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Born in the midst of the Wars of the Roses, Margaret Beaufort became the greatest heiress of her time. She survived a turbulent life, marrying four times and enduring imprisonment before passing her claim to the crown of England to her son, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor monarchs.

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Awful Recording

I have the actual book. I'll just read it when I have time. This woman's voice is awful and it sounds like she recorded this in her bathroom! I can't stand listening!

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Good story about a questionable woman

Maybe every woman up until recent history was questionable, but the War of the Rose's produced some females that were more ruthless than the men. The author didn't change my opinion that Margaret Beaufort ranked with Margaret of Anjou as a she-devil, but i do think that Margaret Beaufort was smarter. There is new and entertaining information in this but the narration is a little off, but not badly

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  • Joanne
  • MONTGOMERY, MN, United States
  • 01-05-18

Love those Crazy Tudors

Would you consider the audio edition of Margaret Beaufort to be better than the print version?

I personally enjoy holding and reading a book to listening to it. That said, I have very little time actually sit down and read but AM on the road a lot. For this reason audiobooks are a GODSEND!!!

What other book might you compare Margaret Beaufort to and why?

I would say that books in this same venue would be similar to The White Queen or the Red Queen. However, those are not completely based in historical fact. It is my understanding that this book is, and perhaps one of the reasons I liked it so much is that it was still written in a way that did not feel like I was reading out of a textbook.

Which character – as performed by Debra Burton – was your favorite?

Most of the book, if not all, was from Margaret's point of view so this question does not really apply.

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

Learning more about the live of Margaret before the birth of her son was the most interesting. You get a better feel for how difficult life was for her, and women in general, and just how much she went through even before the birth of Henry the VII.

Any additional comments?

I would strongly recommend this book!

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Poor quality performance and rushed narrative

The reading of this was of such low quality. Very unprofessional. The biography itself was rushed. so much more about Margaret could have been expanded upon. This book just rushed through her life without going in depth.

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  • Lynn
  • Orting, WA, United States
  • 09-28-17

Facts are fascinating.

Facts are fascinating. quality med, slightly echoy?. reader a bit too fast. Allso includes back story to White Queen series on Starz. Really enjoyed it once I started to recognize characters. All the names and titles can be a bit overwhelming to a novice English history reader.

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  • Miss
  • 11-22-14

Amateur production, gave up listening to it.

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Norton or narrated by Debra Burton?

I would try another book written by Elizabeth Norton but I would not listen to another book narrated by Debra Burton.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Norton? Why or why not?

Yes. It was not the content that was irritating, just the production of the audiobook and narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Debra fudged and tripped over her words (these mistakes were left in!). She sounded like she was talking into a cassette tape machine in the bathroom (I could have done that for free). Her voice inflections and word emphasis was out of sync with the content of the story therefore it was unpleasing and difficult to listen to and absorb anything she was saying.

Was Margaret Beaufort worth the listening time?

The subject matter is very interesting and Elizabeth Norton's story may have been worth listening to, but the production irritated me so much I could not get to the end. I will have to read her book instead of listen to it.

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It is a shame the story was let down by such an amateur production and narration.

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  • Gaby
  • 04-03-17

Frustrating listen

This is a period I know well and wanted to learn more about the title character. The blurb was promising, the reading of it, appalling. Constant stumbling over words, emphasis on wrong words, sentences didn't flow, mis-pronunciations, general lack of fluency and energy. Reminded me of a poor reader in school, just saying the words, not reading them for pleasure. Quality of sound was abysmal. I thought there was something wrong with my sound system but no, just a job done on the cheap. Have ordered the book to read myself and returned the audio version.

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  • knitter
  • 03-23-18

oh dear!

the subject is fastinating. Margret Beaufort is one of the most interesting women in British history and one of the least known. Unfortunatly this biography is rather academic in nature with long passages of original medevil language, The narrator could also have been better, she appears to have a throat problem and struggles with her pronunciation.