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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tina Brown Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781415938911
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Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she “the people’s princess,” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy?

Only Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Tatler—England’s glossiest gossip magazine—Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker, could possibly give us the truth. Tina knew Diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself.

In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana’s sexually charged mother, bad-girl sister-in-law Fergie, and, most formidable of all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker Bowles into this combustible mix and it’s no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • REVIEWS
  • From The New York Times Book Review:
  • With “The Diana Chronicles,” Tina Brown breathes new life into the saga of this royal “icon of blondness” by astutely revealing just how powerful, and how marketable, her story became in the age of modern celebrity journalism....Brown offers an insightful, absorbing account of the pas de deux into which, to her eventual peril, Diana joined with the paparazzi. As the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Brown certainly has the authority to examine the Princess of Wales as a creation and a casualty of the media glare.
    -Caroline Weber
  • From The New Yorker:
  • By now, there have been dozens of books....But the best book on Diana is the newest, "The Diana Chronicles"... by Tina Brown....her book is, among other things, a miracle of access....She tells the story fluently, with engrossing detail on every page, and the mastery of tone which made her Tatler famous for being popular with the people it was laughing at.
  • -John Lanchester

  • From The Chicago Tribune:
  • ...[An] insanely readable and improbably profound new biography...."The Diana Chronicles," Brown's hotly awaited dish on the princess, [is] more than a mere gossip-fest....real charm and substance lie in Brown's analysis of contemporary media....It is terrifically well written, with motion-capture phrases that instantly distill some complicated essence of contemporary life into a few deft adjectives.
  • -Julia Keller
  • From The Boston Globe:
  • The Diana Chronicles," by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, peels many layers of... mystery away and even makes the old horror stories of [Diana's] life seem fresh....Brown gives them new vigor, with insights based on her own exhaustive research and a wickedly canny, celebrity-trained eye for detail.
    -Amy Graves
  • From The Washington Post:
  • ...Brown's jam-packed, juicy roll in the high cotton is... fragrant with the rich schadenfreude that makes Top People so much easier to bear. And in return for its rumored $2 million advance, it includes shovelfuls of hot fresh dirt, tucked among the standard (and amazingly detailed) iconic fare. Remember the sex-soaked phone tapes (Diana as Squidgy, or Charles's Tampax fantasy)? Remember the Royal Love Train? Dueling media manipulation? Jealous attention-grabbing? Top-of-the-line adultery, divorce and money-grubbing?...The sour wisdom Brown gleaned during decades spent editing chic magazines glints throughout her book, like rhinestones under sackcloth....Diana's tragicomedy is Shakespearean in scale, with its slippery royal machinations, its agonized ironies, its seething jealousies and heartbreaking inevitability....a walloping good read.
    -Diana McLellan
  • From The Wall Street Journal:
  • Only Ms. Brown could deploy such words as "hottie" and "propinquity" in the same sentence. In her hands, a trashy (if delicious) tale is rendered vividly mordant. She writes with the feline flair of a woman who has met, but not necessarily liked, most of the characters in her book and who has an uncommonly good way with characterization....The book's greatest attraction, however, is its sheer wealth of detail, by turns salacious, vinegary, depressing and hilarious....a psychodrama, a morality play, a pageant of recklessness and revenge, of passion and pity, of loneliness and looniness.
    -Tunku Varadarajan

  • From The LA Times:
  • I read every whiplash chapter and came away rubbing my cervical vertebrae...."The Diana Chronicles," Brown's account of the young aristocrat's marriage to the heir to the throne, motherhood, divorce and death, has enough of Diana's hairpin personality turns, emotional drops and gleeful summits to be a Disneyland thrill ride....Brown reminds us of her instantly intimate, magical presence.
    -Patt Morrison
  • Nothing comes close to Tina Brown's book for its tight grip on the dark human comedy that was Diana's life and death. Brown knows the ritual dances, the shouts and whispers of the tribes of Britain better than anyone who has ever written this story but she also has a perfect ear for the way ordinary people responded to the doomed Princess. The result is a compulsively page-turning trip to the poisoned place where class met glamour and the result was catastrophe. Simon Schama, author of A History of Britain
  • This is not only first-rate biography, but a marvelous social history, and a bitingly accurate portrait of the English upper classes. Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives and Ike
  • Tina Brown has produced something that is, as well as absorbing and stirring, witty and penetrating. Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great
  • A delightfully smart and insightful book that... weaves a compelling human drama into a rich social history.
    Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karis North | 2/7/2014

