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    • Mary Queen of Scots

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    More than 400 years after her death, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Antonia Fraser's classic biography of her won the James Tait Prize when it was first published in 1969. It became an international best-seller and was translated into nine languages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really really recommended

    • By Duncan on 10-12-09

    Regular price: £11.89

    • The King and the Catholics

    • The Fight for Rights 1829
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The story of Catholic Emancipation begins with the Anti-Catholic Gordon Riots in 1780, fuelled by a reduction in Penal Laws against Catholics harking back to the 16th century. Fifty years later, the passing of the Emancipation Bill was hailed as a 'bloodless revolution'. Yet, had the Irish Catholics been a 'millstone', or were they the prime movers? 

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Marie Antoinette

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
    • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular.

    • By Binky on 17-12-14

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England

    • By: edited by Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    The former King of England, Edward II was murdered in Berkeley Castle, near Gloucester, England. In 1326, Edward's wife, Isabella of France, led an invasion against her husband. The following year, Edward was made to renounce the throne in favor of his son Edward. This was the first time that a king of England had been dethroned since Ethelred in 1013.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bored

    • By RFJ on 16-05-18

    Regular price: £23.69

    • The Gunpowder Plot

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    With a narrative that grips the reader like a detective story, Antonia Fraser brings the characters and events of the Gunpowder Plot to life. Dramatically recreating the conditions and motives that surrounded the fateful night of November 5th 1605, she unravels the tangled web of religion and politics that spawned the plot.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Roller Coaster

    • By Alan on 26-12-08

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Love and Louis XIV

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    This audiobook centres around the Sun King and his relationship with numerous and fascinating women. Naturally dividing into five parts, it concentrates on the King's mother, Anne of Austria; his first important mistress, Louise de la Valliere; Athenais Marquise de Montespan, who acted as unofficial Queen of Versailles; Marie Therese, his wife, of course; and Madame de Maintenon, governess to the illegitimate royal children.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well worth listening to

    • By Mrs U on 07-05-17

    Regular price: £11.89

    • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Isla Blair
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    Antonia Fraser deals with each woman in turn with sympathy - the sympathy they deserve for having had the unenviable fate of being Henry's wife. Inevitably, there was great rivalry between them; there was jealousy too: the desperate jealousy of queens who found themselves abandoned, but also the sexual jealousy of the king who discovered himself betrayed. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling. This is historical biography at its best.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Six of one, and half a dozen of the other...

    • By G. HOLMES on 17-08-07

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Perilous Question

    • The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Internationally best-selling historian Antonia Fraser's new book brilliantly evokes one year of pre-Victorian political and social history - the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832. For our inconclusive times, there is an attractive resonance with 1832, with its "rotten boroughs" of Old Sarum and the disappearing village of Dunwich, and its lines of most resistance to reform.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the many milestones in history.

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • My History

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Penelope Wilton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Antonia Fraser's memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child when her evacuation at the beginning of the war to an Elizabethan manor house became an inspiration for historical imaginings - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, 'for me, the study of History has always been an essential part of the enjoyment of life'.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointingly superficial

    • By Bookthrower on 26-02-15

    Regular price: £20.89

    • Must You Go?

    • My Life with Harold Pinter
    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The subtitle of this wonderful memoir declares its contents: this is 'my life with Harold Pinter', not Lady Antonia Fraser's complete life, and certainly not his. In essence, this is a love story and as with many love stories, the beginning and the end, the first light and the twilight, are dealt with more fully than the high noon in between. The result is a marvellously insightful testimony to modern literature's most celebrated marriage.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Suhair on 06-06-13

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Perilous Question

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Perilous Question features an eventful, violent often overlooked period of British history. On 7th June 1832, William IV reluctantly assented to pass the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and of revolution throughout the country. This led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings dramatically to life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Of more specialized interest

    • By Kirstine on 03-11-13

    Regular price: £17.39

    • Marie Antoinette

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Marie Antoinette the abridged version

    • By Jackie on 24-09-09

    Regular price: £11.89

    • Must You Go?

    • By: Antonia Fraser
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter and critically acclaimed biographer Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later, on Christmas Eve 2008. Must You Go? is an eccentric, hilarious, and often moving testimony of their life together, based partly on Antonia Fraser's own diaries and also her own recollections of their fascinating life together. It is, above all, a compelling love story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply affectionate portrait of a literary giant

    • By Goody on 28-04-14

    Regular price: £19.99