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Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch

By: Ruth Cowen
Narrated by: Jennie Bond,Tim Piggott-Smith,Lindsay Duncan
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  • Summary

  • On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch.

    Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.

    This newly written history uses actors and eyewitness observation to bring to life the story of this most remarkable woman.

    When you add Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch to your library you will receive all 8 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

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Episodes
  • Oct 25 2017

    Elizabeth is born. Tales of early childhood. The King dies, and the Wallis Simpson crisis ensues. King George VI is crowned.

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    30 mins
  • Oct 25 2017

    July 1939: Elizabeth meets Philip, her future husband. The War Years. The Royal wedding. Charles is born.

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    32 mins
  • Oct 25 2017

    Elizabeth is crowned. Elizabeth and Philip embark on a huge tour of the Commonwealth.

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    26 mins

About the Creator

Ruth Cowen is an author, journalist, editor, and broadcaster. Her first book, Relish, about the Victorian chef Alexis Soyer, won numerous awards and was made into a sell-out play by the National Youth Theatre. A Nurse At the Front, about the great war heroine Edith Appleton, was the inspiration for the British drama series The Crimson Field. She has written many programs for BBC Radio 4 and commentated on a wide range of TV and radio shows.

About the Performer

Jennie Bond is a respected royal broadcaster and former BBC correspondent who became world famous for reporting and commentating on the Queen through many eventful years, including the Windsor Castle fire, the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana, and Diana’s subsequent death in 1997.

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Surprised me how much I enjoyed it!

I have to admit, I only picked this up because it was free on Audible and I was mildly curious. I didn't expect to really be super interested. But this is very well written, produced, and narrated. I found myself swept along in the life of an amazing and all she's experienced and had to weather. Well worth a listen if you have interest in British history and even if you don't.

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  • 09-09-21

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Good readers, and story. Background sound effects too loud and distracting, i.e. push button phone, ringing etc.

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Awesome

Very interesting audio show! I would highly recommended it to anyone interested in this subject. I have only listened to two episodes so far, and I’m already loving it

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  • Jay Laai'q
  • 03-01-18

Way better than I'd expected!

I'm not normally into Non-Fiction or biographies of any form (books or shows) but this was surprisingly interesting to listen to.

I'm only a few chapters in but I'm suddenly wondering why I disliked History so much at school! The shows go through the decades - from the 1920 - and tell you the story of how the Royals have been giving to the country throughout.

As the narrator put it, the Monarchy have to do the impossible by "appearing grander than then people, servants of the people and of the people, all at the same time".

Plus it was free so why wouldn't you at least give it a go!

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  • A. Listener
  • 04-29-18

Excellent documentary..

An excellent documentary, and considering it was free, even better. I say this as someone with only a passing interest in the monarchy.

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  • Michael
  • 02-13-19

Surprisingly good

As an Irishman born in Belfast I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It gave me a new perspective on the Royal family, especially the Queen.

Well worth a listen.

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  • David Nisbet
  • 06-07-19

Informative

A great production which revealed a lot about Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family than I knew before. Highly recommend it.

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  • Hayley Wilkinson
  • 11-12-18

Fab!

I decided to download this book as it was free and to be honest I am surprised it is free. It is a great audio with a lot of detail on the Queen and Royal Family. Very interesting facts!

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  • Mr Ashley.J.Miller
  • 05-05-19

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1* as purchased free book, never listened to, now amazon won't stop showing me audiobook related to it, amazon stop recommending stuff based on this book

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  • Mojeed62
  • 02-20-20

Succinct, clear

A simply marvellous narration that gives the listener some interesting glimpses into the modern British monarchy

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  • East end farmer
  • 02-07-20

history in the making

excellent, Jennie Bond doing what she does best as the narrator. could not stop listening

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  • Gary W.
  • 08-29-19

Brilliant!

So enjoyable! Great narrative by Tim Piggott Smith and Jenny Bond.
Well worth a listen!

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  • JanJan
  • 02-05-19

Quite Interesting

If ever anything was written with an agenda, this is it. It's quite interesting, although takes a different view from some insights into the Royal Family I've heard/seen, but it is hardly a dispassionate, objective account of the Queen's reign and family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

Easy listen

Could of been more in depth... Nothing really new here but as a 'royal tragic' I enjoyed this format. I don't think I would of purchased it but as a freebie it was quite doable.. I thought the chapter breakdowns of her life well done.

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  • David O'Callaghan
  • 04-26-20

great

I enjoyed listening to this story it is eye opening and a good listen for someone who grew up in the commonwealth I learnt some history

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-20

Really enjoyed it, lots of interesting tidbits.

The narrator and guest voices really rocked in setting the seen and making it seem a tiny bit like you are there in history.