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    • The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots

    • Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    This is the story of two women struggling for supremacy in a man's world, when no one thought a woman could govern. They both had to negotiate with men - those who wanted their power and those who wanted their bodies - who were determined to best them. In their worlds, female friendship and alliances were unheard of, but for many years theirs was the only friendship that endured. They were as fascinated by each other as lovers; until they became enemies. Enemies so angry and broken that one of them had to die, and so Elizabeth ordered the execution of Mary.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Becoming Queen Victoria

    • The Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler - yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history. Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Well Written and Readable

    • By Wren on 04-01-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Ambition and Desire

    • The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Corrie James
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Josephine de Beauharnais began as a kept woman of Paris and became the most powerful woman in France. She was no beauty; her teeth were rotten, and she was six years older than her husband, but one twitch of her skirt could bring running the man who terrorized Europe. The tale of Napoleon and Josephine is one of the most famous love stories in the world. With Josephine, Napoleon became the greatest man in Europe, the Supreme Emperor.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Returning this title

    • By Robin Johnson on 06-20-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • England's Mistress

    • The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 115
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Emma Hamilton was England's first superstar. She fought her way out of dire poverty to become a fashion icon, an Ambassador's wife, a confidante of both Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples, and the mistress of Lord Nelson, England's greatest military hero.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting.

    • By jojonow on 06-12-08

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Rival Queens

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Emma Cunniffe
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    Random House presents the audiobook edition of Rival Queens by Kate Williams. Elizabeth and Mary: cousins, rivals, queens. They loved each other, they hated each other - they could never escape one another. Kate Williams’ thrilling new history tells the story of Elizabeth I of England and her betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots. At the end of the Tudor era, here were two women on two thrones. But this was a man’s world, and many believed that no woman should govern. All around Elizabeth and Mary were sycophants, spies and detractors who wanted their power, their favour and their bodies. And so they became one another’s closest confidantes....

    Regular price: $24.00

    • The Ring and the Crown

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 7

    An informative and entertaining look at royal weddings through English history. The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at Royal Weddings.

    Regular price: $9.48

    • Marilyn Monroe: A Biography

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Shelley Gates
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Young Elizabeth

    • The Making of the Queen
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Kate Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life, the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental queen. Elizabeth's determination to share in the struggles of her people marked her out from a young age.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Jean on 01-08-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Book of Magic

    • A Collection of Stories by Various Authors
    • By: Gardner Dozois, K. J. Parker, Megan Lindholm, and others
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins, Susan Denaker, Stephen Mendel, and others
    • Length: 24 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy - featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm and many more! Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozois' (Rogues, Old Venus) acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf...and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda...and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore...and Severus Snape?

    Regular price: $15.81

    • The Storms of War

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
    • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      4 out of 5 stars 47

    In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. Rudolf and Verena are planning the wedding of their daughter Emmeline while their eldest son, Arthur, is studying in Paris, and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Way too s-l-o-w... I gave up.

    • By Joy Easton on 04-07-16

    Regular price: $31.47

    • The House of Shadows

    • De Witt Family, Book 3
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The De Witt family, who once led an idyllic and privileged life, are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives in the aftermath of the Great War. In 1939, the world is on the verge of turmoil with the approaching storm of the Second World War. The fragile peace of the De Witts' world is threatened once again as the family must deal with the consequences of another devastating war.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • England's Mistress

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    A dramatic, sparkling tale of sex, glamour, intrigue, romance and heartbreak, England's Mistress traces the rise and rise of the gorgeous Emma Hamilton. Born into poverty, she clawed her way up through London’s underworlds of sex for sale to become England’s first media superstar. Nothing could stand in the way of her dreams– except her self-destructive desires.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • So far so bad...

    • By marie on 03-05-11

    Regular price: $25.68

    • Becoming Queen

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Our perception of Victoria the Queen is coloured by portraits of her older, widowed self – her dour expression embodying the repressive morality propagated in her time. But Becoming Queen reveals an energetic and vibrant woman, determined to battle for power. It also documents the Byzantine machinations behind Victoria’s quest to occupy the throne, and shows how her struggles did not end when finally the crown was placed on her head.

    Regular price: $26.29

    • Josephine

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon’s military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine’s searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man’s world. Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable. Loved listening. Brilliant.

    • By J. Moutou on 01-16-15

    Regular price: $25.58

    • Young Elizabeth

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Kate Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet, for much of her early life, the young princess did not know the role that her future would hold. She was our accidental Queen. As a young girl, Elizabeth was among the guests in Westminster Abbey watching her father being crowned, making her the only monarch to have attended a parent's coronation.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Edge of the Fall

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1

    In the aftermath of the Great War, the de Witt family are struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives. Rudolf and his wife, Verena, are still reeling from the loss of their second son and don't know how to function in the postwar world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell, with no servants to ensure its upkeep. Celia, the de Witts' youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world.

    Regular price: $26.64

    • Storms of War

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife, Verena, are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their elder son, Arthur, is studying in Paris, and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Pleasures of Men

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Karina Fernandez, Penelope Rawlins, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Spitalfields, 1840. Catherine lives with her Uncle in a rambling house in London's East End, with little to occupy the days beyond her own colourful imagination. Then news reaches her of a disturbing murderer known as The Man of Crows. Catherine becomes more and more involved as she hungrily devours the news, and is soon snared in a deadly trap, where nothing is as it first appears...

    Regular price: $17.96