When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.
Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.
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by Julia Quinn
by Julia Alvarez
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"With impeccable phrasing and a voice rich with the style and color of nineteenth-century England, narrator Lucy Rayner captures the essence of Queen Victoria. She was Great Britain's longest reigning monarch until the contemporary Queen Elizabeth broke that record. Rayner creates mystery and intrigue with her performance of Victoria's mother, who plotted to become regent should Victoria ascend to the throne before she turned 18. Luckily for England, it didn't happen. Raynor captures Victoria's personality and emotions so well that listeners come to know her and Albert, her beloved prince, throughout their reign until his untimely death. Rayner also breathes life into the widowed Victoria, who reigned for 40 years in mourning and still continued to amaze and shock her subjects. A bravura performance! E.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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