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A well-written biography of a rather misunderstood woman. Victorian has come to imply prudishness, but the queen was actually fairly broad minded. She was more sentimental than anything else. The author shows how Victoria played a pivotal role in the political landscape of her age and also exposes her frailties. The queen emerges as a very real and human figure, a woman surprisingly unpretentious and free of prejudice for her time. The major flaw in the book is the author's tendency to write about how Victoria thought or felt or wondered, which is not something for which there is any possible evidence. Or to describe how Lord Whoever drove through the streets, naming the types of people or happenings as he drove by--again, pure fiction. I found this annoying and condescending, as though the reader can't be persuaded to keep reading unless the facts are tarted up with fiction.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The narrator! She reads every single sentence with the same rhythm -- beginning with a high-pitched, shrill tone, and then dropping the sound to almost normal, only to begin the next sentence with the same shrill pitch again. Monotonous and off-putting.
What did you like best about this story?
Details about Queen Victoria -- her family, her personality, her flaws. Details about English society at that time.
How could the performance have been better?
Someone reading with a normal voice. The entire performance was like someone speaking at a microphone, shrieking at a crowd.
Any additional comments?
I wish Audible would be more selective with readers. Some are SO good; others simply spoil the entire experience.
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