listening"
    If you could sum up The Life of Elizabeth I in three words, what would they be?

    British chick ruled.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth because she is a badass way ahead of her time.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Still listening....not done yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Searsport, ME, United States 05-28-16
    Kate Searsport, ME, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Never be another like her"

    The life of Elizabeth I ended five hundred plus years ago, and yet much of what she set in motion affects us still today. These books by Alison Weir are incredibly researched and incredibly detailed, with many quotes from documents of the day that give a real flavor of the actual minds that thought and wrote them.

    I listened to all twenty-plus hours over the space of a month (I'd have to return to the twenty-first century once in a while to reorient myself), and I enjoyed every moment of it. In a few years, I will undoubtedly listen to it again.

    I've listened to The Wives of Henry VIII and had this same sense of immersion and enjoyment. I have never been able to listen to the whole book on the children - I just didn't find the flow of it as easy to follow and dive into - so I approached this book with a bit of trepidation. Never to fear - if you enjoyed Wives, this one delivers as well.

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    England
    7/8/13
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    "A captivating look at Englands first great Queen"

    A richly detailed look at Elizabeth I with fascinating insights in to the way she ruled, managed other princes, court factions and overcame the prejudices against a female monarch.

    Although so far my favourite Alison Weir is her book on Lancaster and York, this is still a captivating listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doll house addict
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    4/7/13
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    "History through Biography"

    This enjoyable scholarly account of the life of Elizabeth I was well worth listening to, but there were often mispronunciations that grated and spoiled an other wise good narration for me.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Cooper
    7/4/16
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    "Good Queen Bess."

    Very good book and well researched, but what else would you expect of Alison Weir. We observe how Elizabeth survived her early life to become one of the strongest queens England has had.
    It did move back and forward quite a bit, but as you read this makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate Scamp
    5/27/16
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    "Alison Weir does it again!!"

    As a fan of the Tudors and History in general I enjoy listening to or reading several books of the Tudor era. Alison Weir's books draw the reader in and gives us an emotional attachment to the protagonist and the overall story. The life of Elizabeth I offers insight into the life of a woman who not only helped to change the view of women but whose story has captivated men, women and children hundreds of years later. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Davina Porter's narration is superb. Excellent book..Alison Weir has done it again!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    4/12/16
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    "Formidable Virgin Queen"

    A super book. Kept my interest to the end. I looked forward to listening. First class narration, bringing Elizabeth and her companions to life. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma Thomson
    12/29/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    I love Alison Weir, and this is the first book of hers which I have listened to on audible. I use it most when driving, running or even when trying to get to sleep

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T P Stephenson
    7/27/15
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    "informative"
    Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

    No, but I enjoyed it. Lots of information


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life of Elizabeth I?

    Her ongoing liaison with Dudley.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed all of it, such a rich book of information


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's a piece by piece book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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