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    • To the Scaffold

    • The Life of Marie Antoinette
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    To this day Marie Antoinette remains one of history’s most misunderstood heroines. How she triumphed over the petty jealousies and backstairs rivalries of the court, how she sustained a good-hearted but malleable king, and how she was transformed from French queen to Austrian “whore,” is the story told with skill and fascinating detail.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • To the Scaffold

    • By nancy ann on 12-11-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Great Catherine

    • The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 316

    Prize-winning historian and biographer, Carolly Erickson has created an eminently readable biography that recognizes the humanity of Great Catherine—Empress of Russia—with her majesty and immense capability. Dispelling some of the myths surrounding her voracious sexual appetite, the biographer portrays Catherine as a lonely woman far ahead of her time—achieving greatness in an era when women were executed on a husband’s whim.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a woman. Sad to reach the end. Well read.

    • By Cheryl on 04-01-13

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Memoirs of Mary, Queen of Scots

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Rebekah Germain
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    Born Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne. A second marriage to her handsome but dissolute cousin Lord Darnley ended in murder and scandal, while a third marriage to the dashing, commanding Lord Bothwell, the love of her life, gave her joy but widened the scandal and surrounded her with enduring ill repute.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Fiction being the key word

    • By Bonnie-Ann B on 09-25-09

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Bloody Mary

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Corrie James
    • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    Here is the tragic, stormy life of Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Her story is a chronicle of courage and faith, betrayal and treachery - set amidst the splendor, pageantry, squalor, and intrigue of 16th-century Europe. The history of Mary Tudor is an improbable blend of triumph, humiliation, heartbreak, and devotion - and Ms. Erickson recounts it all against the turbulent background of European politics, war, and religious strife of the mid-1500s.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good history

    • By A. Barrios on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $34.94

    • The Favored Queen

    • A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 65

    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • More Fiction than History

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Our Tempestuous Day

    • A History of Regency England
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    The tumult and opulence of England’s Regency era burst from the pages in this work of literary nonfiction by acclaimed author Carolly Erickson. When dementia forces King George III to vacate his throne, the kingdom slips into a decade marked with excess, scandal, and riots. King George has suffered bouts of mental instability before, but in 1810 he shows no signs of recovering. Public and government business halts as word of his condition leaks out. Hoping to control the crisis, Parliament appoints the king’s unpopular son Prince George IV as Regent or caretaker.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting History of Regency Period

    • By EJJ on 08-01-14

    Regular price: $20.26

    • Mistress Anne

    • The Exceptional Life of Anne Boleyn
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    A powerful ruler, an alluring young woman, a scandal that would rock the nation: Anne Boleyn’s life story sounds more like a juicy TV docu-drama than a chapter of English history. Although she is not of noble birth or even especially beautiful, Anne Boleyn manages to rise to the very pinnacle of the English aristocracy. Renowned for her extraordinarily vivid recreations of historical events, Carolly Erickson brings out the full fascinating story of the enigmatic Anne Boleyn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and enlightening

    • By L Mann on 03-16-17

    Regular price: $20.72

    • The First Elizabeth

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Elizabeth was not just Queen, she was ruler. In an age of male supremacy she, by sheer force of character, became not only the unchallenged leader of the English but also the first leader of an empire upon which the sun never set. Erickson’s biography tells the truth about this extraordinary woman and profiles some amazing people - their personalities and culture.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story bad narrator

    • By B. Lemelin on 04-13-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • A Brief History of Brief Lives of the English Monarchs

    • Brief Histories
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Often the colourful kings and queens of England seem like mere caricature, while less familiar rulers like William IV or Henry VI have faded into the shadows of history. Carolly Erickson's sensitive and revealing portrayals bring new life to the big names, and light up some of our most neglected but intriguing royals. Here is the puny Charles I, nervous, tense and socially awkward, the frail slight Richard II, melancholic and sad, and the homosexual James I with his handsome favourites.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting and some fresh info

    • By Alexis on 11-04-13

    Regular price: $20.72

    • The Unfaithful Queen

    • A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye - but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men. Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her - only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Interesting Perspective

    • By Layla Mabbitt on 05-27-16

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The First Elizabeth

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe. With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of tapestries, and even the close, perfumed air of castle rooms. Erickson demonstrates her extraordinary ability to discern and bring to life psychological and physical reality.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well Researched Book

    • By Force Projection on 03-13-15

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Great Harry

    • The Extravagant Life of Henry VIII
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    In lively, absorbing prose that rivals the finest literary fiction, prize-winning historian Carolly Erickson recreates the life of the notorious Tudor king, Henry VIII. In his youth as a charming national hero, his reign as a monstrous king, and his final days as a tottering old man, Erickson draws a thoroughly convincing portrait of one of English history’s most notorious characters.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting/ intriguing history of Henry VIII

    • By Terri on 02-11-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Josephine

    • A Life of the Empress
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Popular biographer Carolly Erickson creates intimate and richly detailed portraits of her historical subjects. In this book she offers a provocative new perspective on Josephine and her fabled marriage to Napoleon.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A little long winded and not so interesting......

    • By Andrews on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 241
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun historical fiction

    • By Heidi on 01-11-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Bonnie Prince Charlie

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Acclaimed biographer Carolly Erickson brings history vibrantly to life with her powerful flesh-and-blood portrait of Charles Stuart, the Young Pretender to the British throne. Courageously attempting to conquer England, this significant figure in Scottish history divides the troubled British kingdom and disturbs decadent monarchies throughout the entire European continent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Long live Charles III

    • By Mitchell Guthrie on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

    • A Novel
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • quick and easy historical fiction

    • By DarthVal on 10-12-15

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Her Little Majesty

    • The Life of Queen Victoria
    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    Her Little Majesty is a fresh and fascinating portrait of the diminutive monarch who ruled the vast British empire for over 60 years. Award-winning biographer and historian, Carolly Erickson, transports you behind the walls of Buckingham Palace to introduce you to the quirky, loveable Queen Victoria—revealed only to her closest associates. Emotionally deprived, inadequately educated, and socially isolated for much of her life, young Victoria felt ill-prepared to ascend the throne.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An ok historical biography

    • By E Dulaney on 03-12-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Josephine

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: S. Patricia Bailey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    Josephine's life story was as turbulent as the age, an era of revolution and social upheaval, of the guillotine and of frenzied hedonism. With telling psychological depth and compelling literary grace, Carolly Erickson brings the complex, charming, ever resilient Josephine to life in this memorable portrait, one that carries the reader from the sensual richness of her childhood in the tropics to her final lonely days at Malmaison.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By David P. McGivern on 03-07-08

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Rival to the Queen

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Powerful, dramatic, and full of the rich history that has made Carolly Erickson’s novels perennial bestsellers, this is the story of the only woman to ever stand up to the Virgin Queen: her own cousin, Lettie Knollys. Far more attractive than the queen, Lettie soon won the attention of the handsome and ambitious Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, a man so enamored of the queen and determined to share her throne that it was rumored he had murdered his own wife in order to become her royal consort.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Much better than expected.

    • By Polish Princess on 12-07-11

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Tsarina's Daughter

    • By: Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in rural western America in the 1980s. What neighbors and even her children don't know is that she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. The Tsarina's Daughter centers around young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family's private enclave outside the capital.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A touch too childish for the adult reader. Slow.

    • By Greta on 04-04-12

    Regular price: $20.72

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