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Hayley McCoy

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  • Richard Nixon

  • The Life
  • By: John A. Farrell
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

Richard Nixon opens with young navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes quickly gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. It is a stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial portrait of a man who embodied postwar American cynicism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding biography of the man

  • By Mr. S on 11-05-17

good listen, great overview

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-19

it's a bit weird in the beginning it seems to get straight into mid life nixon and then they go back to his origins around chapter 3. but aside from this it follows Nixon all through the stages of his life and is a great overview. I was left feeling sorry for him and overwhelmed at his self righteousness. I would reccomend this book

  • Daughters of the Winter Queen

  • Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

In a sweeping narrative encompassing political intrigue, illicit love affairs and even a murder mystery, Nancy Goldstone tells the riveting story of a queen who lost her throne, and of her four defiant daughters. Elizabeth Stuart's (1596-1662) marriage to a German count far below her rank was arranged with the understanding that her father, James I of England, would help his new son-in-law achieve the crown of Bohemia. The terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin 'the Winter Queen', as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved and launch a war that would last thirty years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent research and writing, dreadful narration

  • By darkbluepoppy on 17-04-18

interesting title

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

the book being named "Daughters of the winter queen" leaves much to be desired. The book I enjoyed as it is filled with much background history and intertwining royal links that I adore. However if you are reading this book to learn solely about the daughters of the winter queen there may be a better book elsewhere. the book focuses much on the early years of princess Elizabeth later Queen of Bohemia, then on her many older children including much time on her older sons, their marriages and her own political battles. in all the Daughters of the Winter Queen in my own opinion did not live very eventful lives, two of which became abbess'. Henrietta married and died 6 months later. The youngest Sophia is the most interesting as her bloodline was elected to take over the succession of the British throne. I feel a more interesting book could have surrounded solely Sophia, or more individually on all of the Queen of Bohemia's children, or perhaps on solely her son's her appear to have lived extremely eventful lives. it is well worth a listen but do not expect to hear much about the daughters

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  • The First Iron Lady

  • A Life of Caroline of Ansbach
  • By: Matthew Dennison
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Often compared to Catherine the Great or Elizabeth I, Caroline of Ansbach is the great queen Britain forgot it had - a thinker, politician, schemer, patroness and matriarch. This book offers a remarkable portrait of a woman of great political astuteness and ambition, a radical icon of female power. The intellectual superior of her husband, George II, Caroline is credited with bringing the Enlightenment to Britain through her sponsorship of red-hot debates about science, religion, philosophy and the nature of the universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Hayley McCoy on 10-10-18

enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This was a great book, narrator was easy to listen to. But there was much information in this book neglected about Carolina's life. I feel the book spent a lot of time on her early pre-married life, and did not provide a great deal of information on why she was such an "iron lady" or the actions that made her so formidable. I feel the book rush through her later life when she was queen and did not nearly enough go into detail on her relationship with Frederick. the book is great however if you would like a full overview of the hanovarian dynasty I would recommend "the strangest family" which I feel is a great sequel to this.

  • The Innocence of Kaiser Wilhelm II

  • And the First World War
  • By: Christina Croft
  • Narrated by: Jack Wynters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Almost a century after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Kaiser Wilhelm II is still viewed as either a warmonger or a madman, as the hundred-year-old propaganda posters remain fixed in the general consciousness. Was he, though, truly responsible for the catastrophe of the First World War, or was he in fact a convenient scapegoat, blamed for a conflict which he desperately tried to avoid?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To me it's a great book!

  • By Vytas on 23-05-17

A different perspective

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

As a Millennial I believe I had looked on this time in history (until I studied it at a level and then further at degree level) as a time when Germany were persistently "the bad guys" for whatever reason. I suppose this opinion was relatively all lumped together as here in the UK we have always seen ourselves as 'the allies', the side of good. while during the second world war there is certainly good reason to suppose we were fighting something very sinister, this reflection on kaiser Wilhelm in his own time with his European familial connections certainly over turn such an uneducated view. This book is a very good reflection of the kaiser's life and does well to show that he is not the monster the Allies made him to be. Although this is only one such source on the topic it is well worth a listen!

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  • Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter

  • A Biography of Princess Louise
  • By: Lucinda Hawksley
  • Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Princess Diana of her time

  • By Bryan James on 09-07-18

quite good.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

A very well researched book, which uses many primary sources to give an insight into Princess Louise's life. although there is a great deal of speculation the author cannot be blamed for this, it is quite obvious from the authors own investigations that there has been some kind of cover up regarding the Princess' illigetimate child, marriage infidelity or her unbecoming ways in such a strict era. Either way this book gives you all the history and the rumours and leaves you to make up your mind.

  • Princes at War

  • The British Royal Family's Private Battle in the Second World War
  • By: Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

King George V predicted that his son, Edward VIII, would destroy himself within a year of succeeding to the throne. In December 1936 he was proved right, and the world’s press revealed the king was abandoning his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. A life spent in the shadow of his charismatic elder brother left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom and empire. Drawing on personal accounts from the royal archives, Deborah Cadbury uncovers the very private conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real people with public lives

  • By Kl Love on 12-01-16

fantastic easy listen. A great overview

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-18

This has been a great overview of king George and his brothers and cousins during the second world war. it will leave you wanting further explaination of the Marlborough files and his cousins actions during the war.

  • The Romanovs: 1613-1918

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
  • Length: 28 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content and narration

  • By H L Condliffe on 03-06-16

great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-18

loved the reader, fantastic overview for 300+ years of monarchy. I w9uld highly recommend. I honestly could listen to it again.

  • Elizabeth the Queen

  • The Life of a Modern Monarch
  • By: Sally Bedell Smith
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very thorough read, very enjoyable

  • By Hayley McCoy on 07-12-17

very thorough read, very enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

full of all the scandal and glamour you would expect from the English monarchy but brought me to a sympathetic and supportive new view on the monarchy and this comes from a northern irish lass

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  • Kingfish

  • The Reign of Huey P. Long
  • By: Richard D. White Jr.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

Outrageous demagogue or charismatic visionary? In this powerful new biography, Richard D. White, Jr., brings Huey Long to life in all his blazing, controversial glory. From the moment he took office as governor in 1928 to the day an assassin's bullet cut him down in1935, Huey Long wielded all but dictatorial control over the state of Louisiana.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely and gripping

  • By Jim on 07-01-12

fascinating overview of Hueys life!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-17

this is a fascinating review of huey p. longs life and of Louisiana at the time.