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Download Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN:
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Actress Grace Kelly was swept away when the handsome Price Rainier, a man she barely knew, asked for her hand in marriage. If she married Rainier, she would be more than just a movie star, she would be Her Serene Royal Highness Princess Grace. Once in the palace, however, Grace found herself trapped in a fairy tale of her own making. Grace and Rainier may have been royalty, but they were also husband and wife, and parents, and, as such, just as vulnerable to the conflicts that can contaminate any household. Drawing upon hundreds of exclusive interviews with family and friends, Once Upon a Time portrays its subjects with passion and sympathy, revealing Grace, Rainier, Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie in ways both startling and compelling. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrisi McGlone | 2/4/2014

    " A very elegant story about one classy Princess, enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/31/2014

    " I loved this book. It was interesting to learn about the life of a princess who had been a commoner (and movie star). How she evolved to live as a royal and leave her Hollywood career was fascinating to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 1/24/2014

    " This is a biography of Princess Grace of Monaco. A great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 1/19/2014

    " As far as autobiographies go, this was an edifying and interesting one to read. However, I did not finish it before it was due back at the library, so I was only able to skim the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/6/2014

    " I loved the book. It explained many things about her life and tragedies I did not know. She had a not-so-great marriage, a career that ended too soon, many troubles with her children, and a tragic ending. Still, we see the fairytale and love to imagine! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delcho | 1/4/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised to read such a detailed synopsis of the life of the Grimaldis. I recommend this book for people who want to go behind the glamor and camera flashes and learn about the real challenges a family faces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/23/2013

    " Very juicy tidbits on the inner workings of the marriage between Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 12/15/2013

    " I really liked this book - it illuminated Princess Grace's life, with a lot more emphasis on the pre-royalty life. It's a sad story, and it really shows that she wasn't a happy princess. I love bios, and I love Princess Grace, so I of course really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Jay | 1/12/2013

    " I was always very fascinated by the life of Grace Kelly and this book did not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/28/2011

    " What a depressing story! Poor Grace! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 5/4/2011

    " A great story...really fascinating. However, the author I was not very impressed with. Poor use of language and it was very repetitive at times. I would probably decide against reading another of his books, despite being interested in the content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 10/26/2010

    " Great overview (if you can call 400+ pages an overview) of the Grimaldi family. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the royal family of Monaco. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia De Ruiter | 3/28/2010

    " Such a fairytale story! It was a fascinating insight into the life of royalty- Grace Kelly is amazing!! For a non fiction book which I don't tend to read I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/26/2009

    " An interesting look at one of the most fascinating love stories of my lifetime. And, for those of us who want to believe in fairy tales, a stark reality check. Finding prince charming doesn't mean the heroine will live happily ever after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 2/2/2007

    " Very intersting to read how Grace adjusted to what life brought to her way. After her movie days she had to deal with a new country, language, marriage, children, teenagers, menopause... A very human story. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshlyn | 12/14/2005

    " Good for skimming. Too detailed to read it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/29/2005

    " This was a brilliant read, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Raine | 4/26/2004

    " Loving this - brushing up for my trip next year... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Look | 2/4/2004

    " Great story of a fantasy love affair ....again Hats off to Taraborrelli and his story telling skills! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/24/2004

    " Very interesting, but I think the author was somewhat sympathetic toward his subject matter. On the other hand, I really don't want to read about the troubles in other people's lives. He did a good job balancing their right to privacy with facts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth Cavanaugh | 6/27/2003

    " I read this for my book club, and I have to say, it takes a certain kind of talent for an author to take what is probably at least a somewhat interesting story and make it INCREDIBLY BORING. "

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About the Author

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Call Her Miss Ross; Michael Jackson; Sinatra; Madonna; Jackie, Ethel, Joan; and Elizabeth. The Los Angeles writer is not only a respected journalist but also a recognizable entertainment personality and in-demand guest on many television programs, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and CNN Headline News. Additionally, he works for CBS News as a news analyst.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.