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Elizabeth the Queen
- The Life of a Modern Monarch
- Gesprochen von: Rosalyn Landor
- Spieldauer: 21 Std. und 27 Min.
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New York Times best-seller.
Perfect for fans of The Crown, this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close-up view of the woman we’ve known only from a distance - and a captivating window into the last great monarchy.
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.
Praise for Elizabeth the Queen:
“An excellent, all-embracing new biography.” (The New York Times)
“[An] imposing, yet nimbly written, biography [that] dwarfs the field...a most satisfying and enjoyable read, one to be savored at length.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“Fascinating.... After sixty years on the throne, the monarch of Britain is better known for her poker face than for sly wit or easy charm. Yet in biographer Sally Bedell Smith’s Elizabeth the Queen, Her Majesty sparkles with both.” (More)
“[A] smart and satisfying book.” (Los Angeles Times)
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- Rachel Lipson
Comprehensive read but...
Definitely biased on the author’s part. It’s clear which members of the royal family she approves of and which she doesn’t. It is however reasonably researched and informative so in that sense I would recommend it.
24 hours adoring the queen
Shame on me expecting a biography NOT seen through pink glasses. There is nearly not half an hour of not praising the Queen. Even at cases questionable reactions from her, the biography finds a way to let her stand in a bright light.
For me this is not necessary. If one buys a biography about the Queen, in most cases one is already a fan. But like in my case seeks for a more diverse source of information, a brider, deeper view, maybe some informations not being chewed on over and over.
Sorry this is really disappointing. If you are a keen follower to British Monarchy you will not find any news or insights here you would have not collected via simple international news reports.
Plus: narration is sooo boring, altogether it leaves you with the impression of a read to you pr paper from Buckingham Palace. If there is more useful stuff out there I am happy for any advices!