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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Rappaport Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781452676869
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After the untimely death of Prince Albert, the Queen and her nation were plunged into a state of grief so profound that this one event would dramatically alter the shape of the British monarchy. For Britain had not just lost a prince: during his twenty year marriage to Queen Victoria, Prince Albert had increasingly performed the function of King in all but name. The outpouring of grief after Albert's death was so extreme, that its like would not be seen again until the death of Princess Diana one hundred and thirty-six years later.Drawing on many letters, diaries and memoirs from the Royal Archives and other neglected sources, as well as the newspapers of the day, Helen Rappaport offers a new perspective on this compelling historical psychodrama-the crucial final months of the prince's life and the first long, dark ten years of the Queen's retreat from public view. She draws a portrait of a queen obsessed with her husband and-after his death-with his enduring place in history. Magnificent Obsession also sheds new light on the true nature of the prince's chronic physical condition, overturning for good the one hundred and fifty-year-old myth that he died of typhoid fever. Download and start listening now!

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  • Absorbing account of the making of a queen through her awful, protracted grief. Kirkus

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/20/2014

    " Splendidly researched and written. Imparts a deep understanding of the way in which Albert and Victoria inter-related, a detailed account of Albert's death and a very plausible differential diagnosis for his final and fatal affliction - the reason he died so young. Finally, the book goes into extreme detail concerning the way her greatly beloved's death affected one of the greatest queens the world has ever known - the devastating and catastrophic effect it had on a woman left alone to do a job she felt she could not handle, and the way in which she rose above all the ensuing confusion to become a truly great queen who lent her name to a whole era. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/3/2014

    " Well-written informative read. Most interesting was the speculation on what actually killed Prince Albert. I very much liked that it acknowledged that the conclusion the author drew (pneumonia brought on by a flare up of Crohn's disease)was indeed speculation and didn't treat this idea as fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jule | 1/24/2014

    " Very interesting take on the effect on England, and his family, of Prince Albert's influence before & after his death. There has been so much written on this queen, and this book takes a very human view of the royal family, the prime ministers of the era and the common folk. very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/17/2014

    " A really interesting look at the relationship between Queen Victoria and her husband Albert, Prince Consort and how his unexpected death impacted the whole royal court. I did not know much about Victoria's reign and the time period so this book was intensely interesting. Written in a narrative fashion, it makes for an easy enjoyable read if you like history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/12/2014

    " The writing is rather bland, but it's an interesting examination of Victoria's withdrawal from public life due to her excessive grief over Albert's death. It does get a bit tedious after a while, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Lee | 12/25/2013

    " What the author thinks Prince Albert really died of, what he had actually accomplished in his life, the way Victoria mourned him and all the memorials she built in his honor. Old Vicky did not handle things very well. Good book, very well researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 10/30/2013

    " For not being a big history buff, I really liked this book. It is very well written, which made it hard to put down. I am looking forward to reading tho other books by Helen Rappaport. The only thing I missed was actually seeing the photo insert. It would have been nice to see the pics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 8/31/2013

    " I came away from this book not liking Queen Victoria at all. What a selfish, deluded woman. I was, however, very interested in what happened to her daughters which proved to be a fascinating story on its own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 7/4/2013

    " Excellent detailed history of Victoria and Albert, not dry at all. In fact, the royal couple, their children, and those around them were, to my great pleasure, brought to life in anecdote and factual narrative. Still, I did skim parts - I'm always impatient for the "good" parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 5/2/2013

    " Very, very interesting. Totally gave me a different perspective of the Victorian age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/10/2012

    " Having a great love and interest in everything Victoria and Albert, I enjoyed this book very much. It might be a little much for someone with a mild or beginner's interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 9/6/2012

    " Very good book and very educational. It is a true biography and is fully referenced. The ARC did not have any pictures but the hardcover version in stores does. This is an excellent lesson in this period in history and I recommend it. "

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About the Author

Helen Rappaport is the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters. She studied Russian at Leeds University and is a specialist in Russian and Victorian history. She lives in West Dorset.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.