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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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    Irene 08-05-15
    Irene 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Am I hearing things?"

    I enjoyed the history of the book, but I felt that several events kept repeating themselves, which got a little tedious to hear. Also, the narrator was not my favorite. There were many times I heard her swallowing, rustling, and other people coughing in the background of the audio. It got annoying. I wasn't a huge fan of her impressions, as she never seemed to keep the same one for Elizabeth.

    4 of 4 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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeanette saxon 07-12-15
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    "Not the biography I was looking for"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I unfortunately overlooked that this is a 'personal' biography, i.e., the author provides nothing you cannot find in her fiction, which I already listened to. If you are interested in the impact Elizabeth had on world, rather than court gossip, find a different book.


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    Amazon Customer 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Majestic!"

    Loved it! Highly informative, excellent narration, loads and loads of sources cited! I heartily recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to get a firm grasp on the reign of England's most famous queen.

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    Bradley Justice 09-26-17
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    "Way too much time on courtship and succession"

    The author is thorough, in my opinion, too thorough on Elizabeth's courtship and potential successors. Seriously. 12+ hours of the 24 hour audio book are dedicated to it. If you want that level of depth, this is for you. If not, I'd find a shorter book.

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    peter 09-05-17
    peter 09-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots to like but still a bit dense. "

    I would have probably given this a 5 if not for the stretches where it became a bit difficult to care about what was happening. But this is a history of a royal court, and your experience will vary depending on how much interest you have in the rises and falls of a succession of court favorites, and how compelling you find a personal quarrel between queen and courtier the nth time it happens. But this book did a remarkable job of telling this story thoroughly without ever really losing me. There were bits I stuck with just based on the strength of the best bits, but this is always the way of histories, for me at least. Weir sets up her book so well, painting a compelling picture of Elisabeth that frames all the political games and courtly fuss with this character it is hard not to be fascinated with. What a remarkable person Elisabeth must have been, and what a mark she left. Davina Porter was a great choice for this. I loved her Mists Of Avalon and was delighted to listen to her read this one. It seemed she did falter occasionally, an intonation or emphasis off now and then but with a hefty tome like this I would expect it. In any case it didn't detract significantly from the experience.

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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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    7/8/13
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    "A captivating look at Englands first great Queen"

    A richly detailed look at Elizabeth I with fascinating insights in to the way she ruled, managed other princes, court factions and overcame the prejudices against a female monarch.

    Although so far my favourite Alison Weir is her book on Lancaster and York, this is still a captivating listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma Thomson
    12/29/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    I love Alison Weir, and this is the first book of hers which I have listened to on audible. I use it most when driving, running or even when trying to get to sleep

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doll house addict
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    4/7/13
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    "History through Biography"

    This enjoyable scholarly account of the life of Elizabeth I was well worth listening to, but there were often mispronunciations that grated and spoiled an other wise good narration for me.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grammy
    10/20/17
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    "Excellent!"

    Excellent. Enlightening. Educating. None better than Alison Weir for bringing together all the disparate details, facts, elements and learned conjecture which gives a complete and marvellously thrilling picture of this strand of our history so poorly allowed us in my schooldays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    6/13/17
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    "Queen Bess was girl power before it was invented!"
    Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

    Absolutely, I am crazy about history especially the Tudors etc


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bess of course !


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    enjoyed all of it but I love the way she wouldn't bow down to the pressures of marriage or religion.


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

    many bits and bobs


    Any additional comments?

    the narrator Davina Porter is OUTSTANDING! I have listened to her read all of the outlander books. by far my favourite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate Scamp
    5/27/16
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    "Alison Weir does it again!!"

    As a fan of the Tudors and History in general I enjoy listening to or reading several books of the Tudor era. Alison Weir's books draw the reader in and gives us an emotional attachment to the protagonist and the overall story. The life of Elizabeth I offers insight into the life of a woman who not only helped to change the view of women but whose story has captivated men, women and children hundreds of years later. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Davina Porter's narration is superb. Excellent book..Alison Weir has done it again!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    4/12/16
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    "Formidable Virgin Queen"

    A super book. Kept my interest to the end. I looked forward to listening. First class narration, bringing Elizabeth and her companions to life. I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T P Stephenson
    7/27/15
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    "informative"
    Would you listen to The Life of Elizabeth I again? Why?

    No, but I enjoyed it. Lots of information


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

    Her ongoing liaison with Dudley.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed all of it, such a rich book of information


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

    No, it's a piece by piece book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Cooper
    7/4/16
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    "Good Queen Bess."

    Very good book and well researched, but what else would you expect of Alison Weir. We observe how Elizabeth survived her early life to become one of the strongest queens England has had.
    It did move back and forward quite a bit, but as you read this makes sense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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