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What made the experience of listening to Elizabeth the Queen the most enjoyable?
I'm around a 3.5 on this one. The audio version was great, Rosalyn Landor has such a soothing and wonderful voice. I really enjoyed learning more about Elizabeth II as a person, and particularly liked the earlier stories about her childhood and first years of her marriage and reign. I felt that the middle sort of all ran together with different official engagements and traveling, and that it got too much into Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge toward the end, rather than end by summarizing the impact and important of Elizabeth II, though much of the book had taken the time to explain her role in the governing of England and the larger Commonwealth. I do wonder whether the royal family had any real part in this biography, whether some of the more endearing stories are accurate, but all in all I thought that the author did a good job of trying to portray Elizabeth as a woman, a husband, mother and friend.
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Would you listen to Elizabeth the Queen again? Why?
I would absolutely listen to this book again. I felt like I came to know her as much more than a figure-head for the British people. I was continually intrigued by the story and I found myself admiring the queen for much more than just her role as a queen.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I have adored Queen Elizabeth II since I was 3 1/2. She continued to be my favorite queen as I listened to this book.
Any additional comments?
Overall, this book is both amazingly crafted and wonderfully narrated. The narrator did voices both consistently and believably. Sally Bedell Smith did her research for real and although it could have been easy to be biased, I felt the presentation was very fair. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a closer look at Her Majesty, the Queen.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
full of all the scandal and glamour you would expect from the English monarchy but brought me to a sympathetic and supportive new view on the monarchy and this comes from a northern irish lass
I was pleasantly surprised by this biography of Elizabeth11 . I though4 there wasnt much more that could be said but this book gives lots of detail behind stories others skim over. Well worth listening to
1 of 3 people found this review helpful