The King in Love

  • by Theo Aronson
  • Narrated by Shaun Grindell
  • 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The King in Love is an all-embracing account of the loves of that celebrated royal womanizer, Edward VII - as prince of Wales and as king. It is also a study of the three women with whom the king was most deeply in love - his "official" mistresses, Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick, and Alice Keppel.
Spanning three decades and packed with incident, scandal, and high romance, the story is set in the extravagant and hypocritical world of late Victorian and Edwardian society. It is full of colorful characters: Edward's beautiful and betrayed wife, Alexandra; the three cuckolded husbands - Edward Langtry, the earl of Warwick, and the Honorable George Keppel; the flamboyant Oscar Wilde; the sensuous Sarah Bernhardt; the dissipated Prince Albert Victor; and the sexually complex W. E. Gladstone.
Royal biographer Theo Aronson draws on new and unfamiliar material in this vivid book and reassesses many aspects of his subjects' lives. He challenges long-established myths and reveals much that was hitherto unknown - not least the extraordinary scene that took place at the deathbed of King Edward VII. The result is a brilliant evocation of a world and a way of life that is gone forever.


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Customer Reviews

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Better than I thought it would be

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would.

I was a little hesitant about it at first because I feared ‘the biography of 3 nobodies’ might be a bit dry, but it wasn’t boring at all! I’m glad I took the chance - I found it really interesting and I actually learned a thing or two!

(If you want to read more about Edward VII, I can easily recommend “Bertie: A Life of Edward VII” by Jane Ridley)

I completely agree with other reviews regarding the terrible narration. It really was awful! A cross between an overzealous newscaster and Capt. Kirk it was almost impossible to tolerate. One reviewer suggested listening in fast forward (which I do anyway at 1.5X) so I tried switching over to triple time and it did help… but barely.

After listening for a while I got used to it and didn’t notice as much, but I can easily see how someone could have trouble pushing through even the first 15 minutes and completely abandoning it.
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- Simone "Follow me on Goodreads too!"

good read, bad listen

This is a well-written and engaging read centered on the affairs of Prince/King Edward VII. The character portraits are very well drawn and enlivened with extracts from correspondence and other contemporary documents which provide eye-witness accounts, interesting anecdotes, and titillating gossip. Both the Prince/King and his society and times are brought to life so the story is a real step back into a fascinating era. What a pity about the narrator. His accent and voice are very pleasant, but he reads as though there are commas randomly strewn throughout every sentence. Without this truly irritating idiosyncrasy the book would be a good few hours shorter. Then there are the jarring mispronunciations: to pick just a few French examples: nouveaux riches, Comédie-Française, Jeanne Marie (how Jeanne becomes 'Zherna' I can't think). Some might forgive stumbles over foreign words, but English words fare no better: ebullient, revel, diminutives, palliative, plover, again to note just a few. Anyone not annoyed by irregular and incorrect sentence rhythm and mispronunciations should find this an enjoyable book.
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- Robyn "Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio