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How to Be a Victorian

Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
Categories: History, British
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, read by Patience Tomlinson.

How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman. 

We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Surviving everyday life came down to the gritty details, the small necessities and tricks of living.

Drawing on Ruth's unique first-hand experience, gained from living on a Victorian farm for a year, this book will teach you everything you need to know about 19th-century living.

If you liked A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England or If Walls Could Talk, you will love this book.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Ruth puts it in the back of the net AGAIN!

Ruth histories are about people without power without influence who are just trying to get by

Like most of us

It’s an eye opener to see how our great grand parents lived (in very old 😂)

She gets you laughing, crying (oh my lord somethings that the women had to do just to survive was so harrowing and the children!!) and she also lightens it all with humour

If you have any interest in REAL history download this now

The narration was also top drawer

Brilliant

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Loved it. Very interesting!

I've recently started a longer commute and this has really made it easier to bear! I found it very engaging and loved the references to real people.

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Absolutely fascinating

As a huge fan of Ruth Goodman I was thrilled to come across her book on audible, not getting alot of time for actual reading it was so good to be able to enjoy her work while carrying on with mine. She leaves no aspect of everyday life out of this truly brilliant insight into what it was like to be a victorian. Fantastic experience.

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endurance and fortitude.

Lovely Ruth,thank you for your research and,making such an interesting real story,in alot of instances Our people were no more than slaves,thank goodness that there ae people that look into our past hopefully.to keep a better future.

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Very real

Very interesting to listen to and it feels real, the author adds her own experiences and thoughts and reflections.

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If you only like fashion get this book.

Too much about fashion, I wanted to know how they lived their life’s. what it was like being a victorian, the food they ate. Struggles.
Instead I got hours and hours about their clothes and fashion. I listened to it for hours waiting for something before I just had to give up.

Good narrator though.

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Brilliant history

Really enjoyed this book. Brilliantly researched, nicely read, thank you to author and narrator.

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loved it .

I could listen to this over and over, and have done. really interesting and beautifully read.

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Wonderfully insightful however

It would’ve been nice to have more reference to Scotland and Ireland. Overall a brilliant book but some continuity issues in the audiobook and the chapters were all mixed up so it’s a bit confusing

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A really interesting book

I've enjoyed watching Ruth Goodman in her various TV series over the years, and was delighted to find this audiobook.

I was fascinated to learn about everyday life in England during Victoria's reign, and how things changed across that time. Ruth's commitment to her subject is evident, even down to wearing Victorian clothing and adopting Victorian bathing habits for extended periods, and these exercises clearly highlighted how wrong our preconceptions can be.

Ruth's writing style is a little more formal than her speech when narrating and talking to camera in her TV work, but it flows nicely. I got a little irritated by the narrator leaving slightly long pauses between sentences which made me think there was a section break in the text rather than a paragraph break.