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  • Crown & Sceptre

  • 1000 Years of Kings and Queens
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Tracy Borman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Summary

'This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle.' (William Shakespeare, Richard II)

The British monarchy is the one of the most iconic and enduring institutions in the world. It has weathered the storms of rebellion, revolution and war that brought many of Europe's royal families to an abrupt and bloody end. Its unique survival owes much to the fact that, for all its ancient traditions and protocol, the royal family has proved remarkably responsive to change, evolving to reflect the times. But for much of its history, it also spearheaded seismic change, shaping our religious, political and cultural identity and establishing the British monarchy as the envy of the world.

There has never been a more apposite moment to consider the history of this extraordinary survivor. Within the next decade, there is likely to be a change of monarch, sparking renewed global interest on a scale not seen since Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953. Even the media and popular frenzy evoked by recent royal events such as royal weddings and births will not compare to that generated by the accession of a new king. In the lead up to this pivotal moment in Britain's history, Crown & Sceptre explores the history and evolution of the monarchy from 1066 to the present day, feeding the renewed interest not just in the modern royals but in the predecessors who helped shape the institution into what it is today.

©2021 Tracy Borman (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Disappointing narration

So many authors and broadcasters think they are excellent readers and performers. There's nothing to it surely. John Le Carre was one of those. How wrong they are. Some are very good, others are not. Tracy Borman is not good, it's not enough to stand at the lectern and deliver a lecture for umpteen hours. The most fascinating material sends the listener to sleep. An element of performance has to be brought in or it's all dull as ditchwater. You need to find someone who can read the material and perform it.

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Informative and entertaining

Loved it. Tracy Bormans reading of her own book was very easy to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Great Book that covers all the Monarchs

I thought that Tracy did a great job on the writing and the narration. The book dedicates each chapter to each Monarch in chronological order. The way the book is written makes it easy to engage with, and all the main points of each Monarch are covered. Some chapters are longer than others depending on the length of reign of that particular Monarch.

A previous reviewer, in fact the 1st reviewer here was highly critical of Tracy's narration, but I couldn't disagree more. He (the 1st reviewer) did not give any reason why he did not like her narrations. It sounds quite obvious that he is an older gentleman that may likely not be used to hearing a female historian comment with authority on such a subject matter, but take it from me, Tracy gave a great performance and I can't say that I ever felt irritated or bored by her narration in the whole 20 hours.

Would recommend this book to anyone that wishes to learn more and get a good overview on English Monarchs since 1066.

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Bad narration

The book is decent but personally I found the narration terrible with the slow drawn out words.