Elizabeth of York

A Tudor Queen and Her World
Narrated by: Maggie Mash
Length: 22 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (428 ratings)

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Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.

Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers - the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle, Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared bastards. As Richard's wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, knowing that most people believed her to be England's rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth's possible role in this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth's subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry's firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort - pious and generous - who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered by her son, the future King Henry VIII.

©2013 Alison Weir (P)2013 W. F. Howes

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Grating Narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story might be OK if it were not for the bad narration or for someone who enjoys fake accents. The narrator uses a slow and grating fake accent for any quote. My husband couldn't even stand listening as I listened.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggie Mash’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elizabeth of York?

I would have had her read the quotes in her normal narration.

Any additional comments?

I will probably borrow this book from the library and read it, but I did feel like the book was more about those around Elizabeth of York and not her. I bought it because I wanted to know about her story instead of the stories of those around her. I only got through the first few hours of this book due to the performance (I kept hoping it would stop bothering me, but the speed and accent used for quotes was horrible), so I'll give the real book a shot. I only wish I could return this, but I started listening too long after I purchased it.

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NARRATOR SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO OWN VOICE !!!

This book was very hard to listen to because the narrator tried to do men's voices and foreign accents made it very difficult to listen to had .Had she read it in her own voice and not attempted these accents and men's low voices it would have been much better I will look to see ifshe reads other books and avoid

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Horrid narration ruins a good book!

What made the experience of listening to Elizabeth of York the most enjoyable?

Could barely get through it. If she stayed to her own voice, it would have made it a much more enjoyable process.

What did you like best about this story?

The writer's different historical approach to the story is what I liked best.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggie Mash’s performances?

I will never listen to another one of Maggie Mesh's performances ever again.

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

There was no way I could listen to this in all one sitting. This was small doses only.

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What is with the weird accent?

Another great Weir story, but the second book to be blighted by the narrators odd choice to give characters this really odd accent. It's narrated in a nice "universal" British English, but the narrator differentiate between the story teller and voices from poetry and other sources by applying an annoying Slavic sounding accent. I was wondering if this is an attempt to give it a truer medieval sound, but since we likely have no idea how people actually spoke the English language at its earliest, it just comes across as weird. If this is an attempt at authenticity, it probably should have been explained in the foreword, because otherwise the reader is just left wondering 'what the heck' every time narrator jumps into this alternative voice? it's really distracting.

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Good and bad

Great content! Very good book. Did not like the reader's attempt to sound male or foreign when quoting. Creepy and distracting.

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Review of Elizabeth of York

I didn't like the "voices" the narrator used throughout. It would have been far more enjoyable had she just read it in her own voice.

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horrible narration ruins information

I was very interested to hear Elizabeth's story. I really was. The information is good. the story might be good, but the narration with her horrible accents, has Ruined it for me . its a pity

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I am so sorry about this one ......

What would have made Elizabeth of York better?

A better narrator. A better storyteller.

What was most disappointing about Alison Weir’s story?

Alison manages to make an exciting period of history dreadfully boring. She quotes passages from the old historians, More, Polydor Virgil and many others, but is unable to construct a story from it. She could write a history book, but cannot write a story that makes your feel as though you are there or care. Margaret George Autobiograohy of Henry VIII ot Pool's E. Rex.. Tudor England's Young King. These are stories well told of the Tudor period. Elizabeth of York by Weir is painful! is painful.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Maggie Mash?

Who made this narrator change her voice into a medieval zombie for every quote. Disasterous.

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Interesting, thorough

I really enjoyed this story. The author was clearly very thorough in their research and there was a lot of detail that helped bring the era to life.

However, the narrator did a poor job on all the accents she tried to incorporate, which was distracting. It would have been better if she had just used her own regular voice. And the information about how much things cost was interesting and provided good context, but hearing “...the equivalent of xxx pounds today” was annoying and distracting-it really interrupted the flow of the reading. It would have been sufficient for their to be a footnote about the value of a pound being roughly 4-500 times what it is today, and some explanation about the value of ducats, shillings etc. would have been more useful and saved about half an hour.

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A Thoroughbred through and through!!

When the listener learns to navigate the murky past there emerges through the mist a shining icon in the Tudor mythos. ELIZABETH OF YORK

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