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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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    Annie Gibson Chicago 07-12-17
    Annie Gibson Chicago 07-12-17
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    "Love the content, narrator not so much"

    I love the story of Elizabeth 1. Great book, Alison Weir is always on top of her game. The narrator I grew to enjoy, but I barely listened at parts because of how much her narration irked me. What bothered me most was how the narrator talked when reading a quote. If always felt jarring. If the content of the story wasn't so good, I would have returned the book.

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    Sarah Butler 06-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating, well told biography of Elizabeth I"

    It feels almost like listening to a novel. Fascinating characters, well organized and structured story!

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    James A. O'Donnell Dallas, Texas United States 06-25-17
    James A. O'Donnell Dallas, Texas United States 06-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "More Romance Novel Than History"
    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to six hours of this thing (fortunately at 1.5 speed) & it would be more appropriately titled "The Protracted and Extremely Boring Flirtation of Dudley and the Queen" Awful.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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    Danielle M Brown 04-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    I thought this book was very educational . I learned a lot about Elizabeth .

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    Ann Rose North Haven, CT 03-23-17
    Ann Rose North Haven, CT 03-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Davina Porter delivers once again!"

    Wonderfully written account of Elizabeth I. Factual and written in a way that is easy to follow. Highly recommend this book for those who are interested in Elizabethan England. Well researched.

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    Marko Vukosavovic 01-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "simply incredible 💯💯💯"

    this was simply an incredible woman and queen
    i have nothing but absolute respect and admiration for her, her life and everything she had accomplished
    simply wow

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