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Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family

Narrated by: Omid Scobie
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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When news of the budding romance between a beloved English prince and an American actress broke, it captured the world’s attention and sparked an international media frenzy.

But while the duke and duchess of Sussex have continued to make headlines - from their engagement, wedding and birth of their son, Archie, to their unprecedented decision to step back from their royal lives - few know the true story of Harry and Meghan.

For the very first time, Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple’s lives as few outsiders can.

With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close and disarming portrait of a confident, influential and forward-thinking couple unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.

©2020 Omid Scobie (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Self Serving Drivel

The book is a self serving Mills & Boon. The book is filled with unnecessary branding and how wonderful Meg is. Meg sucks up to the Qeen and Charles, puts down staff and has a real loathing for Catherine and William. it shows the " poor me' snowflake mentality. The two of them are delusional. It's crap listening.

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  • RC
  • 14-08-2020

Sycophantic and banal

Not a lot more to say, really. Reads like a press release. Even if you’re looking for a trashy read, this is lip-bitingly gauche.

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Saccharine

The book is sickly sweet in dedicating itself to how wonderful and nice Meghan is and how hardly done by she is. To the authors she can’t do any wrong and that became old very quickly. Any part that addressed a negative story was glossed over and quickly passed to the next part without going into detail. They were sure not to say a negative word against Meghan and the blame was subtly placed on others; poor Meghan in her “new normal”. I would rather read a more objective view than this sugary version.

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Perfect main characters, everyone is the villain.

I didn't know what I was getting into with this book. It bombards you from the get-go with waterfalls of praises for Duchess Meghan Markle, especially her kindness, hard-work, modernism, popularity and drive, which pales everybody else's (Serves them for partying and gossiping, I guess). It tries to ward off criticism of her perfection early on by stating that many of her peers disliked her for being so perfect. Still, it seems that her only imperfection, according to the book, was the racism she faced as a biracial person. The book heavily sprinkled "hints" of Duchess Meghan's altruism, so much that by Chapter 3, I had to stop when Scobie said "Meghan tips the taxi driver, as she always does" as if to deeply dig into the reader the notion that Meghan is just THAT nice. It was just too much. The book would be 2-3h shorter without the constant appraisals and anecdotes of her immense and unbelievable kindness. I don't think its title "Finding Freedom" is well deserved, as they only sought freedom from press criticism, (why does one aspire to become an actress but wants boundless privacy is hard to conceive). Considering the title again, I also expected to know how living with the Royal family might have cast them away. But the family was friendly though passive, the staff was a joy-breaker, but they all loved (and hated) Duchess Meghan for her "American-ness" nonetheless. Nothing wrong about the Palace, but the book does give little jabs here and there, contradictorily mixed with grand praises. The only problem with the family only seemed that they didn't provide enough guidelines and scaffolding for Duchess Meghan when she arrived. I would think your partner would give you guidelines, rather than having silent standards for others to uphold. Contradictions filled the book. It is very VERY misleading on how it depicts people: One time, one is hardworking, kind, and considerate, the other, they are cold, shy and uptight. Duchess Catherine comes from a similar background as Duchess Meghan, but Duchess Meghan doesn't come from the same background as Duchess Catherine. Duchess Meghan grew up struggling, but her father worked at a high position in a popular TV show, her mother decided to find a job because she was dissatisfied as a housewife, Duchess Meghan went to the most prestigious schools in L.A. and lived in the most expensive town in the U.S.A. I understand her father worked hard, but how is THAT struggling? Duchess Meghan "loves simple pleasures" but chooses to be in luxury settings with lavish design decorations. The authors tried to make me like Duchess Meghan by writing her as relatable, likable, with struggles in life that she was always able to surmount. She's written like a book character, but the thing is the main character isn't interesting or relatable if all its struggles are external. However, this is A REAL PERSON. Prince Harry, for that matter, had much of my sympathy in the book. Omid Scobie does a decent job at being a narrator but misses a lot of the playfulness that he said Harry, the Duke of Sussex, wanted for the book. He was also very slow, so I sped it up to x1.5. Scobie was a bit stiff in his delivery but didn't worsen the book. Excruciating to listen to, throughout. I don't recommend.

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narration is fine, story little more than tabloids

Narration is fine, story little more than tabloids, struggled to find any justification for writing this book other than $, and from Wii can gather H & M don't benefit at all. Disgraceful.

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  • Ann
  • 26-08-2020

Me, Me Me

I found this story to be about how, apparently wonderful Meghan Markle is. How, apparently she has been so badly done by, and a cover up for some of her actions. I can see how she is seen as untrustworthy by allowing this book to be written, and by what would seem an obvious involvement in same, despite statements to the contrary. (There is by contrast, very little about Harry).

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Very interesting

Seems overly-sympathetic to the couple, but considering there's so much vitriol printed about them, I think it's a good piece to "balance the scales" of what's out there.

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Cringe-fest

This is direly written, breathlessly narrated garbage. I was neutral about Harry and Meghan before but this has made me actively dislike them. Such self-pity from an incredibly privileged couple is unbecoming at the best of times but in 2020 it plays particularly poorly. My one star is for the occasional unintentional humour like the part where Harry proposes and Meghan swoons over the ring, "a cushion-cut, conflict free diamond from Botswana." For hardcore fans only.

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Bias and superficial

The book and story revolves around how wonderful and saint Meghan is, and how terrible she has been treated by the Royal Family and staffs. There’s no way Meghan & Harry did not contribute to the book (as claimed) given the details. Bit more like reading trashy tabloid about cheesy love story.

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Good read

This is a good read and interesting to see a different perspective. Although I think that someone should review the chapter headings in this audiobook as some as misspelt. ‘Finging’ is not a word.

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  • Satha
  • 22-08-2020

Extremely Poor Authorship..

The books is a mere adoration of Megan and Harry. Seemingly the fact checking the authors claim to have done has let them down since the book is full of inaccuracies.