Katie Nicholl, best-selling author and royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday, gives us an inside look into the life of the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton. Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated fans of the royals around the world. Now Nicholl delivers the story of her early life, first romances, and love with Prince William. Nicholl will reveal new details on Middleton's initiation into royal life and, of course, her first pregnancy.
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"Interesting Story, but Too Much Repeated Material"
This was not a Bona Fide new book. Huge sections of it were word-for-word repeats of sections from this author's other books. It would have been better if the parts of this book that were new and unique had been added to one of her earlier books.
Haven't decided what my next listen will be, yet.
The performance was a little dull and almost monotone. It needed to be livelier.
This book had several redeeming qualities. It was well written and the parts that were actually new and original were great! The author has a very balanced view of her subject matter and has a perspective that is refreshing.
There was A LOT of recycled material in this book. Too much of it was lifted directly from other material from this author. It isn't fair to re-sell warmed over editions of earlier books. If you ask your fans to purchase a new book then you owe them the courtesy of actually writing a full blown NEW book. It is kind of a cheat to write a few new chapters and insert them into old material that we have already purchased. I couldn't believe it when I kept hearing huge sections that were in the other books! Not Cool!
The new stuff was really good. There just wasn't enough new stuff to make a whole book, the the little bit of original information contained here just wasn't enough. It would have been better to update the other book to include the material that was featured here.
Kate is lovely and inspiring to many. So her story seemed like it would be interesting. It wasn't. A privileged girl enters the privileged set then the poor thing has to deal with being famous. The fawning narrative had the opposite effect and turned me off.
I truly wanted to understand the fascination - but this book is like a really long press release.
Sound more matter of fact and less fawning.
"Nothing new so American!"
Nice story but totally aimed at America...with dollars, and american seasons, nothing new to be learnt. Story built around quotes, but the reality is those in the true inner circle of The Duchess and her family would not be giving the quotes disappointing.
"Kate: The Future Queen"
This book was written by one of The Daily Mail's royal correspondents, Katie Nicholl for the US market, hence why any amount of money is expressed in dollars rather than British pounds . Although it starts off being rather unctuous, saccharine and cloying, it isn't quite as sycophantic as it seems. I particularly enjoyed hearing about Kate's mother, Carole Middleton's quest for advancement and Uncle Gary Goldsmith's indiscretions at his Ibizan villa, 'Le Maison De Bang Bang'.
The narrator was fine. I'm fairly sure that she misprounounced Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's daughter's surname though.
"Interesting but mediocre in places"
I think I learned something about Kate I didn't know before but frankly, the people who comment on these things are never going to say anything bad about Kate so it ended up feeling a bit fake and even sycophantic in places. There was a lot of assumptions and conjecture also.
It plodded along fairly well but it wasn't written in a particuarly interesting way.
I thought it was ok, but didn't really hold my attention to be honest.
It made me slightly more interested in finding out more about other members of the royal family, but this isn't an inspiring book.
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