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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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    Tawny M. Cleveland Chico, CA, USA 10-26-16
    Tawny M. Cleveland Chico, CA, USA 10-26-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Remarkable life story"
    Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because the narrator, Davina Porter, has a wonderful voice, bringing the life and times of Queen Elizabeth to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved her lifelong desire to love her people and to rule by what was in the best interest of the English. Amazed to find out how well she managed money.


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

    The Queen!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The virgin queen


    Any additional comments?

    Any book narrated by Davina Porter, comes alive with rich characters.

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    Brenda Sewickley, PA, USA 10-12-16
    Brenda Sewickley, PA, USA 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The best so far!"

    I've been reading about Queen Elizabeth I since I was a young adult. It was a biography on her that first made me realize that real History was so much more interesting than school has ever made it seem. It fired my interest in her father and from him to many more.

    Since then I've read many books on Elizabeth. She is one of the most interesting figures in history by far. When you realize what she had to overcome to even survive, let alone rule, and rule well, it becomes clear that she had strength and intelligence rarely found.

    I found this book to be the most complete in detail I've ever read on Elizabeth, as well as being extremely enjoyable. The story that was her life has never been covered better.

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    Julie 10-03-16
    Julie 10-03-16
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    "Transported me to the 1500's"
    What made the experience of listening to The Life of Elizabeth I the most enjoyable?

    The vivid descriptions of incidental details interested me. I like hearing how life was different so long ago, but the nature of people remain the same.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Ms. Weir has based this on research so it's likely accurate.


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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.

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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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    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.


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    Kate Searsport, ME, United States 05-28-16
    Kate Searsport, ME, United States 05-28-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    Patrice Sieler Gardena, CA USA 05-14-16
    Patrice Sieler Gardena, CA USA 05-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful history brought to life"

    I felt like I was part of the court and companion of Queen Elizabeth. Very well done.

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    Pamela Harding 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Alison Wier's best"

    drug on in places but overall enjoyable. connected well with her other Tudor writings. recommended.

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