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The Diana Chronicles | [Tina Brown]

The Diana Chronicles

In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she "the people's princess", who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy?

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dee Austin, TX, USA 10-04-07
    Dee Austin, TX, USA 10-04-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Need a shower..."

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Stansell 03-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fair, detailed, and heartfelt."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to The Diana Chronicles the most enjoyable?

    I could not think of anything that was left out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the way her last day was dealt with. There seemed to be info about the crash that I had not heard before.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Galesburg, MI United States 01-09-13
    Amanda Galesburg, MI United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Read Well, But Gossipy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts were boring, and it did seem to drag on.


    Would you recommend The Diana Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?

    Looking for a gossipy read, yes I would. Otherwise no I would not.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job reading the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oconto, WI, USA 07-03-07
    Rachel Oconto, WI, USA 07-03-07
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    "Horrible Audio Quality"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 04-02-10
    Brenda 04-02-10

    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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    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BR Madame 11-08-09
    BR Madame 11-08-09

    Due to brain injury I need to listen to books.I can read but written words don't make sense.Also some audio books don't either.Tks for credt

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    "Who Edited This Book"

    This is one of the strangest books I have ever listen to. It starts off with Diana getting into the car at the hotel then a few minutes later it talks about the crash. After that, it reads like a 'pulp fiction' book, jumping around from different times in her life then back to when she was young, then to a part of her princess years. Good luck, I hope you can keep track of what year she is in.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-31-08
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-31-08 Member Since 2006

    malfi

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    "Interesting, but . . ."

    extremely repetitive. Also, the book is not exactly chronological, and the author's leaping from year to year can be hard to follow. I don't hink I learned anything much new about Diana--but I do enjoy reading/hearing about her.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 07-07-07
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 07-07-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Not a Page Turner!"

    Some interesting information........but the book is entirely too fragmented. I have rarely read or listened to a book that jumps back and forth in time the way this one does. Very easy to put down and no sense of compulsion to pick up again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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