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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

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“A riveting portrait of the queen and how the private woman won her public role.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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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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    Eugenia Bone 12-30-16
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    "Couldn't Stand the Narration"

    I love this author. I love this history. I would have completely LOVED this book... but, I'm sorry to say, that I HATED the narration. Perhaps a different book would be more suited. I hate to say I don't like someone's performance... but I honestly could not even finish listening and just downloaded the print edition instead. Her voice is too dry for such a historical text in my opinion. Simon Prebble brought life to the wives of Henry VIII and I couldn't wait to start on this book next.... so sorely disappointed. For as much as I enjoyed the narration of that book, I disliked the narration of this book substantially more.

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    bet nyc, usa 12-07-16
    bet nyc, usa 12-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Will she or won't she marry?"
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    What a disappointment! Listening to this book would leave one to believe that Elizabeth I was one of the most one dimensional and uninteresting monarchs in history. Literally - hours could have been edited out of this work that focus solely on the question of will she or won't she marry! It's so dry in the telling...Sahara dry! It was a real slog to get through. Such an interesting time in history reduced to the banal. Weir is so focused on facts there is no story - the best stories are usually true! Why didn't she let fly with the colorful people, pirates, wars, economy, etc? I'm by no means suggesting she color in the details, she didn't need to, good telling would have done it easily for her. This Elizabeth I is a card board cut out...not brought to life at all. It was like sitting through a class taught by the the kind of history professor that causes your eyes to water with the struggle of keeping them open. Where there is so much focus on dates on facts the life's breath of the people are sucked out and wasted in pedantic verbiage. A little insight into the nature and motivations of these people and time would have gone a long way....

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    David 11-22-16
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    "Quite a life!"

    Great book. It was sometimes difficult to keep track of people as they were given new titles. I wasn't sure if the book was completely chronological or not.

    The narrator was great. She used different voices when quoting people.

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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 11-06-16
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 11-06-16 Member Since 2007

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    "A Bit Disappointing for Tudor Enthusiasts"

    I read "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" by the same author and enjoyed it, so I bought this book, being an admirer of Elizabeth I. The book is well-written, and Davina Porter is, as always, a superb narrator. But this biography doesn't bring much new to light about the life of Elizabeth I. An inordinate amount of time was spent in minute examination of Elizabeth's many offers of marriage and presumed dalliances (Weir concludes that Elizabeth was actually afraid of marriage and sex and really was a virgin queen--technically). Most of these marriage proposals were just red herrings and had no real impact on the politics or events in England at the time. I was hoping for more about Elizabeth's erudition, her impact on English law, her religious tolerance, her brutal incursions into Ireland, etc., but while these things were touched on, not enough was said about them. In fact, I thought the book focused on things that, had she been a man, would barely have been mentioned: marriage proposals and boyfriends.

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    Rahni 11-04-16
    Rahni 11-04-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Well-researched and well-read"

    Alison Weir wrote an extremely well-researched and well-written book, I just wasn't as interested in Elizabeth's life (or in the parts she focused on) as much as I hoped I would be. I ended up speeding up the narration pace to get me through the interminable chapters about the many, many, many, many times Elizabeth feints towards marriage, then backs away (so many hours of my life!). If I could have read the book without those chapters, I think I'd have enjoyed it quite a bit more. Part of the trouble of listening with an audiobook is that if the author includes any timelines or family trees, you-obviously-miss out on those tools. (Did she include these in the book? I don't know, but that would have really helped keep everything straight. I found myself constantly wondering how old the queen was at this particular point, who was ruling whichever other country, etc.)

    I wish the author had focused a bit more on how the realm as a whole was doing, more of what place England held in the world, the differences between how she found it and how she left it, etc., but that is my personal preference. The details included were authentic and amazing. Having grown up in a country where the leadership election process is so ingrained, I couldn't believe that the question of succession was left to the bitter end! I completely understood the frustration of her courtiers, and also worried what effect such a pervasive feeling of uncertainty would have on the people. The author really helped also open my eyes towards the opinion that perhaps naming a successor would produce even worse results for the unity of the realm.

    Well done, but not focused on what I find interesting. I found the biography of Catherine the Great (by Robert K. Massie) much more to my liking, mostly due to the deeper historical context.

    The narrator was fantastic, as promised by all the reviews I read prior to listening to this book.

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    Scrushy 10-03-16
    Scrushy 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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