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Amanda

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  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
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    (169)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond. Totally gripping history!

    Wolfpacker says: "Great Vignettes, Good Overall Story"
    "Wait!!! Where is Queen Victoria???"
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    I expected to read about Queen Victoria....what I got was a long, dry and amazingly detailed account of each and every battle during her reign. Her name might have been mentioned three times.

    I gave up - at Chapter 25, it became clear that the Queen was not the focus of the book. Lesson learned...never EVER judge a book by its cover!!!

    Expensive lesson.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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