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The Favourite

Narrated by: Natalie Boscombe
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

Sarah Churchill, first Duchess of Marlborough, was the glamorous and controversial subject of hundreds of satires, newspaper articles and publications both during her lifetime and after her death. 

Tied to Queen Anne by an intimate friendship, Sarah hoped to wield power equal to that of a government minister. When their relationship soured, she blackmailed Anne with letters revealing their intimacy and accused her of perverting the course of national affairs by keeping lesbian favourites - including Sarah's own cousin Abigail Masham. 

Sarah was a compulsive and compelling writer, narrating the major events of life at Blenheim Palace and at court with herself often centre stage. Attacked for traits that might have been applauded in a man, she was also capable of inspiring intense love and loyalty, deeply committed to her principles and to living what she believed to be a virtuous life. 

This biography brings Sarah Churchill's own voice, passionate and intelligent, back to life and casts a critical eye over images of the Duchess handed down through art, history and literature. Here is an unforgettable portrait of a woman who cared intensely about how we would remember her.

©2018 Ophelia Field (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Great narration, boring meandering story

The narrator is fabulous but I struggled to stay interested in this disconnected story. It was hard to follow the lives of the main women involved and a certain level of prior knowledge seems to be needed. I got 3 and a bit hours in before giving up. How the other 12 odd hours pan out I can't say.

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Really boring story

Ot is interesting at the beggining, but I was unable to finish the book as it ended up being juat reading up of countless repetative nagging letters.

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  • Kelsey A
  • 14-02-19

Bursting with Detail

While I personal had some audio issues with the recording (skipped sentences, weird echo), the story itself and very entertaining and well researched. I definitely enjoyed Fields’ writing style!

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  • yoanna
  • 19-01-19

Bored to death

I recently watched the award-winning movie “the favorite” & decided to learn more about the real story behind the movie...my mistake...this book is just SO unbelievably boring that it can cure any insomnia instantly

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