Queens of the Conquest

Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Series: England's Medieval Queens, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This epic book brings to vivid life five powerful Norman queens, from Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, to the Empress Matilda, mother to King Henry II, founder of the Plantagenet dynasty.

The lives of England's medieval queens were packed with tragedy, betrayal, love, warfare, adultery, and mystery - but their stories are obscured by centuries of myth and prejudice against these powerful women. These Norman queens were actually more autonomous and influential than most later queens, since they actually participated in battles and led troops of their own. By joining her husband, William the Conqueror, in the battle to take control of England, Matilda of Flanders set a precedent for her female descendants to continue to ride onto the battlefield and maintain their own separate armies.

©2017 Alison Weir (P)2017 W.F. Howes

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Interesting as Always

I've read a handful of Alison Weir biographies, and she never fails to keep me engaged. Right now, I'm going through a Medieval England phase, so this book was right up my alley. She did a good job of mixing what information we do know with some speculation on her part and what legend says. My understanding is that this is meant to be part of a series, and I can't wait to read more of it.

I know another reviewer had a problem with the narrator. I didn't. I listened to the book at 1.5 speed, which might have made a difference. I didn't get distracted by the pauses.

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Narrator completely kills this book

This is a great subject and a great book, I can hardly ever put down the book or stop the audible listening to Ms Weirs books. Meanwhile this narrator chops it into chunks two or three words at a time using drama pauses upward a hundred times a chapter. Why oh why.

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I can't listen to the narrator

I'm interested in the subject and will buy the book in print form. I can't listen to this narrator because, while she has a technically lovely voice and accent, she seems to have absolutely no feel for the story or interest in it. The reading has no rhythm, and seems to lurch between fast and slow. There are abrupt pauses during which I imagine her turning a page and having absolutely no clue what the next word might possibly be because she wasn't really paying attention. I tried changing the speed in both directions through several levels and finally gave up. This is the second book she narrated that I have had to give up because the disinterested reading is just too distracting.

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Alison Weir, favorite historian.

I was reluctant to download this audio book because of previous reviews about the narrator, but I actually really enjoyed it. I think she does a great job narrating all the events and historical characters at the right pace because otherwise it could be very confusing (because all of the queens of the period are called "Matilda" at times could be hard to follow). I downloaded most of Alison Weir's books and this one did not disappoint. She is a great history teller and gives you facts in a interesting and clear way. I do recommend it!

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Well researched and engaging

Really enjoyed this look at the first queens of England. Easy to follow and enjoy

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Very thorough!!!

The content of this book was great, I own a few books by Ms. Weir and thus one doesn't disappoint!! However, I felt that the narrator was channeling her inner Captain James Kirk!! Very short and choppy narration, but the facts and stories made up for it.

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Rough going

What did you like best about Queens of the Conquest? What did you like least?

There is a lot of information about 5 queens named Mathilda, starting with the Mathilda married to William the Conqueror.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe a little less detail. This bogs down in the minutiae.

What three words best describe Julia Franklin’s voice?

She pauses at odd times, but it is not too disconcerting.

Was Queens of the Conquest worth the listening time?

I am in the middle of it, and don't think I will continue it. It does help me to go to sleep at night, though.

Any additional comments?

I love Allison Weir, but this one is hard going.

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Interesting content; irritating narrator.

This book can be somewhat slow going, with a lot of detail. However I learned a lot and am glad I finished it. The narrator’s strange, halting style was often off-putting, but I was interested enough in the history I was learning to put up with that.

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Ms. Franklin has a strange way of reading.

The book is informative. The narrator has a strange way of accenting words when they shouldn't be and putting the most unusual accents into words. It was a bit eye-rolling. But, I finished and learned a great deal.

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Great historical account

I loved the how this book presented the history of the Queen's consecutively instead of one whole history at a time. I didn't care for the voices the narrator did for male characters. They all sounded strange and gravelly. I would have rather heard them in her own voice.

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