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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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    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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    pacfinders 04-30-16
    pacfinders 04-30-16
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    "Informative"

    I really enjoyed this listen. I think because it was written from historical paper and not just "hearsay".

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    Kit Los Altos, CA United States 04-13-16
    Kit Los Altos, CA United States 04-13-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A must read!"

    I was riveted by both the story and the story telling. If you enjoy history, this is a must read!

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    Lindsey 04-12-16
    Lindsey 04-12-16
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    "Very worthwhile, paints a good portrait"
    Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

    Probably, because I'm a huge Elizabeth I nerd and I thought this book was very well done.


    What other book might you compare The Life of Elizabeth I to and why?

    Weir's book on Henry VIII was comparable, because the material is similar, but the narration on this book is better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when she died. It was lovingly done, and well researched.


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

    She Who Loved England and Herself, maybe. I don't know, that's kind of putting me on the spot.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent research, and very well read.

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    M. Krull 03-08-16
    M. Krull 03-08-16
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    "Excellent biography"

    I rarely read non-fiction, but I decided to try this book because of the reviews I read. It was an excellent portrait of a fascinating sovereign, and the narration brought to life the people and events of the time. Well worth the credit!

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    C. Kremer 02-27-16
    C. Kremer 02-27-16 Member Since 2006
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    "I really love stories about Queen Elizabeth"

    I think Davina Porter is the best narrator. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters in this story, so many names.

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    Barbara 02-16-16
    Barbara 02-16-16
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    "Not a real history"

    Elizabeth I is a fascinating figure, and this bio has some interesting details. But it dwelt excessively on flirtations, and failed to capture the enormity of her accomplishments. When she took the throne at 25, no one could have foreseen that she would defeat the most powerful foreign adversary, cement the Church of England's primacy, unite England and Scotland, and preside over a glorious flowering of literature and music. This book is more concerned with palace intrigues, and the Queen's marriage prospects. Shakespeare gets a single mention. I would have liked more emphasis on her governance and on the arts, and less gossip about who was her "favorite" at any given time. Davina Porter is, as always, wonderful.

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    Julia 02-16-16
    Julia 02-16-16 Member Since 2015

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "Nice To Meet You Queen Elizabeth I"

    Having studied History at Uni. I have always admired Queen Elizabeth I. How dark a time it must have been when this young woman took on the heavy crown. Yet she paved a way for England out of bankruptcy so that it could raise it's head again.

    Alison Weir sweeps away all that stuffy "you have to have a PHD in History" to enjoy the stories and intrigues of the Tudor age. She makes it real, so easy to understand, so very engrossing.

    As for Davina Porter.....this performer is simply superb, faultless.

    If this genre is your 'cup of tea' then you are in for a real treat.

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    Secret River 01-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic, lively, but a bit repititive"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would love to see this book better organized and edited. In this very detailed account, several themes are covered redundantly to the point of the absurd.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed this book very much, and as always, Davina Porter reads beautifully. Elizabeth was a fascinating, strong, and brilliant monarch, against very difficult odds.

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    Gustavo A Alvarez Paiva 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very complete and enjoyable"

    This is a comprehensive work. It is very enjoyable and full of acurate historical details. It is not a quick review and does not highlights the most important aspects of this period, on the contrary it goes to every small detail, sometimes irrelevant in the big picture, but helps to portray Elizabeth the person. Colonization of America is totally neglected; however, this was not very important to the English crown at that time.

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