A novel of a young queen by the Creator/Writer of the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.77 hours)
Product Number: Z100129762
Released: Oct 03, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427274335
Narrator/s: Anna Wilson-Jones
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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"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 Drawing on Queen Victoria's diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin-creator and writer of the new PBS Masterpiece drama Victoria and author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter-brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign for 63 years, richly to life in this magnificent novel. Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth 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. Despite her age, however, the young queen is no puppet. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name. "I do not like the name Alexandrina," she proclaims. "From now on I wish to be known only by my second name, Victoria." Next, people say she must choose a husband. Everyone keeps telling her she's destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert, 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. On June 19th, 1837, she was a teenager. On June 20th, 1837, she was a queen. Daisy Goodwin's impeccably researched and vividly imagined new audiobook brings readers Queen Victoria as they have never seen her before. 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.

Author(s): Daisy Goodwin
Original Publish Date: Nov 22, 2016

Professional reviews

"Narrator Anna Wilson-Jones and author Daisy Goodwin work magic in this captivating historical novel about the tiny queen with a huge personality. Goodwin focuses on the first two years of Victoria's long reign, beginning just before the 18-year-old assumes the throne. Relying on a wealth of historical documents, including the queen's letters, Goodwin infuses life into the story of someone often remembered from dour old photographs. Wilson-Jones, whose clear and inviting narrative voice trips along at a perfect pace and sounds perfect for a book about royalty, serves the author beautifully. She has a wide range of accents and skill with both female and male voices. And her ability to perform believable conversational dialogue adds much to the novel's many pleasures. Goodwin is also the author of the upcoming "Masterpiece Theater" production "Victoria." A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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