Say something about yourself!
The book was wonderful and couldn't stop listening even though I know how it ends but Samantha Bond was perfection.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I was brought up in England in a pro Royalist family. My Grandma was born in the Victorian age so there were certain expectations when it came to the Royals. Leaving your Crown for a 'twice divorced Yankie floozy' was definately not a part of the job description according to my family and many Brits. Don't forget that Wallace Simpson would have been on the Royal payroll which also meant that the British public had to pay for her and her jewels and pearls!
She was painted as one of the most hated women in history. It was also, for those romantics out there 'the love affair of all time'. Oh how little did we know!
As soon as I saw this book I was curious as I had read everything that I could get my hands on about the 'loving' couple. Boy oh boy was I WRONG!
In retrospect I feel that Edward was a weak willed man who just wanted to 'play'. He really never wanted to be King. He was merely looking for an excuse to get out of the 'Top Job'. Lucky for the Empire that Mrs. Simpson showed up when she did. In fact it is us that owe her a debt of gratitude. Nothing worse than a weak and dilute monarch during wartime. I also was so surprised that Churchill was so late in seeing the light over the 'little man'.
Frankly everything worked out for the best. Poor Wallace lost Ernest and gained a 'wet fish' and bucket of jewels.
Was there love there? Who knows. More parasitic on his part I fear.
An interesting and enlightening read and a warning to those who may be looking through those "rose colored glasses".
A jolly good read well narrated.
Though very well written, I couldn't help being disappointed in that the book did not delve as deep into the aftermath of the abdication as it did before it.
The first part of the book covering Simpson's early years does give some sense of Wallis Simpson's early life experience and character. From the moment Simpson hooks up with the then king, the book goes downhill and becomes a collection of letter excerpts from Wallis herself and others witness to her life. All sense of Wallis' character and experience is lost.
I like the realistic potrayal of this nasty woman. I did not like her and it removes the glamour and romance and shows the truth.
Yes I would.
Be grateful I am who I am
This book confirmed what I thought of Wallis she was a nasty piece of work and got what she deserved. Good book and shows what really happened.
This is similar to the account of the life of Pamela Harriman in "Life Of The Party". However, Pamela Harriman was certainly more interesting and accomplished.
Both of these memorable characters seem to have mastered the art of enchanting
a large number of men. Both women insinuated themselves into a ring side seat
for the most important happenings of the last century.
Samantha did well with projecting the various characters through masterful simulations of voice timbre.
The life and times of one of the most powerful and memorable women of the 20th Centrury
The long drawn out child hood and insecurities were forever to slog through. And then the final idea that she really did not want to marry the Duke, and consequently there is this big scandal. I have no clue what the real story really was but this seems far fetched.
I stopped it at the first chapter. Author is a speculator, and kind of rude.
Samantha is just fine.
The author is a jerk face know it all!