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Victoria's Daughters

Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Vicky, Alice, Helena, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by 19th-century women of less-exulted class.

Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in London, Scotland, Berlin, Darmstadt, and Ottawa - and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days - Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their brother Bertie to the throne. Jerrold M. Packard provides valuable insights into their complex, oft-tragic lives as daughters of their time.

©1998 Jerrold M. Packard (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[An] engaging group biography...Packard's narrative is accessible, unpretentious and solidly written." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Terrible Narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Does the narrator know how to read punctuation? There are pauses in weird places and an flat, dull delivery. I was so looking forward to this book, but the narration ruined it for me.

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Robotic reader

Although I find the story interesting, the narrator is making it difficult for me to focus on anything except how poorly she read the book. I don’t think I can continue listening to it. She has expression... but it is the SAME expression no matter what she is reading. Her inflection doesn’t match what she is saying quite often so I feel like she is simply reading words and hasn’t bothered to familiarize herself with them first. My first Audible disappointment.

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Very informative

I liked getting to know more about personalities, struggles and accomplishments of the Royal family.

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Lots of detail. Not much narration.

I love history. This is a history book full of research from primary sources, such as letters written by the family members. It is not a narrative story where history comes alive, in my opinion. It might be an interesting read, but I found it tedious as an audible book.

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Disappointing

I would listen to this book again with a different narrator. The reading really spoiled a fascinating history.

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Can’t tell if writer or narrator is worst.

I only got halfway through. The story is strongly tainted with conjecture and presupposition. I’ve read many histories of Victoria and son Bertie and there are instances in this book that conflict with historical facts as I’ve come to know them.

The narrator has the terrible pattern of taking no breaths when changing subject matter. Perhaps the writer did not use paragraphs.

Whether it’s the writer or the narrative, transitions are really sub par and annoying.




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Sing song narration

The information was interesting but the narrator was boring and sounded bored when reading it. I questioned wether it was as computer generated as the cadence was the same throughout.

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More Modulation Needed

Interesting but dry, not enough pausing to separate chapters,change of thought, situation & place.

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magnifico

me ha encantado es una historia maravillosa muy bien relatada y la voz es justa para relatar tan brillante obra

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concise history

focused history of royal family with mention of surrounding historical events if they immediately impacted family