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A straightforward and engaging history, mostly sympathetic, starting with (the sometimes neglected) Owen Tudor and ending with Elizabeth. Hillary Huber's narration is clear and steady. The final picture of Elizabeth is painful to listen to: old, toothless, forgetful, and alone: and it was found afterwards that she wore a ring that secretly contained a portrait of her executed mother. I found this book preferable to the one by GJ Meyer: de Lisle treats the Tudors as human beings without soft-pedaling the brutality of the politics. (Meyer's book at times seems more like a prosecutor's brief.) Would definitely be interested in more books from either author or narrator.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
For historical purposes, I would recommend this book. The account is well documented and laid out in an interesting way.
Would you be willing to try another one of Hillary Huber’s performances?
Definitely not. She cannot pronounce English words properly. Her constant mispronunciations are very irritating. While some of this is forgivable for a non-English person, her failure to pronounce simple words like "priory", which in her tongue became "preory" took away from the author's excellent work.
Any additional comments?
I would advise the author to use an English narrator....at least one who is familiar with the pronunciation of titles and place names.
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