|# of Units:||10 CDs|
|Length:||12 hours, 12 minutes|
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This book about the lives of the kings & queens of England is informative and descriptive rather than fanciful storytelling.
...but I was wrong. I adore this whole time period, but what a drone fest - I could barely keep my eyes open. Yawn.
This was not a really bad book, but it didn't go into detail as much as I would have liked. But, it did cover a lot of history.
Excellently read skim through the history of the British monarchy. If you need some basic knowledge for cocktail conversation, this is your book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. An in-depth history, it's not, but it's a great overview of how ambition, skill and serendipity shaped the formation of a kingdom and empire. The narration is almost uniformly excellent, and the involvement of several contributors to the substance of the text kept the perspectives fresh and interesting.
I could only stand to try and listen to cd 1 of this set.....unfortunately I had been sent all of them.
I removed the second set of CD's from my rental list (this was a two-part set) because this book was too boring. Each of the monarch's lives were basically reported as a series of dates.
Studying history can be dry, boring, and full of dates to memorize along with lists of people's names and places. This audiobook is anything but that -- each section (dynasty) is written by a different author, which gives each section a slighly different feel, but the vivacious narration brings the highlights of each monarch's reign to life, focusing on perceptions of the kings and queens as people. There are dates aplenty in the text, but they are secondary to discussions of the long-term affect of each king/queen, and their legacy to modern-day Europe. A very fast-moving and interesting version of "history" told as biography.
Antonia Fraser is editor of the best-selling updated edition of "The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England" (California, 1999), as well as several other best-selling histories including "The Gunpowder Plot." Text by John Gillingham and Peter Earle.