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Her Little Majesty is a fresh and fascinating portrait of the diminutive monarch who ruled the vast British empire for over 60 years. Award-winning biographer and historian, Carolly Erickson, transports you behind the walls of Buckingham Palace to introduce you to the quirky, loveable Queen Victoria—revealed only to her closest associates. Emotionally deprived, inadequately educated, and socially isolated for much of her life, young Victoria felt ill-prepared to ascend the throne. But the 19-year-old queen met her coronation day with outward dignity and confidence—then went home to bathe her pet dog. Even though her frequent temper tantrums and neurotic obsessions would have critics repeatedly fearing for her sanity, she became a powerful ruler, relentlessly leading her country through devastating wars and sweeping political reform. Carolly Erickson draws on diaries, letters, and historical documents to pen this dramatic account of England’s popular matriarch and the turbulent era that carries her name. Narrator Nelson Runger will hold you enthralled as the glory and the adversities of the Victorian age unfold.

©1997 Carolly Erickson (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

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An ok historical biography

This book was ok. I guess I expected more drama. It was a little dry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Informative, but the narration made it boring

I learned a lot more about Victoria, and her life, which is what I was going for but at points I found myself being put to sleep by the narration

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  • Allison
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 06-11-14

Compelling and Informative

Carrolly Erickson is no Alison Weir, but this was still a solid read.

I would have appreciated it if the reader, Nelson Runger, made it clearer when he was reading quoted material. Then again, maybe there just weren't as many quotes in this book as I expected.

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  • MP
  • 09-21-12

Surprisingly enjoyable; excellent narrator

Carolly Erickson doesn't write intensely detailed political history; it's personal history and this is what you get with this book. But this book is quite interesting and the narrator is excellent (as Mr. Runger always is - e.g., listen to his reading of "Endurance" and you will be hooked on him forever).

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  • Ellen
  • Rigby, ID, United States
  • 09-08-12

Very Historical

Would you listen to Her Little Majesty again? Why?

I found this very interesting, of course, I enjoy a good historical bio. I could really see the writing on the wall and felt like I was there, a fly on the wall so to speak. I couldn't stop listening!

What did you like best about this story?

The way I could imagine being there.

Which character – as performed by Nelson Runger – was your favorite?

Her little royal queen

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of her children.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Different and weird.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well spent but irritating as history keeps bouncing around in this tome.

What was most disappointing about Carolly Erickson’s story?

The Queen was not a person well liked. I've not heard of her to be that childish.<br/>A grudge must be held by Erickson.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Awful accents and snide sounding. Intended snide was most likely planned to the dislike of The Queen.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. Most books to movie attempts are horrible.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful