Behind the Palace Doors

  • by Michael Farquhar
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman's blade. Behind the Palace Doors features stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II; debunks historical myths; serves up surprising anecdotes; and covers four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors.
From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria's surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain's monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination.


What the Critics Say

"A palatable, lively rendition of the British imperial blues." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

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Don't waste your money

If you know absolutely zero about the British Monarchy, you might like this. However, if you are well versed in the monarchy, you should pass. This is one of the most boring books I ever heard. As a matter of fact, I did not go past Chapter 1. Chapter 1 took less than 30 minutes to listen to and covered the Wars of the Roses, Henry VII and Henry VIII. I can talk about what I know about Henry VIII alone and spend over 30 minutes. It is very much like a survey course. He hits the high points, but really doesn't go into any detail or discussion. I was very disappointed and would not recomment this to anyone.
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- Sharon

Better to barrow your child's history book

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

Someone stranded on a deserted island.

What could Michael Farquhar have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Lighten it's way to serious for the tittle he gave the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked [not loved mind you, but liked] the chapter about Elizabeth I.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was factual. The narrator was very good.

Any additional comments?

It's not that the book was poorly written; on the contrary, but, the tittle was extremely mis-leading. I thought the book would be more whimsical, comical, even sarcastic, but it wasn't; it simply read like a history book.

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- Lily of the Valley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio