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Publisher's Summary

The definitive new biography of Her Majesty The Queen by one of Britain’s leading royal authorities. 

With original insights from those who know her best, unseen papers, new interviews with world leaders and a fresh perspective on the longest reign in British history, Robert Hardman tells the full life story of the most famous woman in the world.

Like her father and grandfather before her, Elizabeth II was not born to be monarch. Yet she has reigned through more change than any sovereign since 1066. From her accession as a young mother of two in 1952 to the age of COVID-19, she has become a global phenomenon commanding unrivalled respect and affection.

Queen of Our Times follows the astonishing journey of the quietly determined young woman who has gone on to lead her family and her people through good times and bad for longer than most people have been alive. 

This is a must-have study of dynastic survival and renewal, spanning abdication, war, romance, danger, tragedy, drama, brickbats, laughter heroes and villains right up to the present day. Best-selling author Robert Hardman brings his long experience and expertise to this richly entertaining portrait of a world leader who remains as intriguing today as the morning she came to the throne aged 25.

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  • KATHERINE LIM
  • 23-06-2022

very interesting subject matter and well narrated

the queen is always an interesting subject matter but this book is more than just pure admiration. rather it is a balanced view peppered with interesting sometimes charming tid bits. the author read it well, in a good pace and clear and concise. Great book and very recommended to those interested in the monarch which this book cleverly explains is more than just a tourist attraction or waving from balconies.

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  • Loretta J. Miller
  • 18-05-2022

Excellent read

Very interesting, fascinating book. I enjoyed it very much. God bless Queen Elizabeth ll such an amazing woman.

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  • Shelfie
  • 02-05-2022

Wonderful look at the Queen and History

Absolutely adored this book. A fascinating insight into the life of Queen Elisabeth and a wonderful reminder of the role she has played in our recent history. A lot of nice little details which made me smile and well up at different times. Amazing to see the part she has played. I loved the story of her going to visit Germany and mentioning her previous meeting with Konrad Adenauer, the founding father of post war Germany.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-04-2022

Brilliant

Great book, so easy to listen to. Well paved narration. Sorry to have finished it.

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  • Malcolm Mills
  • 02-07-2022

Brilliant

This is the best royal book ever written. It is beautifully written, with such honesty. Robert Hardman is always lovely to listen to, and he reads this book so well. I could listen to it again.

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  • Swanbrod
  • 17-06-2022

Excellent snapshot of the Queen’s life and times.

Excellent snapshot of the Queen’s life and times, I really enjoyed listening to it and the narration was excellent and engaging.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Goes
  • 09-06-2022

Superb

I enjoyed listening to the author's narration of his story of the life of 'Elizabeth the Earnest' while pottering at home and in the garden. The 25h 22m was therefore lengthy but not weighty. Robert Hardman obviously has a great deal of respect and affection for HM so may not be totally unbiased in his views.
However this timely account, pre the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, of 7 decades of dedicated service feels authentic and balanced. I was pleased to hear that HM 'absolutely loves being Queen', has a healthy work-life balance, is warm, forgiving, funny and, when required, can exercise 'soft power' with an eyebrow - a welcome antidote to the fictional portrayal of the cold, unhappy monarch in the Netflix film, The Crown. I confess I had to ask Auntie Google clarify 'the silken glove of Geidt'.
I learned a great detail about our Queen and particularly enjoyed hearing about her encounters with various prime ministers and world leaders throughout the Commonwealth and more. I like who she likes and I like her a lot. I reckon she's a good judge of character. Thank you for the good read and the insight into the life and work of Elizabeth II. This biography may have helped with the 'Transition' of the Royal Family into future generations but this lady, despite losing her beloved Philip, has not stopped mothering her family, her nation and commonwealth yet.
I have now bought the book as it is one to keep on the bookshelf; it has arrived safely and in good condition.

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  • cashmere
  • 17-04-2022

Excellent

Three weeks of pure listening glory. Most excellent narration of an engaging history. Robert Hardman wove a splendid yet complex tapestry of events with ease.

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  • Michael
  • 07-04-2022

An amazing look at the life of our queen.

A great book. I love the detail and in depth context which the author included when taking us through the major events of the life of our queen so far. If you like lots of detail and context to understand what processes the royal family goes through in relation to a wide range of events from the 1936 abdication, to the more recent events involving Harry and Megan, you will love this and want to keep it.


Its a huge load of work that the author has put in to give us a good all round view of our queen, and the thinking of those around her. As you gathered I really enjoyed this and will be keeping it.

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  • A Scott
  • 04-04-2022

Beautiful book

This book makes me just want to be able to sit down with the Queen and just get her to reminisce. I would also have lovely to have spent a weekend with Prince Philip chatting with him.

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  • Audible Customer
  • 04-04-2022

Remarkable!

A detailed biography of our Queen. Hardman's insights are fascinating as well as quotes from those who have experienced meeting QEII
Highly recommended!

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