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Game of Crowns Audiobook

Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne

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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of William and Kate and The Day Diana Died takes a compulsively listenable look into the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton.

One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet - a wily stateswoman and an enduring symbol of a fading institution. One is the great-granddaughter of a king's mistress and a celebrated homewrecker who survived a firestorm of scorn to marry her lover and replace her archrival, a beloved 20th-century figure. One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a self-made entrepreneur, a fashion idol, and wife and mother to two future kings.

Master biographer Christopher Andersen takes listeners behind palace walls to examine the surprising similarities and stark differences among three remarkable women - Queen Elizabeth; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Princess Kate. Andersen reveals what transpires within the royal family away from the public's prying eyes; how the women actually feel about each other; how they differ as lovers, wives, and mothers; and how they are reshaping the landscape of the monarchy in this addictive listen that will shock even those who are spellbound by the royal palace.

©2016 Christopher Andersen (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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    Roxfan n cos 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Well Reasoned Vision of the Future of the British Monarchy"

    This book is part biography, part analysis, of the highest ranking royals in Britain. It has its gossipy aspects, but what Mr Andersen does best in this book is provide us with a vision of the future of the monarchy after the death of Queen Elizabeth. He lays out his reasoning in straightforward terms that most of us would likely agree. As for myself, I have come to a wait-and-see attitude in terms of the rule of Charles III (in my opinion, a bad choice of name given the experience of those that took the name so very long ago). A very enjoyable and, at times, insightful read.

    Mr. Prebble's reading was measured and hit just the right tone to perform this slightly gossipy prose. I especially enjoyed his impersonation of Prince Phillip, which caused me to laugh out loud.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    louise BETHESDA, MD, United States 04-28-16
    louise BETHESDA, MD, United States 04-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, interesting, love the narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Game of Crowns the most enjoyable?

    Have really enjoyed the author's work on other stories - this is also fun.Simon Prebble - couldn't have chosen a better voice for this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learned a lot about the history and expectations of the British royal family


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fabulous voice - have enjoyed him in the Winemaker Detective Series - elegant


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - really ruined all my plans for the week-end! Couldn't stop listening!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 04-28-16
    Peter 04-28-16 Member Since 2009
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    "An excellent listening experience."

    From the first chapter to the last, the listener becomes well versed in the shady but redeeming experiences of love lost, infidelity, power and when compromise is your only way out you take it at Buckingham Palace.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jill BUENA PARK, CA, United States 05-27-16
    Jill BUENA PARK, CA, United States 05-27-16 Member Since 2016

    Jill

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    "Didn't care for it."

    The narrator was wonderful and I enjoyed his voice, will look up some of his other books and have a listen! The content of this book didn't hold my attention very well and I stopped listening about half way through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Godwillen 05-21-16
    Godwillen 05-21-16

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    "Trashy Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Game of Crowns the most enjoyable?

    A slightly more literate version of the Daily Mail


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gossip par excellence


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always the Best - reading the phone book, or anything else


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it could have gone on twice as long!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 05-19-16
    Brenda 05-19-16

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Disappointing"

    It was very disappointing and poorly put together. There were some parts that felt like they were copied word for word from Paul Burrell's book about Diana. Very badly done. I would not recommend this to anyone.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Florence 07-04-16
    Florence 07-04-16 Member Since 2016

    British radio producer; storyteller, folk historian and book addict. I rely on audio books to help me fit in extra reading.

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    "OK! magazine in book form"

    I'm slightly ashamed that I read this. It's a gossipy long form article, that is quite enjoyable. (Not that I'd ever admit that I've either read it or enjoyed it).
    I wasn't expecting any new insights, and I didn't get any. Christopher Andersen saved me the trouble of gathering together every piece of gossip on the royals, as he did it for me quite neatly.
    I learned nothing new. I was guiltily amused.

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    Rosie ibarra 09-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So-so story"

    I agree with previous reviews that most of the information in this book I had already read about in the tabloids. Nothing new or earth shattering. However, the narrators slow drone voice just made the book seem to drag on forever.

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    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 08-04-16
    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 08-04-16 Member Since 2016

    I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

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    "Nothing New or Exciting Here"

    A very dull rehash of Royal info. Boringly read by the usual great Simon Prebble.

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    "enjoyable"

    enjoyable but does not contain anything new. narration is soothing and easy to listen to

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