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Victoria: The Queen Audiobook

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

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Publisher's Summary

When Victoria was born in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security - queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.

©2016 Julia Baird (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"With impeccable phrasing and a voice rich with the style and color of nineteenth-century England, narrator Lucy Rayner captures the essence of Queen Victoria.... A bravura performance!" (AudioFile)

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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 12-06-16
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 12-06-16 Member Since 2007

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    "Engaging and Informative"

    A well-written biography of a rather misunderstood woman. Victorian has come to imply prudishness, but the queen was actually fairly broad minded. She was more sentimental than anything else. The author shows how Victoria played a pivotal role in the political landscape of her age and also exposes her frailties. The queen emerges as a very real and human figure, a woman surprisingly unpretentious and free of prejudice for her time. The major flaw in the book is the author's tendency to write about how Victoria thought or felt or wondered, which is not something for which there is any possible evidence. Or to describe how Lord Whoever drove through the streets, naming the types of people or happenings as he drove by--again, pure fiction. I found this annoying and condescending, as though the reader can't be persuaded to keep reading unless the facts are tarted up with fiction.

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    Leslie 02-09-17
    Leslie 02-09-17
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    "A great book with a ghastly narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! She reads every single sentence with the same rhythm -- beginning with a high-pitched, shrill tone, and then dropping the sound to almost normal, only to begin the next sentence with the same shrill pitch again. Monotonous and off-putting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details about Queen Victoria -- her family, her personality, her flaws. Details about English society at that time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone reading with a normal voice. The entire performance was like someone speaking at a microphone, shrieking at a crowd.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would be more selective with readers. Some are SO good; others simply spoil the entire experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Bryn Mawr, PA, United States 02-06-17
    Catherine Bryn Mawr, PA, United States 02-06-17 Member Since 2006
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    "worst reader ever"

    It is hard to believe that any editor agreed to inflict this reader on an eager listener. Lucy Raynor reads in that sing-song voice that English aristocrats favor: sentences starting in a high register and loud, ending in a low pitched and very soft register, so that the 1st half of every sentence is jarring and the 2nd half indistinguishable. (At least with her low pseudo-male voices, you can hear her!) Maybe appropriate for an English tea or garden party, but exhausting to an American ear. Too bad, because it's a good story (what a listener can make of it). The section on the coronation (what I could make of it) was riveting. A major disappointment for an Anglophile. Maybe I will go and actually read A.N. Wilson's bio of Victoria.

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    Melinda HIrsch 01-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Her daughter's bane was HELENA not Eleanor"

    The book was good, but some mis pronunciations made by the performer became annoying. The one that just irritated me sbove all was how she pronounced Helena as Eleanor - just odd and altogether wrong.

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    Kylie Hood 04-26-17
    Kylie Hood 04-26-17
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    "Wonderful. Splendid. Victorian."

    What a wonderful historical account of the Victorian era. A woman who's reign signaled forward progression unmatched by the thousand years preceding her reign. Despite some of her views on women in power...she was a woman in power who wielded it for decades. She didn't have to fight for power like suffragettes or women after her. "Power was placed neatly on her head". She was a powerful monarch except when she was So busy making herself small to make Albert feel big. While a great love story of our time, Albert made her second guess herself and in the decade after his death she found her voice and love. Victoria changed the face of the European aristocracy and by carrying a hemophiliac gene that would forever alter the landscape of Russia. And her granddaughter would play a large role. Victoria's was a flawed monarch but one who shall forever stand the test of time.

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    Sandra Oliver 04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very thorough"
    What made the experience of listening to Victoria: The Queen the most enjoyable?

    I thought this was a very thorough yet very fascinating biography of Queen Victoria. The author did a good job of weaving actual (but edited) letters into the book without awkward stops and pauses.


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

    I walked away feeling rather connected to the Queen. An very silly thing to say but I feel like I could begin a written correspondence with her and be her pen pal. I was also very surprised at how un-feminist she was. It was ironic and unfortunate.


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    CT Amazonians North Haven, CT USA 03-14-17
    CT Amazonians North Haven, CT USA 03-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Victoria Endures"

    This was a wonderful book about the life of an amazing queen. It was so interesting that I didn't want it to end. The reader did an excellent job with the author's story of this famous monarch.

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    C. Millea lincoln, ca usa 02-03-17
    C. Millea lincoln, ca usa 02-03-17 Member Since 2013

    I like historical novels.

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    "So much history"

    At times I felt I was back in a history class. I had to go back many times to get a clearer idea about when & who had just come into the story. The way she brought so many well known names into the story really brought Victoria's time into perspective. Good read.

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    karen greenhalge 02-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book itself jumps around all over the place, it doesn't seem to be in chronological order.
    However, I am learning a lot.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lucy Rayner?

    anyone, i have listened to a lot of audible books and she has to be the worst, her changing voices to a little deeper when it is a male character is ridiculous, i would rather she just read it in her regular voice.


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    D Durdines Tampa, FL United States 01-27-17
    D Durdines Tampa, FL United States 01-27-17
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    "Victoria: The Queen"

    One of the most comprehensive books on Victoria I have read. My hat goes off to the author for making Victoria for making her a loving and caring person.

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