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Victoria Audiobook

Victoria: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an interview with the author, Daisy Goodwin, who is the writer and creator of Victoria, the Masterpiece presentation on PBS. Anna Wilson-Jones, who plays Lady Portman on the show, narrates.

"The research is impeccable, the attention to details - from protocol to petticoats - perfect, and it brings the formidable figure of Victoria to sparkling life." (Sunday Mirror)

"Victoria is an absolutely captivating novel of youth, love, and the often painful transition from immaturity to adulthood. Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria's story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit." (Amanda Foreman, New York Times best-selling author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire, and 2016 chair of the Man Booker Prize)

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

The young queen is no puppet, however. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

Everyone keeps saying she is destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.

Drawing on Victoria's diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the best-selling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen richly to life in this magnificent audiobook.

©2016 Daisy Goodwin (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Malia 12-06-16
    Malia 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved THE CROWN? Get this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Victoria the most enjoyable?

    If you loved Netflix's The Crown, you will devour this!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Victoria?

    Any time she stood up to Sir John Connolly.


    What does Anna Wilson-Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices and accents!


    If you could take any character from Victoria out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lord M! I feel like he would be incredibly entertaining!


    Any additional comments?

    Finished watching the Crown on Netflix and needed an immediate fix. This book did the trick!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hope 12-03-16
    Hope 12-03-16 Member Since 2011

    I love well-written books in virtually every genre. Quirky characters delight me, and it breaks my heart when a good plot is badly done.

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    "If you are interested in Queen Victoria"
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    I really enjoyed Daisy Goodwin's first two books: The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter. This newest book is a fictionalized account of the time of Queen Victoria's life from just before she succeeds to the throne until she becomes betrothed to Prince Albert. Victoria is very well written and tells the story well. The problem for me ended up being that I just wasn't that interested in this small piece of history, at least not taken to this extent. The history (which the blurb says is well-researched) could be told in a fairly short essay. I have to say that while I did listen to the whole book, I didn't find it compelling. If you are a fan of Queen Victoria, it might be a better fit for you.

    The reader is excellent, and I found her various accents convincing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    rachel 12-15-16
    rachel 12-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!! couldn't put it down"

    I absolutely loved it!! I had trouble putting it down! I can't wait to watch it on PBS

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    "Terrific introduction to Queen Victoria"

    This is the story of Queen Victoria's early years and a great introduction for anyone wanting to delve more deeply. It is read wonderfully and introduces some of the most important characters in her life/reign. Now I'm going to read a new, fuller, non-fiction biography, but I'm glad I started here! I'd also like to watch the movie. I highly recommend this. Kept me driving through lots of boring traffic jams.

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    j. grace 12-16-16
    j. grace 12-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted to know more!"

    I was so surprised when it ended. I liked it, and expected to hear more!

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    "Brilliant!!! 10/10!!! Outstanding!!!"

    Best book I have listened to in a long time! I will be listening to it many times i think!

    The narrative was outstanding as was the story.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 05-27-17
    Julia 05-27-17 Member Since 2016

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "A FIVE star winner"

    I was engrossed from page one. Daisy Goodwin has done her research and her blending of historical facts and dramatic fiction is absolutely perfect. I have to admit that I have not studied the Victorian era for many years and I was looking for something to stir my interest again. I know that Queen Elizabeth II named one of her dogs 'Dash' and it reminded me of great Queen Victoria.

    This book has just the right amount of intrigue and romance. The ending, in my opinion, cries out for at least two Kleenex thanks to Anna Wilson-Jones multi layered performance.

    I really loved this book. I did not want it to end. Highly recommend it.

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    Joan Armstrong 05-24-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A true love story."

    It was good. the story is engaging a nd so real. narrator was superb with her different voices.

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    Sarah B. Rickman Colorado Springs CO 05-14-17
    Sarah B. Rickman Colorado Springs CO 05-14-17 Member Since 2012

    author, women's aviation

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    "Victoria Victorious !"

    LOVED this book. Read it after watching Masterpiece Theater--- which I also loved!

    Delightfully written! Kudos to Daisy Goodwin on a story well told.

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    adam paley 05-14-17
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    I loved this book!! I recommend it to anyone!! I loved. It!! It Was enjoyable!!

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