Becoming Queen Victoria

  • by Kate Williams
  • Narrated by Katharine McEwan
  • 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller
The perfect companion to the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series Victoria
A gripping account of Queen Victoria's rise and early years in power from CNN's official royal historian
"Kate Williams has perfected the art of historical biography. Her pacy writing is underpinned by the most impeccable scholarship." (Alison Weir)
In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler - yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history.
Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, 18-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother's adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert - all of whom attempted to seize control from her.
Williams lays bare the passions that swirled around the throne - the court secrets, the sexual repression, and the endless intrigue. The result is a grand tale of a woman whose destiny began long before she was born and whose legacy lives on.


What the Critics Say

"Kate Williams has excelled herself. One is engaged from the very first line. She has perfected the art of historical biography. Her pacy writing is underpinned by the most impeccable scholarship." (Alison Weir, author of Lady in the Tower)
"The amazing untold story of Victoria before she was queen...Kate Williams reveals a passionate young woman beloved of her future subjects but at war with her family." (London Sunday Telegraph)
"Becoming Queen Victoria showcases an outstanding talent from which we can expect much more." (Spectator)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Extremely Well Written and Readable

One of the most informative biographies placed into an enjoyable writing style that I have had the pleasure to read. The dual biography of Queen Victoria and her lesser known predecessor, Charlotte the almost Queen whose death changed the line of succession. Fascinating and enjoyable. The narrator had a slightly noticeable style that I came to enjoy. Very pleasant to listen to.
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- Wren

Great book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's based a lot on journal entries and letters.

What other book might you compare Becoming Queen Victoria to and why?

No idea.

Which character – as performed by Katharine McEwan – was your favorite?

It's a biography.

Any additional comments?

There's a gap in the story at 13:15:20 to 13:15:22. I thought there was a buffering isuse, but it turns out there's an issue. every time I replayed the 30 seconds prior, it would happen again at the same time.

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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio