Victoria's Daughters

Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (181 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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unpleasant narration.

narrator seems to be speed reading a shopping list. An unpleasant experience to try to listen to.

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Confusing Narration

I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book very much had it been read in a manner which included punctuation. For the most part, I was left unsure where one sentence ended or another began. Periods and commas are important things...without them things could take on different meanings than were actually intended.

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Quite Good

Might be the best job of reading I’ve heard so far. Flawless performance. I’ll probably need to listen again to catch it all.

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Loved it!

I have read this book so hearing it on Audio was terrific. Narration was great.

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Purely Historical account

Good, detailed book about the history of her children. The narrator was great, the content a little boring but interesting.

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Disappointing

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