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  • Everyday Life in Elizabethan London
  • By: Liza Picard
  • Narrated by: Liza Picard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Elizabeth's London

By: Liza Picard
Narrated by: Liza Picard
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Summary

Like its popular and acclaimed predecessors, Restoration London and Dr Johnson's London, this fascinating evocation of Elizabethan London is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of everyday life and the conditions in which most people lived, which most history books ignore: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework and shopping; clothes, jewellery and make-up; medicine and sex; education, etiquette and hobbies; religion, law and crime.

©2011 Liza Picard (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Good Book shame about the Narration

I was looking forward to this audiobook and whilst the subject was great if a somewhat lacking in detail, the choice of Liza Picard as Narrator was a bad one.

I suggest you listen to the audio sample first ( I made the mistake of not doing so ), as she reads it in a very

" I....(pause).....Shall....(pause)....Say.....(pause)....This....(pause)....So.....You....Understand....It...Way"

And are obvious sections in the book divided up with a very annoying "tune" that marks each one.


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Interesting but the narration is a little dry

This book is very well researched and interesting, but I found the manner of narration a little dry which meant I struggled to remain wholly engaged.

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Good but needs a professional narrator

Liza Picard does a good job of capturing the daily life of London and this is enjoyable listening but it was probably a mistake to get her to read it herself. She has one of those very plummy voices -- nothing inherently wrong with it. However, it's not a neutral voice but she doesn't know the tricks of adding inflection and pace to a reading

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Great book narration is weird

Great book well researched but sadly let down by a weird staccato narration which quickly gets irritating. Read the book and skip the audio version

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Very interesting.

I really enjoyed this book, it is very interesting and well read by the author herself.

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Don't do it yourself.

A well written book with lots of facts set out in a very readable/listenable style. But what spoiled it for me was the narration, maybe it's best to let someone else narrate, unless you are an actor or a professional narrator. I think Picard's Restoration London was much better. So please don't make it a read your own unless you know what you're doing.

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  • Makayla Mason
  • 27-08-18

Hard to Follow Along

I got this book for a college class. I have it in paperback and need the audiobook to follow along as I read.

The audiobook isn't the same as the paperback. It skips over whole paragraphs sometimes. It makes it hard for thosw of us who like to read and listen at the same time.

I think they need to re-record this book so that it flows better. Try not to use the author.

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  • Mary
  • 07-02-19

Eye-opening

I was so struck by how much more organised and indeed humane London seems to have been in Elizabeth's time than I'd realised. This was no Dark Age of misery but a time of extraordinary flowering of human endeavour, art and capability. There was indeed misery, brutality and grim poverty, but there was also an awareness of suffering and an attempt by many to mitigate it. The London of that era is described in all its facets. Far from finding the author's voice distracting, I felt its patrician tones of scholarship rather soothing. The text, with its flashes of wry amusement, is a delight.

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