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    • Mary Queen of Scots

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head. Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, rape, and even murder. Here is her story, a queen who lost a throne for love, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Shockingly disingenuous.

    • By Jade Rain on 08-14-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Marie Antoinette

    • The Journey
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 376
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231

    France's iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake", was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Detailed

    • By Karen on 07-19-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Love and Louis XIV

    • The Women in the Life of the Sun King
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 123

    The self-proclaimed Sun King, Louis XIV, ruled over the most glorious and extravagant court in 17th-century Europe. Now, Antonia Fraser goes behind the well-known tales of Louis' accomplishments and follies, exploring in riveting detail his intimate relationships with women.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By Louise on 04-27-08

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The King and the Catholics

    • England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780-1829
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    From beloved historian Antonia Fraser comes the dramatic story of how Catholics in the UK won back their rights after two centuries of official discrimination. The King and the Catholics is a gripping, character-driven example of narrative history at its best. It is also a distant mirror of our own times, reflecting the dire consequences of state-sanctioned intolerance and showing how collective action and the political process can triumph over wrongheaded legislation. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Peaceful Revolution. How it was done.

    • By Albert C Reichelt on 10-16-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

    • By: edited by Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
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      4 out of 5 stars 87

    The former King of England, Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle, near Gloucester, England. In 1326, Edward's wife, Isabella of France, led an invasion against her husband. The following year, Edward was made to renounce the throne in favor of his son Edward. This was the first time that a king of England had been dethroned since Ethelred in 1013.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent introduction of British History

    • By Ian on 04-15-07

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Love and Louis XIV

    • The Women in the Life of the Sun King
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Antonia Fraser vividly portrays the vast edifice of Louis XIV's court between the years 1643 and 1715. Brilliantly exploring the rich dynamic that existed between Louis XIV and the many fascinating women who ornamented his personal life, Fraser examines not only Louis' mistresses, but also the wider story of his relationships with women in general.

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Must You Go?

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter and critically acclaimed biographer Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later, on Christmas Eve 2008. Must You Go? is an eccentric, hilarious, and often moving testimony of their life together, based partly on Antonia Fraser's own diaries and also her own recollections of their fascinating life together. It is, above all, a compelling love story.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good writing; bad narration

    • By Catherine on 11-07-10

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Perilous Question

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Perilous Question features an eventful, violent often overlooked period of British history. On 7th June 1832, William IV reluctantly assented to pass the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and of revolution throughout the country. This led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings dramatically to life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, interesting

    • By D. Littman on 08-24-13

    Regular price: $18.97

    • The Gunpowder Plot

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    With a narrative that grips the reader like a detective story, Antonia Fraser brings the characters and events of the Gunpowder Plot to life. Dramatically recreating the conditions and motives that surrounded the fateful night of November 5th 1605, she unravels the tangled web of religion and politics that spawned the plot.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What was "The Gunpowder Plot" all about?

    • By Judith on 01-17-12

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Marie Antoinette

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
    • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 10/10, will read again.

    • By Michelle on 10-26-16

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Antonia Fraser deals with each woman in turn with sympathy - the sympathy they deserve for having had the unenviable fate of being Henry's wife. Inevitably, there was great rivalry between them; there was jealousy too: the desperate jealousy of queens who found themselves abandoned, but also the sexual jealousy of the king who discovered himself betrayed. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling. This is historical biography at its best.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully read and very interesting

    • By Patricia on 02-13-07

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Love and Louis XIV

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    This audiobook centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women. Naturally dividing into five parts, it concentrates on the King's mother, Anne of Austria; his first important mistress, Louise de la Valliere; Athenais Marquise de Montespan, who acted as unofficial Queen of Versailles; Marie Therese, his wife, of course; and Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Insightful and enjoyable

    • By Michelle on 11-09-16

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Mary Queen of Scots

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    More than 400 years after her death, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Antonia Fraser's classic biography of her won the James Tait Prize when it was first published in 1969. It became an international best-seller and was translated into nine languages.

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Marie Antoinette

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable history

    • By sandra on 05-25-15

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Must You Go?

    • My Life with Harold Pinter
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
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    The subtitle of this wonderful memoir declares its contents: this is 'my life with Harold Pinter', not Lady Antonia Fraser's complete life, and certainly not his. In essence, this is a love story and as with many love stories, the beginning and the end, the first light and the twilight, are dealt with more fully than the high noon in between. The result is a marvellously insightful testimony to modern literature's most celebrated marriage.

    Regular price: $11.18

    • The King and the Catholics

    • The Fight for Rights 1829
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The story of Catholic Emancipation begins with the Anti-Catholic Gordon Riots in 1780, fuelled by a reduction in Penal Laws against Catholics harking back to the 16th century. Fifty years later, the passing of the Emancipation Bill was hailed as a 'bloodless revolution'. Yet, had the Irish Catholics been a 'millstone', or were they the prime movers? 

    Regular price: $18.54

    • My History

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Antonia Fraser's memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child when her evacuation at the beginning of the war to an Elizabethan manor house became an inspiration for historical imaginings - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, 'for me, the study of History has always been an essential part of the enjoyment of life'.

    Regular price: $22.79

    • Perilous Question

    • The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
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    Internationally best-selling historian Antonia Fraser's new book brilliantly evokes one year of pre-Victorian political and social history - the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832. For our inconclusive times, there is an attractive resonance with 1832, with its "rotten boroughs" of Old Sarum and the disappearing village of Dunwich, and its lines of most resistance to reform.

    Regular price: $19.62