S. J. Henderson

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  • Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni

  • The Legendary Women of World History, Book 1
  • By: Laurel A. Rockefeller
  • Narrated by: Richard Mann
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain - until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal decent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever. Rise up for liberty with the true story of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni and discover one of the most inspiring stories in history!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BOUDICCA: Beautiful, Dramatic, a Must Listen

  • By Teresa on 05-22-15

Powerful story!

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Reviewed: 11-25-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version of this story, so I cannot compare the audio edition to the print. Although I enjoyed the audiobook, I kept wishing I had the print version, as well, so I could better follow the story--especially when it wandered into politics and territories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni?

I particularly enjoyed the exchanges between Boudicca and Prasutagus at their first meeting, when he asks to court her. I'm a bit of a romantic and not as interested in politics, and I thought that inclusions was a good way to connect with listeners/readers such as myself.

What about Richard Mann’s performance did you like?

Richard Mann's voice is soothing and expressive. He was a great selection for narrator. I could listen to him read the phone book.

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

The whole story was very moving and tragic, but Prasutagus' death and then the ending with Boudicca and her children were powerful.

Any additional comments?

Prior to listening to this book, I wasn't familiar with the history of Boudicca. The author did a great job presenting the story, in all of its tragedy, accurately while being mindful of younger audiences. Some references to women being slaves in the bedchambers, a mention of "rape", and "whoring", so it may be best suited to older middle grade children.

A lot of reference was made to gods and goddesses and religions I'm not familiar with, as well as political stances and territories. I found myself struggling to keep some of those details straight, at times, and had to rewind the recording to listen again. Some of those details may not have been overload or unnecessary, but I realize this may be personal preference as this is not usually the genre I read.

Overall, strong story and I'm thankful to have been given a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

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