I'm generally not a fan of the Victorian era, and though I love a good biography, especially one dealing with English/British history, my main interest lies in Medieval England and the Plantagenet dynasty. I ventured beyond my usual period after seeing the film 'Young Victoria' and becoming quite smitten with the love story portrayed between Albert and Victoria and wondering just how much of that story was true. As it turns out, a fair bit!
I quite loved this book! It begins with general backgrounds on both Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, but becomes totally engrossing once the story begins to unfold in the words of Albert and Victoria themselves, via letters and journal entries. Never have I felt so acutely that I actually know the subjects! Victoria especially came to life for me. She was very clearly a woman with a most passionate nature, which she channelled almost exclusively into Albert. So much so that she had little energy left for anyone, or anything, else. I find it a terrible shame that her personal letters and journal were so heavily censored by her daughter Beatrice following her death. But I digress...
I found this book to contain just the right amount of history. It's a book about Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, and little time is spent on Victoria's life following Alberts death, or on the lives of their children. This is their story, and I think it's brilliantly told.
The narrator does a fine job. I'm quite sensitive to bad narration, and it will render a book unlistenable if the narration stands out, if words are mispronounced, etc. I noticed the story, not the reader, which is the highest praise I can give an audiobook.
If you're interested in biographies, British history, or just a good old fashioned love story, you'll enjoy this book. I can't say I've come away with a greater fondness for Victoria, in fact there are many aspects to her personality I find positively repugnant, but I've certainly gained an appreciation for her most passionate nature. Albert, on the other hand, I quite like. Knowing little about him prior to this book, I learned a great deal, and have developed genuine respect and affection for him. I highly recommend this book!
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