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George and Marina

By: Christopher Warwick
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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Summary

For eight brief years, before he was tragically killed in a mysterious air crash during the Second World War, Prince George, Duke of Kent, son of King George V and Queen Mary, and his beautiful wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, were the British monarchy's - indeed, high society's - most glamorous royal couple; and as golden royal icons, they are still remembered. As a young man voraciously addicted to drugs and sex with men as much as women, marriage and parenthood for the impetuously wayward playboy prince, with his nightclubbing lifestyle and intimate liaisons, was seen as the only stabilizing influence. Enter the stylish and sophisticated Princess Marina, the cultured, artistic, and multilingual youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and his Russian-born wife, Grand Duchess Yelena Vladimirovna. As Duke and Duchess of Kent, George and Marina were the Crown's most glittering representatives, not least in the aftermath of the abdication of George's adored elder brother, the briefly reigned King Edward VIII, the man not only with whom he had shared both home and high-flying lifestyles but who had helped cure him of his addiction to morphine and cocaine.

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Lots of name dropping

Every time there was a person, their lineage and connections were explained. Took away from the story. Also, seemed to skid over the juicy stuff. A sanitised read.

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Good overview of the Kents

Didn't know a lot about the Kents. Filled all the gaps. Not sensationalised and seemed balanced.

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I think the title of this biography needs to be inverted: Marina and George. After all, it is more about her than about him.

There is room for far more exploration of the royal and media archives, in Britain, Greece and elsewhere. Unfortunately, although ‘George and Marina’ starts fairly well, it peters out. More depth of character is needed, rather than reliance on ‘are they true?/ aren’t they cliches about Princess Marina, her rather addicted husband, George, her Danish/Greek/Russian background and any personal relationships she had.
I like the rather affected reading style, but feel let down by the silence at the end. Could an interview with Princess Alexandra nor have been done? Many such questions remain unanswered.

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Dull, plodding and surface deep

Mainly, I found it boring and learned very little. It all felt surface deep and the narrator did nothing to enliven the dull text. For all that they were the bright young things in the 1930s there isn't a sparkle left 80 years later. If the author had dug deeper, challenged beliefs and behaviour then we might have got to the core of this couple but we didn't.

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