Victoria's Daughters

  • by Jerrold M. Packard
  • Narrated by Heather Wilds
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Vicky, Alice, Helena, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by 19th-century women of less-exulted class.
Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in London, Scotland, Berlin, Darmstadt, and Ottawa - and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days - Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their brother Bertie to the throne. Jerrold M. Packard provides valuable insights into their complex, oft-tragic lives as daughters of their time.


What the Critics Say

"[An] engaging group biography...Packard's narrative is accessible, unpretentious and solidly written." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Terrible Narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Does the narrator know how to read punctuation? There are pauses in weird places and an flat, dull delivery. I was so looking forward to this book, but the narration ruined it for me.

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- Kijana Mayfield

This book was written without punctuation

From the way this book was read it appears it was written without punctuation. Additionally the narrator had the distracting habit of raising her voice on two of the final vowels of each phrase before she took a breath. The story itself is fascinating although Queen Victoria is portrayed less reverentially than in other biographies of her that I have read. Overall I am glad I stuck with the book, but I hope not to listen to another book with the same narrator.
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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio