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The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne. Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor.

©1984 Anne Edwards (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A magnificent portrayal of majesty...Edwards depicts the whole panorama, from pageantry and protocol to small private detail, with superb narrative finesse, psychological insight, and impressively far-ranging and scrupulous research." ( Chicago Tribune)

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Wow! Did not want this to end!

Excellent narrator who brings the wonderful writing of this amazing woman's life directly to the reader in a very entertaining manner. There are not any negatives only incredible positives. You will also be enthralled!!

70 of 70 people found this review helpful

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Interesting, informative, and insightful

What made the experience of listening to Matriarch the most enjoyable?

The narrator is engaging, not overdone, The historical facts are written in a way that is enticing, bringing the historical figuress to life.Very educational without being dry.

What did you like best about this story?

The depiction of the events written in a way that stuck to the facts, while being entertaing.

What about Corrie James’s performance did you like?

Excellent. Articulate, perfection diction and pleasing voice.

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

no

Any additional comments?

very well written and narrated.

56 of 57 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

Matriarch is one of the most enjoyable nonfiction works I have read in years. Such a magnificent story of people who are truly interesting and who have played a prominent role in the world for centuries. The author neither glamorizes royalty nor spend time in criticism of the institution but rather tells the story of an amazing person and her family. Highly recommended.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • B Rose
  • Hillsborough NC
  • 03-08-18

Misleading title

This book has very little about Queen Mary. It’s more about history of England which I’ve already listened to many times. If you’re new to British History this would be good although there are better ones. If you skip the first eight hours you’ll hear about Mary otherwise don’t bother.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Accurate

Matriarch made this queen come alive through quotes from letters, diaries, and 3rd person accounts. Sounds boring, but it wasn't. I particularly enjoyed the accounts of the king who abdicated.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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overview on Queen Mary and the wisdom she showed

What did you love best about Matriarch?

Showed a viewed of Queen Mary seldom presented by biographers of King George V, Edward VIII George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. She became a real person who endured hardships with a strength and stoicism seldom seen. She was a remarkable person who saw far beyond the palace walls and into the future, She would have had made a great monarch in her own right.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

it was ok

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes.

Any additional comments?

The only real complaint I have is that it contained the usual nonsense written about Prince Eddy her original fiancé and 2nd in line to the throne Prince Albert Victor Duke of Clarence and Avon. Somehow he grew horns and a tail after his death. The Cleveland st. scandal and even Jack the Ripper. Since the 1980s Prince Eddy has been examined by historians in a new light, New letters and writings have been found that point to a sensitive serious young man who had the worst possible teacher who blamed all the short comings of the education he gave both prince Eddy and prince George on the supposed stupidity and laziness of his pupils. Eddy was also friends with Lewis Carol and others at college who thought him a nice young man. The great love of his life was his cousin Alexandra who married Czar Nicholas of Russia who later lost her life as well as her entire family at the hands of the Russian revolutionaries. t does sort of seem that many historians when the heir dies and the spare is left to rule the heir is turned into a monster so we can say thank God it was George who lived to be king not Eddy, I see that as unfortunate and also inexcusably biased. As historians out first duty is to the truth of as close as we possible, In truth Eddy would probably made a good king with May at his side and had the kgind of court she would have really liked full of people interested in politics science and the arts, She made an excellent wife to King George encouraging him and reading to him to teach him how to be a better king. The longevity of the house of Windsor can be attributed to Queen Mary and that is a great legacy,

41 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Amazing window into a changing world

An amazing book!! An easy read and very informative, Queen Mary is a fascinating person who got a biography she deserves. The book is clearly spun in her favor but, it inspires a great feeling of nostalgia for Queen Mary’s world which does not exist today. It might be easy to over look her in the history of the British monarchy but the book makes a compelling argument for her significance in shaping and protecting the monarchy we know today. She seems to have been everything a great royal can be.

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  • Rosemary
  • Greenwich, CT, United States
  • 08-06-17

Beautifully read aloud

Queen Mary led an un-examined, stuffy life, remote, ornate and full of endless ceremony, yet the book is fascinating because of the ever moving history and characters around her. Skip over the overlong descriptions of funerals, royal weddings and coronation details.
I recommend this book to all fans of British royalty.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Very enlightening

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Queen Mary was a remarkable woman and lived through and in very interesting and turbulent times. Wonderful narration as well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • susan
  • Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • 02-11-18

Easier,cheaper and as interesting on Wikipedia

Very dry and rather dull account of this amazing woman. Very disappointed at how little she was 'fleshed' out. The reader mispronounced quite a lot.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful