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The Royals Audiobook

The Royals

They are the most chronicled family on the face of the globe. Their every move attracts headlines. Scores of books have tried and failed to penetrate the royal facade. Now Kitty Kelley has gone behind palace walls to provide the first three-dimensional, comprehensive, and evenhanded portrait of the men and women who make up the British Royal family.
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They are the most chronicled family on the face of the globe. Their every move attracts headlines. Scores of books have tried and failed to penetrate the royal facade. Now Kitty Kelley has gone behind palace walls to provide the first three-dimensional, comprehensive, and evenhanded portrait of the men and women who make up the British Royal family.

Kelley spent more than four years investigating the royal family. In addition to meticulous research into documented sources, she conducted hundreds of exclusive interviews with past and present employees of the royal household, royal friends and relations, courtiers, members of Parliament, and other intimate observers, raising the curtain on this most secretive family. Here are lonely royal children brought up without a proper education in isolated and artificial surroundings, 20th-century adolescents with 19th-century touchstones. Here are the sexual ambiguities, the alcoholism, gambling, and womanizing that were common in the House of Windsor long before Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. No one is spared; here are the scandals of the last decades: the doomed marriages, and the husbands, wives, lovers, and children caught in their wake and damaged beyond repair.

Illuminating the Windsors' arrogance, naiveté , and lusts - as well as hard work, dedication, and ability to survive the most humiliating disclosures - The Royals is Kitty Kelley's richest, most iconoclastic, historically significant, and compelling work.

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    Sheila G. 02-12-16
    Sheila G. 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A titillating and delightful insight...."

    I love Kitty Kelley's work and this is about a far and truthful insight I believe you're going to get. Riveting from beginning to end, I found the only thing to irk me a bit was the narrator's occasional mispronunciation, (Al, as in the word pal, thorp. Diana Spencer's home of Althorp should have been pronounced All-throp). A slight oddity, I accept, but that's just how we pronounce it here. I found a few of these. Apart from a few of these little slip ups in the narration - which would never have bothered the reader, only the audiobook listener - I loved The Royals and couldn't stop listening to it. I think though the exploits of the Duke have been underplayed, but, at the risk of making the story too much about him, I suppose the finished product is well rounded and very entertaining.

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    Dorothy Lamb Dallas Texas 02-19-15
    Dorothy Lamb Dallas Texas 02-19-15 Member Since 2014

    I love classics and non-fiction!

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    "Very interesting"

    I thought this biography to be well written and insightful. if you're interested in the British royal family, you'll find this paced nicely and informative without being plodding. It fills in a lot of gaps and explains the back story of the current royals and their foibles. of course, it was written before there was the Middleton family, so there's nothing more recent really than Prince Charles and Camila. the voice recording is good and pleasant to listen too. All in all a worthwhile story.

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    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 05-02-15
    Charlotte HONOLULU, HI, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "nothing unexpected"

    interesting gossipy book. the class system in England is outdated and creates bizarre intolerable behavior. maybe the monarchy has reached its end.

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  • Eileen W
    1/19/16
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    "Fantastic listen"

    Excellent story and an eye opener for sure. Highly recommend.Changed my view of the Monarcy somewhat

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  • H.A.B.
    1/14/16
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    "FACINATING - well written and marvelous presented"
    If you could sum up The Royals in three words, what would they be?

    FACINATING - INTRIGUING - AMAZING


    What did you like best about this story?

    i liked the fact that it gives an overall view on the Royal family ... without mercy - everybody was portrait... well put together ...


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    there are too many to list them all ..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nothing moved me...but it ALL FASCINATED ME fascinated


    Any additional comments?

    this book is well researched, puts it all together and one truly gets the whole Royal Family presented - and lots of little details create an amazing picture....

    once you read or listened to this book you can forget all the other books....

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  • kindle lover 46
    12/4/14
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    "excellennt better late than never"
    Where does The Royals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First book I have read from audible very controversial when first published in fact a German friend brought it to uk it was banned in Britain. Easy to dip into narrAtion.even if you have to take a lot of it with pinch o salt it is thought provoking .o


    What did you like best about this story?

    Old scandal and rumour. The fact that it can now be read shows just how much Times have changed


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not really applicable. But I enjoyed reading about just how much the pomp has diminished


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

    It was a shock to read just how much bowing and scraping went on.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the quality of the diction very clear if this is typical of audible I will be very pleased

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  • Ann
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    8/2/14
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    "More accurate than the media drivel!"
    Any additional comments?

    I suspect Kitty Kelley received heavy criticism because her books reveal things that powerful people don't want revealed. Her sources here are former servants, formal documents and people who have witnessed interactions between each of these royals and others at public events. When the book was published, it was trashed as fantasy and rubbish. Since then solid evidence has come to light that confirms much of what Kelley wrote, including the two Royal children who were 'stored' in a psychiatric hospital until they died recently, this because their Learning Disabilities were considered an embarrassment.

    This book is well written and narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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