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
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.
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.
Learned a lot about the history and expectations of the British royal family
Fabulous voice - have enjoyed him in the Winemaker Detective Series - elegant
Yes - really ruined all my plans for the week-end! Couldn't stop listening!
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.
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.
A slightly more literate version of the Daily Mail
Gossip par excellence
Always the Best - reading the phone book, or anything else
Wish it could have gone on twice as long!
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.
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.
British radio producer; storyteller, folk historian and book addict. I rely on audio books to help me fit in extra reading.
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.
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.
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
A very dull rehash of Royal info. Boringly read by the usual great Simon Prebble.
enjoyable but does not contain anything new. narration is soothing and easy to listen to
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