• Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni

  • The Legendary Women of World History, Book 1
  • By: Laurel A. Rockefeller
  • Narrated by: Richard Mann
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-09-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Laurel A. Rockefeller
  • 1 out of 5 stars 1.0 (1 rating)

Publisher's Summary

Why is The Morrigan's raven crying? Only Britons with hearts for true liberty know!
In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain - until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal decent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever.
Rise up for liberty with the true story of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni and discover one of the most inspiring stories in history!
Based on the accounts of Roman historian Tacitus and supplemented with archaeology presented by the BBC.
For children, teens, and adults.
©2014 Laurel A. Rockefeller (P)2014 Laurel A. Rockefeller
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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 22-05-2015

BOUDICCA: Beautiful, Dramatic, a Must Listen

I feel that "Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni" was an important book and a wonderful listen. She was a real living woman in history. She had ran away from the Aedui tribe where she had royal heritage and by chance met King Prasutagus. They married and had two daughters. Prasutagus wants to ally with the Romans for their weapons and power. Queen Boudicca doesn't want this.

The ending is quite dramatic but important. She and her daughters drink mead and this becomes their demise however, within the epilogue is an exactly perfect explanation.

This story is an absolute gem. For being a short listen, it's very well-written and wonderfully narrated. Laurel A. Rockefeller knows her history and is an excellent writer. I loved this book and look forward to more from The "Legendary Women of World History."

I thought Richard Mann was the perfect narrator for this piece. He has exact voice inflections and he fits in with the period. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this. He's a natural.

Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. M. Owen on 02-01-2015

A perfectly lovely read!

Where does Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rate it just as high as the longer books that I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love strong female characters like Boudicca. I think that our children should be exposed to more influential females from history. I like that she had her own personality that made sense with the story that was being told.

What about Richard Mann’s performance did you like?

I like his voice, which is very soothing, almost hypnotic. He pronounces the names well and the listening flows smoothly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

One woman stands up to defend her people and their way of life.

Any additional comments?

I was amazed at the ability of the author to get you invested in the characters and interested in the storyline in such a short amount of time. I will be giveing this book to my nieces to listen to. They love a strong heroine.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G. H. Evans on 14-03-2016

Enchanting tale - bringing history to life!

Would you listen to Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni again? Why?

I'd definitely listen again, both to this one and any others that are available to read or listen to. The story was told in a way that felt both succinct and complete.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boudicca- the heroine of the piece.

What about Richard Mann’s performance did you like?

His voice is wonderfully warm and approachable. Some audiobooks can be narrated in rather a monotonous way, but Richard Mann brought the words to life.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

History, made into HERstory

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Heaney on 18-07-2015

Moving...

What made the experience of listening to Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni the most enjoyable?

My favourite part of Boudicca was the narration. Mann's voice really makes the story come to life. I'm used to listening to stories with Kindles text-to-speech feature (which is very monotone), so listening to Mann narrate Boudicca was just magical. You can feel every emotion in the book; when a character fears - you feel it, when they're excited - you feel it. It's all down to the narration. I think if someone else told the story.. it just wouldn't have had the same affect on me. Like I said, the narration made the story come to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boudicca of course! She's an extremely strong character, she's trustworthy, she'd do anything for her family and for her people. She's extremely fierce but with a soft streak for the people she loves. I found her character to be very balanced, I imagine her like a wild wolf or something - deadly and fierce to her enemies, but caring in the extreme to those she loved.

Have you listened to any of Richard Mann’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't read any of his others yet, this was my very first audiobook! :) I feel like I made an excellent choice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

*cough* I did listen to it all in one sitting, ha ha. It was very enticing! As I said, Mann's narration made the story come to life so I just couldn't put it down. Rockefeller's writing is exceptional and I loved that with every chapter I listened to, I was gaining a lot of new knowledge about a very strong and memorable woman in British history.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I've 'read' that I feel has actually done Boudicca justice. The way it's told makes it suitable for people of all ages (young kids to adults), and the amount of information woven into the story is amazing. I wouldn't be put of because it's only a short book, there's a lot packed in there and it's a very entertaining read!

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