The Royal We

Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,848 ratings)

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"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love - her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself - will have been for nothing.

©2015 Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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I deserve a medal for getting to the endless end.

This could have actually been a very nice, sweet romance novel but the romance covered 8 years and I felt like that is about how long it took for me to get through it. All the potential that this novel held - basics of a good plot and interesting characters - was completely buried in its absolute endlessness. This is an 8 or 9 hour novel that was 18 hours long.

This novel needed an editor SO badly. About the time something would happen that would move the storyline along, the author would derail it with ennnnndddddlllllleeeesssss details, distractions and digressions.

If you want to read a fun, interesting, lively, sweet love story of an American girl and a young prince, get, "Royally Screwed" by Emma Chase.

Don't waste your time -- lots and lots and lots of it -- with "The Royal We."

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Meh

This story was decent but I thought it was going to be a romance but its really primarily about the complications that arise from dating a prince and not necessarily about their relationship. In the beginning it shows how their relationship started but then all talk about their chemistry and scenes illustrating why they're together and love each other cease to exist after that.

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Very charming, but...

I so want to give this book five stars. It's charming, well written, touching, and a lot of fun. I love the Fug Girls (the authors) and their website, and I found the story to be engaging. I also came to adore nearly all of the supporting players...including Lady Bollocks and Pudge. But my feminist heart just can't completely get on board with this book because I found Bex to be a really, really disappointing heroine. Here we've got a girl who arrives in England brave, smart, and independent. Over the course of the novel, she relinquishes nearly everything that makes her who she is, all for the sake of keeping a man. She loves him fiercely, there's no doubt about that, and the times they spend together are lovely. It's a running theme--the idea that Bex is losing herself. Maybe the reality is that to live that royal life, she'd have to give herself up completely (though I hope not; I hope Kate Middleton managed to hang on to her soul). But I can't get behind a literary heroine who does that, and by the end, what I really wanted was for Bex to leave her prince, go home, get a job, and recapture who she was at the start. Like real people, I feel like characters in stories should evolve into something new and better. Your 20-year-old self shouldn't be your best self.

My favorite parts were when the group was at Oxford. I found all their shenanigans and adventures to be charming and fun. The stuff with Nick and his mother was wonderful and heartfelt, and I even didn't mind the soapy nature of the later twists and turns. If Bex had just managed to regain herself amid all the attacks and attempts to change her, I'd have loved it. But in the end, the message seems to be that to find true love and the joy that brings, you have to hide or even lose your soul. I just can't get behind that.

That said, the reader was fantastic.

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Authors paid by the word?

While looking for a light and fun book to listen to while doing different projects, I found The Royal We. Based on the majority of reviews, it sounded good so I ordered it. Main thing is I can't believe I listened to the whole book waiting for the good part. The story hoped to follow along Prince William and Princess Kate but other than their meeting at college, that's it. Nick, the one day King meets Rebecca, the American girl who grabs his heart, but who also does nothing but drink and watch TV and party along with their friends. The whole story is filled with the drama of drinking, sex, wrong person to have sex with, wrong sex to have sex with, jealousy and more crying than at 50 funerals. It is a poorly written story with the couple's entire relationship after 8 years based still on how hot they are for each other. A very silly book. Not worth a credit nor worth the credit of being published.

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A Cuddley Cinderella Story

This book is a harmless bit of fluff that does not tax one's brain to any great extent while listening to it over the course of a day or two. It's perfect escapist fiction on those days when one is nursing a headache, down with a wicked cold, or like me, ordered to bed because of an allergy attack that had my ebtire face swollen and both eyes just tiny slots. I needed something light and fun and this book was it. It was sbout twin sisters, the more common one, ends up at Oxford, and lo and behold snasng herself a prince, which causes the competitive juices of the pretty twin to run riot and soon, both are abroad in merry England chasing royalty. A comedy of errors ensues and the main character, Rebecca, and her her prince are apart and together numerous times, thanks to her fumbling, gorgeous twin, Lacey, who is out for herself. The twins are on the outs almost as much as with their men. Suffice to say it all work out in the end. This is not a book for a very mature reader. One will not get huge insights into the human psyche regarding love and life from it. It is as light as a feather and simply an okay book to pass the day with.

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Mindless enjoyment

I thoroughly enjoyed this summer read, but by no means would I recommend it as great literature or a profound work; it is simply a meaningless fairytale to get lost in while lounging on a beach, in bed, or wherever you choose to lounge. The number of familiarities with the current young royal couple (Will and Kate) and their families is almost too much to bear; I would have preferred more fiction than fact or close-to-fact.

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Sour Romance

I found myself actually hoping that Nick and Bex would break up and maybe revisit the relationship after a few years. I like romance novels because they usually leave you with a warm-fuzzy feeling, this one was a train wreck that left me feeling depressed.

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Okay

This story had potential but it was lacking. Nick was hardly in the story. Bex let Nick get away with too much. I did not see the love. I saw more of an attraction between Freddy and Bex more than Nick. This story was all over the place with a lot of unnecessary information about everything but the romance between Nick and Bex. The story was too long unnecessarily. The person who did the voices was outstanding. She was better than the book.

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Not for me!

I usually love royal romance. Not this one! I don't think I can finish it. The narrator had a difficult time with the accents, too.

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The narrator and book are lacking.

The narrator and the book itself are both lacking. It was not my style at all but might be just what another likes.

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