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Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier | [J.Randy Taraborrelli]

Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier

Once Upon a Time there was a woman who embodied the secret fantasies of every woman of her time. She was a classic beauty, the daughter of a millionaire, an Academy Award-winning actress, and then, after she married Rainier of Monaco, a real-life princess. This audiobooks takes an unprecedented look at the lives of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier and answers the question: Did they live happily ever after?
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Publisher's Summary

Actress Grace Kelly was swept away when the handsome Price Rainier, a man she barely knew, asked for her hand in marriage. If she married Rainier, she would be more than just a movie star, she would be Her Serene Royal Highness Princess Grace. Once in the palace, however, Grace found herself trapped in a fairy tale of her own making. Grace and Rainier may have been royalty, but they were also husband and wife, and parents, and, as such, just as vulnerable to the conflicts that can contaminate any household. Drawing upon hundreds of exclusive interviews with family and friends, Once Upon a Time portrays its subjects with passion and sympathy, revealing Grace, Rainier, Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie in ways both startling and compelling.

©2003 Rose Books; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks. a division on the AOL Time Warner Book Group.

What the Critics Say

"Illuminating political intrigue and complex family dynamics...vivid, full-blooded portraits." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathleen Hemet, CA, United States 10-25-11
    Kathleen Hemet, CA, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Like a lengthy "Vanity Fair" magazine article."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron New York, NY, United States 02-01-09
    Ron New York, NY, United States 02-01-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Too shallow"

    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.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    e.grace 04-30-14
    e.grace 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about J.Randy Taraborrelli’s story?

    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.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He was excellent. A good choice for this bio.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Once Upon a Time?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 01-23-13
    Simone 01-23-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Pleasant"

    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.

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    Jane Doee Whiting, NJ 05-15-12
    Jane Doee Whiting, NJ 05-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Upon a Time to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would, the audio editon makes the book come "alive" for the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Once Upon a Time?

    The ending...to see how the main character's life actually affected the masses outside of her family.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Everything, he is a very effective reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Overall the book was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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