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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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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Did you know she NEVER MARRIED?"

    Read from October 06 to 31, 2013

    Narrator: 4 stars
    Book: 2.5 stars - DNF

    I've always been fascinated by Queen Elizabeth I, and after reading Alison Weir's novelization (to use the term loosely) of Elizabeth's pre-reign life (The Lady Elizabeth), I wanted to experience her take on Elizabeth from the perspective of a historian rather than a novelist, since she seems to not only be a great researcher, but also not someone with an obvious bias for or against this queen.

    Unfortunately, there was something I'd forgotten from the other works of Weir's that I've read: her tendency to get stuck on a "theme" and repeat it repetitively continuously redundantly throughout her books, bringing the same thing up over and over repetitiously. Did I mention she tends to repeat herself time and time again?

    This is a 24-hour long audiobook (and Davina Porter does an excellent job bringing life to what could have been dull non-fiction in another's less-capable hands), and the first 18 or so hours of it focus on the fact that ELIZABETH WASN'T MARRIED and played around with the idea a couple of times but never actually got married. Did I mention that everyone wanted Elizabeth to get married, but she didn't really want to? Oh, and she spent all her time with Robert Dudley, not to mention the fact that she was an emotional basketcase and screamed and yelled at people when she didn't get her way or when they reminded her she wasn't married or told her she should get married or presented an idea of whom she could marry to her. Oh, and did I mention SHE WASN'T MARRIED? Because obviously, this was the absolute most vital, important part of her reign that Weir spent about 75% of the book focused on the fact that ELIZABETH WASN'T MARRIED.

    By the time I finally gave up trying to force myself to finish this book and moved on to something else, I'd learned one very important thing:

    ALISON WEIR WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE ALL KNEW THAT ELIZABETH WASN'T MARRIED.

    Oh, and apparently she couldn't do anything without Robert Dudley, either. They fought and she sent him away, but then she had to have him back because she couldn't "do" without him for very long. But she wouldn't marry him.

    And if there was anything international to do, it was only because ELIZABETH WASN'T MARRIED and she might be looking abroad for someone to marry.

    So, all that to say that this probably wasn't the best bio of Queen Elizabeth I for me to read. Because, actually, I already knew that Elizabeth WASN'T MARRIED and NEVER MARRIED. (Except, possibly, David Tennant's version of Doctor Who---but that's another story.)

    37 of 49 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 10-12-16
    Brenda 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.

    1 of 1 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
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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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    Snow White 05-17-17
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    "Gross"

    The performers breathing and swallowing during her pauses was really gross. The historical events are interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SweetyGirl42 Allentown, PA, United States 05-03-17
    SweetyGirl42 Allentown, PA, United States 05-03-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Book for a serious historian"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am an amateur historian of the period and I was bored to tears. I know I retained the gist of the book and some facts, but for the most part, I listened to this more as a background than something I was paying close attention to. And I forced myself to listen to the entire book. Alison Weir did her job...she presented comprehensive material on Elizabeth I. It is highly factual with little insight into the Queen herself. It wasn't what I wanted...but it was a thorough history of Elizabeth I.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alison Weir? Why or why not?

    The jury is out on that one.


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

    Not really a character book.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Moorehouse 04-29-17

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    "Outstanding coverage!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--I always wanted to know everything possible about Elizabeth 1st. Alison Weir has digested truck-loads of information and has made it interesting, compelling, comprehensible.


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

    I especially enjoyed the various crushes she got on the young men in her court, including Sir Francis Drake. Fascinating.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter is a joy to listen to. She is gifted at articulating all the dialog and creating a believable Scottish burr. I would listen to everything she's recorded.


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

    I couldn't possibly have listened to 23 hours in a single sitting, but I had a long knitting project to complete, with a deadline, and this book kept me at it, with ease.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke L. Morris 04-19-17

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    "Alison Weir makes you love Elizabeth I"

    Beautifully read biography of one of the most interesting people in history. I plan to read all of Alison Weir's non-fiction works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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