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Publisher's Summary

From the storytelling magic of Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a modern retelling of the drama and intrigue surrounding the 16th-century Queen Elizabeth.

Instead of England, the throne is the business empire of the Deravenels. And this Elizabeth is the most powerful managing director in its history. Surrounded by rumors and betrayal, Elizabeth Deravenel must steer her company clear of takeovers, and at the same time keep her heart from being broken as scandal surrounds the one man she's ever loved.

It's Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best.

©2008 Barbara Taylor Bradford; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Not much "substance"

If you're looking for the Barbara Taylor Bradford of "A Woman of Substance", you won't find her here. "Being Elizabeth" doesn't have the same character development or passion as previous novels. It was just OK. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never did.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna
  • Renton, WA, United States
  • 08-08-10

loved it

I loved the series but this was a little slower than book one. Over all I did NOT like the way murders kept happening but the story never finished with who or why. I hate that. I want to know who-done-It!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Jeannette, PA, USA
  • 09-24-08

Drivel

Boring and slow. Barbara Taylor Bradford can do so much better than this!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • 10-23-10

A fascinating twist.

The concept of taking a period of history is not unknown, but setting the historical characters in a modern setting is perhaps not as well known. Barbara Taylor Bradford excels herself in this book.I have not enjoyed a book so much in a long time. Knowing the period in history she used and being very fond of that period myself I was a bit apprehensive however I needn't have worried.Ms Bradford worked the story so well, that you forgot about the historical character and became more interested and caught up with the modern day ones. I can't praise the reader high enough, she made it come alive for me. Yes, congratulations all round!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • kathryn
  • 07-10-13

Ok but terrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narration of this story turns it from being ok though nowhere near as good as the other Ravenscar books to a dreary listen. Don't bother with it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Taylor Bradford again?

Yes perhaps

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

Anyone

Was Being Elizabeth worth the listening time?

No

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  • Susan
  • 03-22-12

dissapointing

After reading the 2 other reviews i downloaded with anticipation...Sorry it was slow , and boring and a waste of a credit .

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  • Louise Hartgen
  • 02-25-11

I Felt I Was Elizabeth.

This was Barbara Taylor Bradford at her best, and with a twist. When I read about this book I didn't think I'd like it, but I was captivated from the first paragraph. The story is fast-paced and well-told, I really love the opulent elegance of Taylor Bradford's world. The naration was flawless, and brought the book to life. This woman, Elizabeth Turner, was about as far removed from me as a woman can be, and yet I was able to see inside her. For a glorious 13 hours or so, I really felt I was Elizabeth! Now that is what a good book is all about!

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  • rhianna
  • 04-18-16

Boring

What would have made Being Elizabeth better?

This book is boring , its slow and goes nowhere does nothing to keep you interested.