• Charles and Camilla

  • Portrait of a Love Affair
  • By: Gyles Brandreth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-09-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (50 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a story of the most well documented, most commented on love affair of our times. Yet the personalities behind the facade remain elusive and the nature of their relationship is an enigma. This is the first major biography of Charles and Camilla, two people who have battled against the curious lot that fate has thrown their way.
Gyles Brandreth returns to the same ground as his last book, the bestselling Philip and Elizabeth; Portrait of a Marriage. This again will be a unique royal biography, as the author has met all the principal players, has had privileged access to the royal family. This will be a powerful and revealing portrait of a remarkable relationship, told with authority and insight and illustrated with photographs from the royal collection.
©2005 Gyles Brandreth (P)2014 Audible Studios
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Critic Reviews

"Book of the year... Riveting, gossipy and touching" (Mail on Sunday)
"Could this be the best book ever written about the Royal Family?... A masterpiece" (Sunday Express)
"Utterly fascinating" (Andrew Marr, Start the Week)
"Highly accomplished... there is much here to entertain and inform" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Completely fascinating - written by the man who really knows" (Richard and Judy)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
3 out of 5 stars
By Pita on 12-16-14

Enjoyable but not "juicy"

What did you like best about Charles and Camilla? What did you like least?

I was in the mood for something gossipy, so I picked this up. I should have known that everything that could be said about Charles and Camilla has already been said. She made better copy as a Mistress than she does as a wife. There is a lot about the Diana days here (way too much). And there is a fairly long section about the infidelities of several monarchs of old...interesting information but not well integrated within this narrative.

What does Stephen Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The best part of this listen was the narrator, who was pitch perfect. Although the book has no new information, it is fairly well written so the narrator was able to make it flow.

Do you think Charles and Camilla needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Goodness, no.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 12-11-14

Nothing New and Yet Still Sad

I am glad I bought the audiobook because I love Stephen Thorne's voice. But as much as I love history, I really didn't need a review of the extramarital affairs of British rulers, beginning with an Anglo Saxon King, rocketing on through James II, William and Mary, not of course skipping the Regency, Wallis Simpson, and everyone in between. We hear about Camilla's childhood, the Prince of Wales childhood, Diana's childhood, (of course she was still in her teens when she became engaged to the Prince of Wales, and btw what was her family thinking). We hear again about Diana's feelings about Charles and Camilla, and a discussion of whether they were founded. (duh) We hear the famous phone conversation between Charles and Camilla which was illicitly recorded.

I expect I am not the only person who wanted to know how these people survived the firestorm surrounding their relationship for so many years, and was naive enough to expect it to be told in a book. How have they survived such personal vilification, from being accused of bringing down the Monarchy, to being really repulsive people. Obviously many marriages crumple under much less pressure. Still these two people are still clinging to each other.

The author of this book, and his unnamed friends of the Royals, state repeatedly that the Prince of Wales and his Duchess are not talking to the press. Finally a little dignity in silence. Still I would like to know how they stood the pressure, without turning on each other, and just not giving in and giving up.

I bought this audiobook on impulse. I wish I had not.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joan on 03-03-18

Fascinating Detailed Account Of Royal Life

I loved this book. Gyles Brandreth did extensive research and interviews and he is a great biographer. (And friend of Prince Philip) The detailed history from both families was fascinating and I was completely absorbed throughout. Stephen Thorne is an excellent narrator too, which always makes a difference. I know I will return to this audiobook again and again as there is so much information and dare I say, entertainment,to be had. Gyles covers Charles and Diana’s marriage with honesty too. This is a rich and expansive look at how times have changed for the British Royal Family. I highly recommend this book.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa Cooper on 03-29-16

The fairy tale of Charles and Camilla.

This book has taken me behind the scenes of the events that led up to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall. It tries tells the story of, in Diana Princess of Wales , a marriage with three people in it. An easy listening book which should appeal to most people.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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