Anna and the King of Siam
- The Book That Inspired the Musical and Film 'The King and I'
- Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
- Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-11-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Mission Audio
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Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. Stepping off the steamer from London, Anna found herself in an exotic land she could have only dreamed. It was a lush landscape of mystic faiths and curious people, and king's palace bustling with royal pageantry, ancient custom, and harems. One of her pupils, the young prince Chulalongkorn, was particularly influenced by Leonowens and her Western ideals. He learned about Abraham Lincoln and the tenets of democracy from her, and years later he would become Siam's most progressive king. He guided the country's transformation from a feudal state to a modern society, abolishing slavery and making many other radical reforms.
Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, Margret Landon recreates an unforgettable portrait of life in a forgotten exotic land. Written more than fifty years ago, and translated into dozens of languages, Anna and the King of Siam (the inspiration for the magical play and film The King and I) continues to delight and enchant readers around the world.
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By Ellenaeddy on 03-30-13
This is one of my favorite childhood books. I'm so grateful this is unabridged and so well done.
We forget that at one point, slavery was not only a law of lands but a hallowed tradition in many lands. The mix of culture here is a brilliant but violent clash. The sense of this woman of one world in another could be a trip to fairy land but it is all real. all in a not very long ago. highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Janae on 04-24-14
Anna was part of Siam's destiny.
If you could sum up Anna and the King of Siam in three words, what would they be?
What did you like best about this story?
Anna kept her wits about her when most people would of run away.
Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?
The head wife, but I can't spell her name.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Shocked at the Kings drastic mood swings.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed the book and watched the latest movie with Jody Foster in it to get a sense of the country. The book was better at telling the story and of course explaining the characters that the movie just skimmed over.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful