Once Upon a Time

  • by J.Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Actress Grace Kelly was swept away when the handsome Price Rainier, a man she barely knew, asked for her hand in marriage. If she married Rainier, she would be more than just a movie star, she would be Her Serene Royal Highness Princess Grace. Once in the palace, however, Grace found herself trapped in a fairy tale of her own making. Grace and Rainier may have been royalty, but they were also husband and wife, and parents, and, as such, just as vulnerable to the conflicts that can contaminate any household. Drawing upon hundreds of exclusive interviews with family and friends, Once Upon a Time portrays its subjects with passion and sympathy, revealing Grace, Rainier, Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie in ways both startling and compelling.

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What the Critics Say

"Illuminating political intrigue and complex family dynamics...vivid, full-blooded portraits." (Publishers Weekly)

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Portrait of a Pristine Princess

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for a sanitized, understated almost picture perfect portrayal of Princess Grace. I have read more in-depth narrative and learned more history about subjects of bios and memoirs in Vanity Fair. I understand this was written with the cooperation of the Kelly family and in that respect serves as an honorable biography of her life.


What was most disappointing about J.Randy Taraborrelli’s story?

I would have liked to learn more about her years in Hollywood and the strides she made as an independent career woman back in the day. Much of her movie star romances and adventures were very glossed over and given more as facts---ones that would be able to be read on-line for instance and are public knowledge/old news. I was hoping also for more detail about her decision to give up her career and marry Prince Rainier. I didn't learn anything new about Grace Kelly,nothing more than I've read over a lifetime in various publications with guarded and carefully chosen public relations requirements.


What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

He was excellent. A good choice for this bio.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Once Upon a Time?

I would mention the chapter numbers when moving to the next. There is no announcement or reference of what chapter you are moving into or reading. Some people like to follow up with the physical book but there is no reference here. Also, the music bridges, while a nice touch are entirely too long between the chapter breaks. At some points I thought the book had ended.


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- e.grace

Like a lengthy "Vanity Fair" magazine article.

I wish this had been available in unabridged form-I hate abridged versions if I can avoid it. Having said that, this is pretty good. Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator; it makes me think of the style & content of an article in "Vanity Fair" magazine, only longer. I was looking for something about the Ranier marriage that was not sensational; I got that. The author gives an introduction to the book & he is then interviewed (rather lengthy) after the book ends. It was published in 2003 so is not up to date on the death of Prince Ranier & the further doings of their children.
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- Kathleen McKinney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2003
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio