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    • Becoming Queen Victoria

    • The Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    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

    • England's Mistress

    • The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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

    • 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 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • 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 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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

    • 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
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      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

    • Marilyn Monroe: A Biography

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

    • 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
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      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

    • The Ring and the Crown

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

    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: $11.38

    • Young Elizabeth

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Kate Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 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: $26.19

    • Becoming Queen

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      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: $24.88

    • 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
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      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

    • Josephine

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      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: $31.03

    • The House of Shadows

    • De Witt Family, Book 3
    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The De Witt family, who once lead 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 Witt's world is threatened once again as the family must deal with the consequences of another devastating war.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • Storms of War

    • By: Kate Williams
    • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
    • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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: $32.96

    • 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
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      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