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Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
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MichelleCH
Just awful, if an author is going to propose a biography of a well known figure, at least have the courage to acknowledge a bias or predisposition to a certain viewpoint. This so-called biography is laughable. Yes she had access to "never before seen documents", but shouldn't we have heard some of this before? Somehow the author knows what Princess Diana's children and Tony Blair were thinking and their thoughts always paint Diana in the worst light possible. Really! Very National Enquirer-like. ...more
Jamie Collins
I received a free Advance Reader's Edition of this book. I found it a very readable biography, and quite absorbing, particularly in the first half.

I've read other books about George VI and Elizabeth II, so I already knew much of the information presented about the Queen's early life. A good bit of the material about the middle part of her life was new to me, and quite interesting. Some of the later stuff felt ripped from the headlines: Diana, Fergie, William & Kate, etc.

The author doesn't h
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Kristin
May 31, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, audiobooks
Very sympathetic biographical portrait of QE2 and her family. Interesting to see their human side but as a fan of the late Princess Diana I bristled at the harsh picture painted of her. I came away with a more positive view of Prince Philip and Prince Charles, which was surprising to me since they both seem like assholes.
Marci
Sep 30, 2011 Marci rated it really liked it
This was a book i won on goodreads!!! This was a great read. A very, very informative look into the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Right from the beginning the story sucks you into the intriguing world of the British monarchy. I was swept away by the romance of Philip and Elizabeth early on, and found that I could not put this book down. Full of facts recounting the queen's life up until, and including recent events such as William and Kate's wedding, I found that I learned much from reading this! ...more
Christi
Apr 12, 2012 Christi rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book although it took a while to finish since I listened to it and the library kept taking it back.
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