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With penetrating insight, Amanda Foreman reveals a fascinating woman whose struggle against her own weaknesses, whose great beauty and flamboyance, and whose determination to play a part in the affairs of the world make her a vibrant, astonishingly contemporary figure.
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By Johanna on 05-15-16
Captivating Biography with Outstanding Narration
The story of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire is inspirational at times, tragic at times, and chock-full of juicy gossip. I enjoyed learning about this fascinating woman and her crazy social circle.
Amanda Foreman’s knowledge is mesmerizing, and Wanda McCaddon’s narration is equally as engaging. McCaddon even uses character voices to read the many letters in the book!
As you will notice from the book cover, the 2008 movie, The Duchess, with Keira Knightley was based on this biography. I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, but have now learned after listening to the book that the film is riddled with historical blunders. It doesn’t nearly do justice to the complexity of Georgiana’s rich life.
If you like this biography and time period, I would highly recommend listening to the novel Evelina by Frances Burney next.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Sarah on 07-31-17
Better than the movie!
Where does The Duchess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I loved this book. I loved the movie, wanted to know more about the Duchess. She is even more interesting than the movie led on. Her personal life history is so amazing, she led such an interesting life. I love historical biographies, and this is definitely worth your time and money!
What did you like best about this story?
The personal loves of the Duchess, and her dalliances into politics and how both these things greatly influenced her life and the people around her.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful