Charlotte and Leopold

  • by James Chambers
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the day she was born, Charlotte won the hearts of her subjects and yet behind the scenes she was used, abused and victimized by rivalries-between her parents; between her Father (the Prince Regent, later George IV) and (Mad King) George III: between her tutors, governesses and other members of her discordant household; and ultimately between the Whigs and the Tories. Her death in childbirth-the result of medical incompetence-was followed by an unseemly scramble to produce a substitute heir. Queen Victoria was the product. This is the tragic story of the doomed romance between Charlotte, heir to the English throne, and Leopold, the first King of the Belgians.


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Interesting and engaging but...

I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it. A very interesting subject presented in a very readable ('listenable'?) narrative.
Jilly Bond's reading is generally very good but I do wish that she had dropped the exagerated characterisation of Princess Charlotte earlier in the book. Yes, Charlotte had a lisp but for the majority of the reading she was given a voice very like Violet Elizabeth of the 'Just William' stories!
I would also have liked a couple more dates here and there. I'm sure that had I had the print version before me I would have been flicking back to check the chronology on a couple of occasions.
Having said that, neither of these small points detract from what is a fascinating story of a queen that never was and her husband who might never have been king.
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- Nicholas

A fascinating story

Would you consider the audio edition of Charlotte and Leopold to be better than the print version?

I had to give up on this and ended up buying the book. Jilly Bond drove me to distraction.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Read with all the zeal of childrens television presenter.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2009
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd