Prince William has emerged as the people's prince, surfacing from a lifetime of scrutiny and speculation as a discerning and charming young man, determined to serve the nation he loves. His wedding to long-term sweetheart Kate Middleton last year was watched by over two billion people around the world. Protective of his new bride, William has emphasised that he's keen to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. William has inherited an instinctive empathy for others, and in both his professional and personal life, he has demonstrated a rare ability to get on with people from all walks of life.
In Born to Be King acclaimed royal writer Penny Junor tells his fascinating story - from growing up in the spotlight; the tragic death of his mother; his career serving in the RAF; the love story with Kate and their fairy-tale wedding. This is the definitive portrait of a remarkable young man.
©2012 Penny Junor (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
By plain I do not mean dull but unadorned.
There is no enhancement and Ms Junor tells it like it is/was without sensationalism.
Included in the book for obvious reasons are passages about Diana, Princess of Wales, and these episodes are told with no punches pulled, in a truthful and believable manner.
Still listening to a somewhat rehashed telling of the entire Charles and Diana story with only brief references to prince William so far. BUT I am horrified at the inclusion of various quotes read by a cast of voice over 'artists' who seem to be trying to out do each other with simply awful impersonations. The accents of people such as John major and Tiggy Legg Burke as an example are beyond imagination. Penny Junor is fine reading her own work but why the editor or publisher thought that it was a good idea to use 'actors' for the quotes is beyond me. They really spoil what is a reasonably good audio book. Message to publisher: PLEASE DONT DO IT AGAIN!!
Wife, mother, reader. Preferred genres include psychological fact and fiction, comedy and (auto)biography.
Royal biographer Penny Junor has nailed her colours to the past in books such as 'Charles: Victim or Villain?' where she seems to take Charles' side over Diana's. This book has a fairly similar first few chapters, where William's early life is picked over in the shadow of his parents' disintegrating marriage. I'm not really sure that, nearly twenty years after her death, that the late Princess can really be retrospectively diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder?
William comes across as a very single-minded individual with an underlying core of steel. He is charming in his everyday life in regard to his military and charity commitments, but there's more to him than that, which comes across quite strongly in the text. I'm not altogether sure that he's a particularly pleasant person. The sheer number of chapters concerning his extensive charity work become boring after a while.
As for the narration: author Penny Junor's plummy tones were very suitable, but the other voice actors who read the quotations were pretty awful, with special reference to some of the 'urban' accents they attempted.
This book could be historically interesting, except for the author's loyalty to the Winsors. The author explains and justifies all royal errors and mistakes which, makes the royal story unbelieveable. The book is a good
public relations piece for the Winsors, and a poor excuse for a book of recent history.
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