Game of Crowns

  • by Christopher Andersen
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of William and Kate and The Day Diana Died takes a compulsively listenable look into the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton.
One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet - a wily stateswoman and an enduring symbol of a fading institution. One is the great-granddaughter of a king's mistress and a celebrated homewrecker who survived a firestorm of scorn to marry her lover and replace her archrival, a beloved 20th-century figure. One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a self-made entrepreneur, a fashion idol, and wife and mother to two future kings.
Master biographer Christopher Andersen takes listeners behind palace walls to examine the surprising similarities and stark differences among three remarkable women - Queen Elizabeth; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Princess Kate. Andersen reveals what transpires within the royal family away from the public's prying eyes; how the women actually feel about each other; how they differ as lovers, wives, and mothers; and how they are reshaping the landscape of the monarchy in this addictive listen that will shock even those who are spellbound by the royal palace.


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A Well Reasoned Vision of the Future of the British Monarchy

This book is part biography, part analysis, of the highest ranking royals in Britain. It has its gossipy aspects, but what Mr Andersen does best in this book is provide us with a vision of the future of the monarchy after the death of Queen Elizabeth. He lays out his reasoning in straightforward terms that most of us would likely agree. As for myself, I have come to a wait-and-see attitude in terms of the rule of Charles III (in my opinion, a bad choice of name given the experience of those that took the name so very long ago). A very enjoyable and, at times, insightful read.

Mr. Prebble's reading was measured and hit just the right tone to perform this slightly gossipy prose. I especially enjoyed his impersonation of Prince Phillip, which caused me to laugh out loud.
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- Lady Margaret "Lady M"


It was very disappointing and poorly put together. There were some parts that felt like they were copied word for word from Paul Burrell's book about Diana. Very badly done. I would not recommend this to anyone.
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- Brenda "I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio