Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch

  • by Ruth Cowen
  • Narrated by Jennie Bond, Tim Piggott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan
  • 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch.
Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.
This newly written history uses actors and eyewitness observation to bring to life the story of this most remarkable woman.


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Thoroughly Enjoyable From Start To Finish

Whether you are a Royalist or not you will enjoy this 'easy to listen to' and ' non stuffy' account of Elizabeth II's life. What an interesting accounting of a life including her many strengths, weaknesses, her foibles, her dreams and her eccentricities. Learning about how her personality changed through nine decades and all the many national and international influences on her life.

One would think that she is very two dimensional however this very lively accounting of her life certainly changes the listener's opinion as far as that is concerned. Many of us will remember her at the opening of the Olympics when she shows us her sense of humor participating in a sketch with the new 007 James Bond.

After listening to this I realized that our Queen REALLY is a Bond Girl. She has supported a family, my Nation, many Nations in fact. She is still strong, she is relentlessly true to the promise that she made to my country many years ago when she became Queen. Never a 'quitter'.

A wonderfully entertaining 'listen'/read.
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- Julia "British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart."

Mildly interesting

A linear, royalist biography, with a narration that sounds like the voiceover of a documentary. Particularly distracting were all the sound effects - giggling children, barking Corgis, trotting horses - which added nothing to the experience.

I thought I might enjoy listening to it as background while doing other things, but it was so boring that I found myself automatically tuning it out.

Mildly interesting - I hadn't known all four of Prince Philip's sisters married Nazis, with one giving her son the middle name of Adolph - but ultimately boring.
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- Surly Girly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios