Our Tempestuous Day

  • by Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The tumult and opulence of England’s Regency era burst from the pages in this work of literary nonfiction by acclaimed author Carolly Erickson. When dementia forces King George III to vacate his throne, the kingdom slips into a decade marked with excess, scandal, and riots. King George has suffered bouts of mental instability before, but in 1810 he shows no signs of recovering. Public and government business halts as word of his condition leaks out. Hoping to control the crisis, Parliament appoints the king’s unpopular son Prince George IV as Regent or caretaker. But for the next nine years, this substitute ruler shocks the nation with his drunkenness, his mistresses, and his wanton spending. From seething mobs in the streets to Lucullan feasts in drawing rooms, historian Carolly Erickson vividly captures the nation in a troubled transition. With narrator Simon Prebble’s dramatic performance, the splendor and intrigue of Regency England are as enthralling as the most entertaining novel.


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Riveting History of Regency Period

Where does Our Tempestuous Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top third.

What did you like best about this story?

Very well-written without being the least bit dry.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Prebble is an otherwise excellent narrator, but I do wish he would learn to pronouce "cavalry" (he says "caverry") and "chivalry" (he says "shiverry").

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The death of Princess Charlotte in childbirth is a sad event.

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User Friendly, But Not too Lightweight

This is not a scholarly historical piece. The author spends too much time telling us how the regent "feels" and writes as though she was a witness to King George's mental deterioration. But it presents a great snapshot of history during a very specific decade in a way that is easy to follow, yet still has enough fact and detail that most readers can walk away learning something new about the time period. And while the book spends a great deal of time on the celebrities and main events of the decade, Waterloo, Napoleon, Byron and the Prince Regent, it also provides detail on "celebrities" of the time that are not household names today and also talks about events that occurred beyond those that are covered in a English history textbook. And through the writings of actual eyewitnesses of the period - regular people - we get a better idea of the day-to-day lives of those who lived through the period that were not poets, generals or royals.

If you are looking for a broad overview of this time, a book that is understandable to a reader without a degree in English history, this is a good book for you. And as usual, Simon Prebble's narration makes it fun to listen to.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books