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King George VI: A Life from Beginning to End Audiobook

King George VI: A Life from Beginning to End Audiobook


by Hourly History

  • Narrated by: Barry Shannon
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Release date: 11-15-17
  • Language: English


King George VI In Britain

The phrase “an heir and a spare” refers to the imperative for members of the royal family to provide both an heir to take on their title and a spare. In this equation King George VI was the spare – the second son of King George V and Mary, and never expected to sit on the throne. King George VI, or Albert as he was known prior to his kingship, had a career in the Royal Navy and served during the First World War before King Edward VIII’s decision to abdicate his throne. 

Determined to restore the British royal family in the eyes of the people, King George VI played a pivotal role in the victory of the allied nations in the Second World War. 

In this audiobook you will hear about…

  • Early Years
  • Prince Albert in the navy
  • The Great War
  • The Reign and Abdication of King Edward VIII
  • Becoming King George VI
  • The Second World War
  • Postwar Years
  • And much more!

King George VI ruled long enough to oversee the tumultuous postwar years in Britain, the collapse of the British Empire, and the emergence of the Commonwealth. Succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth at just 55 years old, King George VI had a deep sense of honor and duty and was completely dedicated to his turbulent role as king.

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Hourly History




1 hr and 13 mins

Narrated by

Barry Shannon

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