Victoria by A. N. Wilson audiobook

Victoria: A Life

By A. N. Wilson
Read by Clive Chafer

Blackstone Publishing 9781594205996
21.10 Hours Unabridged
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Acclaimed historianA. N. Wilson gives a sweeping, definitive biography of one of the mostrecognizable yet enigmatic monarchs of all time. The longest reigning British monarch and femalesovereign in history, Queen Victoria was a figure of profound paradox who hasmystified historians for over a century. Now in this magisterial biography, A.N. Wilson rebukes the conventional wisdom about her life—that she was merely a“funny little woman in a bonnet” who did next to nothing—to show she was infact intensely involved in state affairs despite a public façade of inaction.More than just the stock image of a stuffy, unsmiling widow in mourning,Wilson’s complete immersion in Victoria’s countless letters and journalsreveals a carefully nuanced portrait of a monarch possessed by family immigrantinsecurities, a reluctant public figure who learned to exploit public display,a mother who hated pregnancy, and above all, a political luminary who createdand controlled the story of her life, true or otherwise. Victoria brings to life its subject in all her manymoods and phases: her so-called miserable childhood, her early years ofpolitical inexperience as a pawn to advisers and statesmen, her passionate marriageto Prince Albert and the incessant public criticism, her famed mourning periodafter Albert’s early death, and finally, the captivating last decades of herrule as Empress of India. After nearly two decades as an eccentric, reclusivemourner, she emerged, self-confident and robust, as an out-and-out imperialistwho harnessed royalty with British foreign policy and as the figurehead ofmilitary and economic world domination. Wilson tells a story of victory against painful odds andgives the portrait of a woman battling with demons and overcoming them, largelyalone. Despite everything, she came to embody the British people’s experienceof their own lives. For those hundreds of thousands of people throughout theworld, Queen Victoria transcended autocracy; she became the model for allfuture constitutional monarchies, a beloved leader who reflected back to thepeople their own experiences of passing time, their own values, and their ownsense of the world. With dramatic sweep and novelistic style, Victoria: ALife is an accomplished work from one of our greatest biographers.

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Longlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Award

Acclaimed historianA. N. Wilson gives a sweeping, definitive biography of one of the mostrecognizable yet enigmatic monarchs of all time.

The longest reigning British monarch and femalesovereign in history, Queen Victoria was a figure of profound paradox who hasmystified historians for over a century. Now in this magisterial biography, A.N. Wilson rebukes the conventional wisdom about her life—that she was merely a“funny little woman in a bonnet” who did next to nothing—to show she was infact intensely involved in state affairs despite a public façade of inaction.More than just the stock image of a stuffy, unsmiling widow in mourning,Wilson’s complete immersion in Victoria’s countless letters and journalsreveals a carefully nuanced portrait of a monarch possessed by family immigrantinsecurities, a reluctant public figure who learned to exploit public display,a mother who hated pregnancy, and above all, a political luminary who createdand controlled the story of her life, true or otherwise.

Victoria brings to life its subject in all her manymoods and phases: her so-called miserable childhood, her early years ofpolitical inexperience as a pawn to advisers and statesmen, her passionate marriageto Prince Albert and the incessant public criticism, her famed mourning periodafter Albert’s early death, and finally, the captivating last decades of herrule as Empress of India. After nearly two decades as an eccentric, reclusivemourner, she emerged, self-confident and robust, as an out-and-out imperialistwho harnessed royalty with British foreign policy and as the figurehead ofmilitary and economic world domination.

Wilson tells a story of victory against painful odds andgives the portrait of a woman battling with demons and overcoming them, largelyalone. Despite everything, she came to embody the British people’s experienceof their own lives. For those hundreds of thousands of people throughout theworld, Queen Victoria transcended autocracy; she became the model for allfuture constitutional monarchies, a beloved leader who reflected back to thepeople their own experiences of passing time, their own values, and their ownsense of the world. With dramatic sweep and novelistic style, Victoria: ALife is an accomplished work from one of our greatest biographers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An assured, affectionate portrait written in accessible prose.” Wall Street Journal
“Survey[s] the political history of the world’s most powerful empire while also doing justice to the inner life of a short, stout mother and grandmother.” New York Times
“[A] shimmering and rather wonderful biography.” Guardian (London)
“Wilson’s [biography of Queen Victoria] may be the best I have read.” Washington Post
“A critical biography—funny, insightful, original, and authoritative. At last Victoria has been rescuedfrom her widow’s weeds.” Spectator (UK)
“Masterful…A thoughtful…often deliciously entertaining tale of a unique monarch.” Seattle Times
“[Wilson is] a superb biographer…He has liberated Victoria from the protective raiment of her family and the British establishment.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Admiration for the long-reigning female monarch is evident in this comprehensive, highly accessible work…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Few if any previous biographers have viewed her as incisively and absorbingly as Wilson does.” Booklist (starred review)
“Wilson…lends a lively expertise to his portrayal…A robust, immensely entertaining portrait from a master biographer.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“More than a Victoria biography, Wilson skillfully weaves the vast narrative of the Victorian landscape.” Publishers Weekly
“British narrator Clive Chafer unfolds the story of Victoria’s lonely childhood and apprenticeship as a ruler…Chafer’s narration elegantly captures Victoria’s sixty-four-year reign as well as her personal triumphs and struggles. This is storytelling fit for a queen.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: A. N. Wilson

Author Bio: A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson is a renowned British journalist and author. He has written several acclaimed biographies, including Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul. He taught for seven years at Oxford before becoming a journalist. He has won numerous awards, including the E. M. Forster Award, the Whitbread Biography Award, and the Somerset Maugham Award. A frequent contributor to the Daily Mail, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, Spectator, and Observer, he lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 21.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English