The Golden Prince : Edward & Wallis

  • by Rebecca Dean
  • Narrated by Amy Hall
  • Series: Edward & Wallis
  • 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Edward VIII became notorious for abandoning the throne for Mrs Simpson, but in the summer of 1911 he was a prince straight from the pages of a fairy-tale. Raised by the harsh disciplinarian King George V and his unfeeling Queen Mary, the prince longed for the warmth that had been deprived of him.
The high society Houghton girls' lives however, were full of fun, both at their magnificent family seat Snowberry, and at the whirlwind of glamorous parties which punctuated their lives. When a moment of serendipity brings Edward and Lily Houghton together, the pressures of a stuffy court are replaced with the lightness that Edward has dreamt of.
But a future monarch could not choose his own Queen, and even an enduring love might falter under the furious gaze of a King. Could the devotion of Edward and Lily triumph against him and the impending doom of World War I? Or would they bow to the inevitable and set in train events that could bring down the Crown, and change the course of history forever?


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Disappointing and dull

I enjoyed Enemies of the Heart a lot and purchased this in the hopes of an equally good listen. I was disappointed. The Golden Prince is proving a struggle to get through (ALMOST finished - phew!). All the details about royal customs and the intricacies of European royal alliances just bore me and I am not awestruck. It beats you over the head with a hundred variations on the theme of Oh wow, an-ordinary-girl-is-talking-in-an-ordinary-way-to-a-real-prince! How amazing!" Yeah, I got that first time around. Still not awestruck.

Both central characters are wishy-washy, boring, immature and totally uninteresting. The only reason for the two-star rating (rather than one) is the other sisters and their stories. Wish the book had been only about them.

The narration is good, apart from the excruciating "French" and "Russian" accents. Oh dear.

But I do recommend Enemies of the Heart.
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- Fibri


This turned out to be not only a brilliant novel but left me wanting more. I thought it may have been the same old story and was surprised by the sensitivity, fun and exasperation expressed by the author which completely drew me into the storyline. Highly recommended.
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- Triana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-10-2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited