Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (Unabridged)
by Sally Bedell Smith
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In this magisterial new biography, New York Times best-selling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II. From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace. In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We meet the thirteen-year-old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats. We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines - the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press - as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.
Preview is not the reader, just a preface. Don't be alarmed
The previous reviewer indicated that the preview is misleading. True. The preview clip is a preface by the author. The rest of this recording is by Rosalyn Landor and it is beautiful and rich. Don't worry. Purchase the audiobook and enjoy Ms. Landor.
The audiobook preview clip is misleading!
The narrator does not sound anything like Rosalyn Landor! Ms. Landor is a British actress with a very listenable voice which has won her many audiobook awards. The narrator on this preview is harsh and grating -- and certainly not British. I definitely would not want to listen to this voice for 21+ hours! Some clarification is required before buying this audiobook.
* The one star award has nothing to do with the content of the book as I have not read it. I am unable to publish this comment regarding the audiobook version without rating it.