Only Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Tatler, England's glossiest gossip magazine, as well as Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, could possibly give us the truth. Tina knew Diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen.
In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them. Among them are Diana's sexually charged mother, her bad-girl sister-in-law, Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker Bowles, the ultimate "other woman", into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.
©2007 Tina Brown; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Tina Brown has produced something that is, as well as absorbing and stirring, witty and penetrating." (Christopher Hitchens)
"A delightfully smart and insightful book that...weaves a compelling human drama into a rich social history." (Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe)
"This is not only first-rate biography, but a marvelous social history, and a bitingly accurate portrait of the English upper classes." (Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives and Ike)
I loved the structure of the novel and the detailed snippets of her life from various interviews and sources.
Her many voices and clarity of voice are exceptional. She intones well and I feel as though I am listening to a movie playing.
It's very lengthy, which is a good thing but it is exceptional to still be engaged in this book even though I knew all the major points of Princess Diana's life.
You feel the heartbreak of betrayal that Diana feels in the story, and it is almost painful to listen to her spiraling downwards. Even though you know how the story ends, you want to sit through it with her.
great book all around, well read - pleasant to hear, and the writer is fantastic - filled with information. I highly recommend this book
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What could be better than a dishy book, written by an accomplished author with an unfashionably large vocabulary and a great sense of social and cultural history, read by a marvelous reader whose mastery of French pronunciation is as flawless as her English? Entertaining, enlightening, and totally engaging, this is a marvelous book. I heartily recommend it to all lovers of first-rate biography.
This is by far the best book I have personally read about the late Princess of Wales. It takes the reader through the entire saga that captivated the world of the 80's and 90's. It is honest and quite balanced, and cuts Diana no more slack than any of the other players of this most talked about marriage of the 20th century. After completion, i am left with the comstant sadness that was Diana's lot in life, and a great deal of respect for the Pince of Wales I had never had. I truly believe after listening to this book, that this marriage may have actually had a chance were it not for the continually overbearing circumstances these two encountered. And on a deeper level, am left with the feeling that they both retained a genuine tenderness for each other. They were both loving, they were both spiteful, they were both human beings.
I could not think of anything that was left out.
Just when you think the writer is biased toward Diana, she gives info that makes you realise that here is a person being presented warts and all and you still love her.
I like the way her last day was dealt with. There seemed to be info about the crash that I had not heard before.
Yes....plus there were times that although you see the best in Diana...there are other times you would have liked to shake her and say WTF! For a loving and caring person....pushing her mother in law down the stairs was totally upsurd! I can't believe she would do that!
I think if Diana had shown the empathy and love to those closest to her as she did to strangers she would have been a happier person.
I also think Charles missed a golden opportunity to mould this young girl to be the woman of his dreams. Very sad.
This was an icky book. Nothing to do with the reader, who was adequate, but it is very gossipy and more than a bit negative. At the end I felt in need of something to get rid of the mean-spirited feeling that dominates the listen. I have no idea how much of it is true...if even a fraction is fact, then I pity the Royals. I am no fan of them, but no one deserves this type of National Enquirer treatment at the hands of someone like Tina Brown. Shame on her for either making it up or bringing to light stuff that is none of her business. Ick.
Parts were boring, and it did seem to drag on.
Looking for a gossipy read, yes I would. Otherwise no I would not.
She did an excellent job reading the book.
This is an interesting book, although the one by Sarah Bradford is better. I was extremely disappointed in the audio quality of this book. There is an echo and the narrator sounds like she's in a tunnel. I expected much better for the price.
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 definitely one of the worst books I've read about the Princess. I managed to listen to all of it but it was not what I hoped for.
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