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This is not Fromkin's best work. Though he purports to show the importance of the relationship between Edward VII and TR, much of what transpired was out of the hands of either. The author spends a great deal of time on the king's sex life, which would have made an interesting book on its own; here, it seems gratuitous. The king was well-traveled and cosmopolitan, yes. He knew lots of women. What about the diplomats he knew? The politicians at home? What were his political views? The TR section is pretty thin and mostly well-known.
As for the narration: Is there not a single soul out there to check the pronunciation of these narrators? Non-English (and some English) names and terms don't have a chance. Gare de l'Est, chaparral, hegemon get massacred. Even the king's last mistress's name, Keppel, has the accent on the wrong syllable.
Although the narrator has a pleasant voice, he often doesn't seem to have read passages in advance so that he would know where to put stresses. Instead, he affects a sing-song phrasing that's mind-numbing. With no clear pattern, he occasionally takes on a foreign accent to read quotations. This would be comical, possibly, if it were consistent, though this is not a comic read.
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