Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird audiobook

Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire

By Julia Baird
Read by Lucy Rayner

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When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand. Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security—queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.

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Summary

Summary

A Booklist Top 10 Pick for Biographies on Audio

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Award

An  Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security—queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With impeccable phrasing and a voice rich with the style and color of nineteenth-century England, narrator Lucy Rayner captures the essence of Queen Victoria…Rayner creates mystery and intrigue with her performance of Victoria’s mother…Rayner captures Victoria’s personality and emotions so well that listeners come to know her and Albert, her beloved prince, throughout her reign until his untimely death. Rayner also breathes life into the widowed Victoria, who reigned for forty years in mourning and still continued to amaze and shock her subjects. A bravura performance! Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Rayner’s narration is a perfect match for the sprightly text. She breathes life into each of the myriad characters and personalities that populate Victoria’s life and court…Rayner’s interpretation of Queen Victoria over the course of her long life is enchanting. Listeners can hear the subtle changes she makes to capture Victoria’s seemingly dual personalities, that of strong-willed monarch and submissive wife, as well as the toll her long life and many disappointments took upon her. Highly recommended.” Booklist (audio review)
“Fascinating.” Vogue
Victoria the Queen, Julia Baird’s exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography, brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch.” New York Times Book Review
“In this in-depth look at a feminist before her time, you’ll balk at, cheer on, and mourn the obstacles in the life of the teen queen who grew into her throne.” Marie Claire

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Author Bio: Julia Baird

Author Bio: Julia Baird

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, and author based in Sydney, Australia. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, the Monthly, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has a PhD in history from the University of Sydney, and in 2005, she was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 21.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English