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  • The Biography
  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Theo Solomon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Snowdon

By: Anne de Courcy
Narrated by: Theo Solomon
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Summary

How did a photographer who was a relentless playboy, an unashamed womaniser and a leather-clad motorcyclist marry the queen's sister and become the establishment figure Lord Snowdon? The brilliantly talented Antony Armstrong-Jones often humiliated Princess Margaret, yet he was compassionate to the causes he cared about. Since his death in 2017, Snowdon still hasn't escaped the limelight, as more and more is revealed about his wild and intriguing life.

Written with exclusive access to Snowdon and the people closest to him, this book uncovers the real man and his times. Addressing the facts behind the myths - the secret courtship of Margaret, the love-child born just weeks after the royal marriage, the affairs on both sides, the suicide of one mistress and the birth of an illegitimate son to another - this is a balanced yet no-holds-barred account of Snowdon's life.

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Needs to be re-recorded

I’ve listened to about an hour and a half of the book and with great regret, I am going to return it. I had very much been looking forward to hearing this audiobook as I am a huge fan of Anne de Courcy and her entertaining and informative biographies. However, the reading has been badly mismanaged. Fairly basic (in the context of this book) names and expressions like Magdalene College and Glyndebourne are completely mispronounced while there are also general stress-pattern errors e.g. May ball pronounced as if it were a “perhaps ball”. I could not really judge the content as I was rigid with anticipation of the next mistake - the feeling was somewhat akin to nails being scraped along a blackboard. The recording seems not to have been checked for basic errors while, in addition, the reading is generally poor and monotonous. My review does not reflect the content of the book which I am not in a position to judge and I am going to buy the physical book.

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Excellent book, irritating narration

As always with Anne de Courcy biographies this was very well researched and written. It definitely showed the different sides of Snowdon from the hopeless and often cruel husband and indifferent lover to the man who cared about humanity, especially the handicapped (can we still use that expression?). I found the narration annoying though with his frequent mispronunciation of words which should have been corrected surely? Wish I’d bought it as a paper book.

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Very Informative, Moving but Dreadful Narration

Despite the poor narration, I could not stop listening. Recalling stories of Snowdon and Princess Margaret during my own lifetime, I found this fascinating as it put meat on the very insubstantial bones of my knowledge about Lord Snowdon. He was not only an amazing personality and talent, but felt deeply for certain causes and for people, about which I had no idea. I found Anne de Courcy's description about parts of his life very moving. Despite his lack of faithfulness in his relationships with women, he had great loyalty to his friends and to the memory of Princess Margaret in particular. There is no doubt that Anne de Courcy did much research to provide a book of great depth and insight into Snowdon's life.

A comment about the narrator must be made. He should have been given a lesson in the pronunciation of various names and places, plus he has a very strange way of interpreting punctuation or not giving a break on occasions between sections of a storyline. This really could benefit from being re-recorded by someone else.

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Remarkable Story of a quite remarkable man!

Loved the book really liked the narrator...I will definitely be buying another of the authors works!!

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Poor pronunciation

Narrator can't pronounce lots of English proper nouns. Cecil, Magdalen, Oundle, Haileybury, preparatory. It grates especially as this is a story of upper-class England. Have only got as far as Oxford. Let's hope editors stepped in.