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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Landon Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational Nonfiction, 2013

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikely candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. Stepping off the steamer from London, Anna found herself in an exotic land she could have only dreamed. It was a lush landscape of mystic faiths and curious people, and king's palace bustling with royal pageantry, ancient custom, and harems. One of her pupils, the young prince Chulalongkorn, was particularly influenced by Leonowens and her Western ideals. He learned about Abraham Lincoln and the tenets of democracy from her, and years later he would become Siam's most progressive king. He guided the country's transformation from a feudal state to a modern society, abolishing slavery and making many other radical reforms.

Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, Margret Landon recreates an unforgettable portrait of life in a forgotten exotic land. Written more than fifty years ago, and translated into dozens of languages, Anna and the King of Siam (the inspiration for the magical play and film The King and I) continues to delight and enchant readers around the world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/19/2014

    " Had to read this after seeing the enticing written prologue at the end of the Jodie Foster remake of The King and I" but then I couldn't find the "quote" in the book. Good story and some history of a part of the world I know little about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ms Cochran | 1/29/2014

    " I fell in love with the musical first, and now I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the book as well. I could relate to Anna as a teacher, especially as I will be leaving myself to teach in a foreign country soon. Inspiring how one woman's compassion and strength could have such an impact on the history of an entire country. I don't doubt that Landon embellished the truth at times, but the most important points of the story seem to coincide with fact. In anycase, I consider her way of telling Anna Leonowens' story effective and engaging. I recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sheena | 1/26/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book. I can't imagine being as brave as Anna was to go to a strange country and live let alone teach in a world that she didn't always agree with. This is an amazing story of how one person can influence others to make a better world. A must read for any teacher! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/1/2014

    " Fictionalized account that was based on the true story of "The King and I." Interesting but I was disappointed it wasn't a true biography. "

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