Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

Author(s): Craig Brown
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Aug 07, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.38 hours)
Product Number: Z100137787
Released: Aug 07, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250311634
Narrator/s: Eleanor Bron
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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A witty and profound audiobook portrait of the most talked-about English royal. She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy. Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown's Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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Author(s): Craig Brown
Product Number EB00720577
Released: Aug 07, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374719685

Professional reviews

"Narrator Eleanor Bron confidently uses her British accent to charm and mildly hypnotize listeners with this disappointing loose biography of Queen's Elizabeth's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret. The royal herself was vivacious, artsy, and elegant--and often known to exhibit sudden changes in mood. This audiobook ultimately gives no clear understanding of or even shallow insight into her character in its 99 vignettes, roughly chronological in sequence, each representing a chapter. Nonetheless, Bron provides a skillful, witty, and well-paced performance of this vapid work, which attempts to answer the question of what one is to do when one realizes life apexed at the age of 6. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"