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"Illuminating political intrigue and complex family dynamics...vivid, full-blooded portraits." (Publishers Weekly)
I wish this had been available in unabridged form-I hate abridged versions if I can avoid it. Having said that, this is pretty good. Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator; it makes me think of the style & content of an article in "Vanity Fair" magazine, only longer. I was looking for something about the Ranier marriage that was not sensational; I got that. The author gives an introduction to the book & he is then interviewed (rather lengthy) after the book ends. It was published in 2003 so is not up to date on the death of Prince Ranier & the further doings of their children.
I was looking for something more informative, less gossipy. So much of Princess Grace's life is so well-known; this book didn't provide revelatory passages of any complexity.
Also, the book is out-of-date. Ranier is dead; Albert has assumed the throne. The new prince's clandestine oat-sowing has made the news.
One question I have for the author is: Why do these Grimaldis even bother to call themselves Catholic? A chapter on hypocrisy would have been welcome. (I'm not religious, but then again, I'm neither movie star, Hello magazine material, nor a petty despot.
I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for a sanitized, understated almost picture perfect portrayal of Princess Grace. I have read more in-depth narrative and learned more history about subjects of bios and memoirs in Vanity Fair. I understand this was written with the cooperation of the Kelly family and in that respect serves as an honorable biography of her life.
I would have liked to learn more about her years in Hollywood and the strides she made as an independent career woman back in the day. Much of her movie star romances and adventures were very glossed over and given more as facts---ones that would be able to be read on-line for instance and are public knowledge/old news. I was hoping also for more detail about her decision to give up her career and marry Prince Rainier. I didn't learn anything new about Grace Kelly,nothing more than I've read over a lifetime in various publications with guarded and carefully chosen public relations requirements.
He was excellent. A good choice for this bio.
I would mention the chapter numbers when moving to the next. There is no announcement or reference of what chapter you are moving into or reading. Some people like to follow up with the physical book but there is no reference here. Also, the music bridges, while a nice touch are entirely too long between the chapter breaks. At some points I thought the book had ended.
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It’s always enjoyable to read about interesting figures in pop-culture; however one thing I don’t like about biographies set in the present or the recent past, is that towards the end when they get to “the present” it’s often outdated. Reading about Prince Rainier’s future is a little odd since he’s dead!
Another example: I recently saw a biography featuring Charles & Camilla and all the Royal Pundits were unanimous that they could NEVER get married… ever!... kinda stupid now that they’ve been happily-hitched since 2005!
Other than that one annoyance, it was a pleasant read.
Yes I would, the audio editon makes the book come "alive" for the reader.
The ending...to see how the main character's life actually affected the masses outside of her family.
Everything, he is a very effective reader.
Overall the book was very good.
It is my alternative to listening to music...I read constantly now that I puchased a Kindle six months ago. I had not read a book for enjoyment in decades...within the last six months I have read 25 books. Now with audio ...that number will probably double. Audio makes reading more enjoyable. It is fasinating that you can actually pick the narrator for your books. I continue to be amazed at the flexiblity of Kindle...it has open many doors for me..
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