George III

A Personal History
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.00 hours)
Product Number: Z00430
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449875077
Narrator/s: Simon Prebble
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Description

Renowned historian Christopher Hibbert offers an accessible and enlightening portrait of George III, one of England most misunderstood monarchs. George III is most often remembered as the tyrant who taxed American colonists into a revolution. In recent years he has been portrayed in film as a madman clad in a nightshirt running through the halls of his palace. Neither view captures the life of a man who held the throne during a time when the absolute right of a ruler was being called into question. The portrait that emerges here is of a shy, unassuming man destined to be king. A dedicated patron of the arts, he was a devoted family man who tragically suffered from a debilitating hereditary disease. Christopher Hibbert has written a sympathetic yet balanced biography that reads like a novel. The combination of his prose and Simon Prebble's excellent narration will transport listeners into the life and times of George III.

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Professional reviews

"George III's life history unfolds like a fairy tale as Simon Prebble's soft voice transforms the text into a dramatic intrigue of jeweled crowns, castles, archbishops, and hunts on horseback. To emphasize a phrase, the narrator lowers his speech to a whisper. When the king goes mad, it is a madman's voice we hear. When the queen is worried, her words seem troubled. Thus, the biography of a king who so disliked unpunctuality, uncertainty, untidiness, and change provides plenty of plot for a story clothed in the trappings of British royalty. The combination of an exciting biography and a clever presentation produces a whole greater than its parts. J.A.H. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"

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