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I bought the book after seeing the movie’s preview because we all know the books are always better. But I can’t bring myself to finish this one. It’s dry. There is no flow to the story or reading of it and with the diary inserts it becomes repetitive. Abdul sounds like an obnoxious prat over time. I really wanted to enjoy this story but alas...
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in)? What did you like least?
Like the story and reserarch behind it; hated the bogging down by details
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Sad state of politics
Which scene was your favorite?
all about the same
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
no ; reading the book was enough, but the movie would move infinitely faster
Any additional comments?
With 20/20 hindsight, I'd see the movie instead
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I tried and tried to get into this audiobook. I found the narrator didn't put much feeling into the reading, not enough emotion. As she introduced the travelling of the characters to different countries and areas It kept going back to what places used to be called and the wars that had taken place, which I thought had no relevance to the story. It didn't grab my attention and I wanted to get into the dialogue between Queen Victoria and Abdul and what they did together. I do believe the true story is a very interesting one but I couldn't get over all the history being told. Not for me.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A wonderful, sad and moving story, well written and narrated. Very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend. I'm sure I'll read it again. It has given me a taste for historical stories of the royals.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What an incredible story. I saw the movie which I enjoyed but the book fills in all the gaps. I’m surprised that the story is not better known but then with the future Kings paranoia, all letters, photos and documents were destroyed. I loved this book which gives a good account of the royal court at a time when the queen befriended an Indian and took him into her confidence much to the chagrin of her inner circle. Well written in a documentary style, I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history, royalty, the love of a friend and just a general good story.