    " Pure fluffy trash, but ooh so good so far! What stikes me most was how tragic and unhappy parts of her life really were. So sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Lyons | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book so much I could not stop reading it. I had also in the past read the book Possum Living by Dolly Freed and reading these tow books as a pair makes for interesting thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/30/2014

    " This is the first "Diana" book I've ever read. I provides a pretty even-handed view on the whole "Diana" story. In other words, it doesn't just trash the royals, it puts some of the blame on Diana and her background as well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolynne | 1/24/2014

    " Tina Brown has lots of contacts in the publishing world, so much of her information comes from journalists and paparazzi who covered Princess Diana during her lifetime. Gossipy and outspoken, this book is hard to put down. "

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

    " First off, I'm not a huge royals fan -- I did not follow every move of the Royal Wedding with Charles and Diana back in the '80s. I am however very interested in her life - particularly after the separation and divorce. Tina Brown's book was riveting --- even if you know most of the story of how Diana grew up, married into the royal family, the divorce and her death. I found the level of research and detail amazing. And I read the book cover to cover within a few days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2014

    " Story of Princess Di's Life and Death "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ccmorin | 1/22/2014

    " If you love Princess Diana, which I do, then this is a great read. There is sometimes painful amounts of detail to filter through about Dukes and Duchesses, but overall it gives insight into Diana's life up until her death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Harrell | 1/12/2014

    " If you were a fan of the lovely princess diana you will be interested in reading this book! It has some great stories about her last days, Dodi Alfayid and the royals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/11/2014

    " If you are at all interested in what really goes on behind the gates of the palace, and what really happened between Diana and Prince Charles, this is the book for you. Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Vogue, was a young magazine editor of Tatler, at the height of Diana's reign as the People's Princess. She goes deep with her sources, until we feel we have a relationship with Diana. She not only goes into detail about her life, but also the hours that lead up to her tragic death and what really happened in that car and in the days and weeks following her death. Very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Craig | 1/10/2014

    " A light summer read, and break from denser material. Such a sad life she led . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolen | 12/30/2013

    " it was not a fairy tale, after all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/25/2013

    " A gredat tell-all. Includes every tidbit from most previous sources. Fun for royal watchers or Anglophiles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/18/2013

    " thought it was a fun, summer time read- and had more depth than just your standard celeb bio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/7/2013

    " I thought The Diana Chronicles was a quick, interesting read, but it was sad to see how tragically conflicted and tormented Diana really was. Tina Brown seems to really get into Diana's psyche and weaves hundreds of perspectives into her journalistic analysis of Diana. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Francq | 7/25/2013

    " some books should never have been published. This is one of them. Boring woud be putting it nicely. The author spent most of the time rambling on about her own thoughts. I couldn't even make it to the end. This is one book that is going in the trash. I feel sorry for the tree that died to make it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/10/2013

    " Embarassed to say I read this; but it was fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nandita | 4/15/2013

    " its great to know about princess diana and all the people around her...and what led to her downfall.there are moments when you pity her and other times when you don't agree with her...over all a great book to read if you are a diana fan!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/12/2013

    " Another great story about Diana, I have read others and cang et an idea of the woman she was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 12/6/2012

    " a friend described it as a "good wallow" for a long plane trip, and I see what she meant. More intersting and better written than I thought something like this might be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 9/4/2012

    " It was certainly interesting and very well researched. I couldn't tell if the author felt bad for Diana or really just thought she was good at manipulation. Leaves it up to you to make your own opinion, I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 9/4/2012

    " Of course I loved it. Brown's conversational style makes for a quick and engaging read. The book is gossipy and full of fascinating anecdotes about everyone involved. Brown's conclusion is that Diana got a raw deal. It's too bad Charles and Camilla didn't marry in the first place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 5/9/2012

    " Interesting details about Diana's familial, social and educational background, and her relationship and life with the royal family. Liked Tina Brown's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerilyn | 1/16/2012

    " Once again I descend into British tabloid voyeurism...yes!!! So well written, obviously by a seasoned journalist. Had to keep checking over my shoulder to see if anyone spied me reading this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/27/2011

    " So well-written! I really enjoyed this book, embarrassing though it may be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Carliner | 5/1/2011

    " This book was fantastic! Tina Brown's ability to insert her personal relationship with Diana without sounding too name-drop-y makes this book hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 3/6/2011

    " The Diana exhibit just opened at Union Station; I can't wait to go. Thought I'd learn as much as I could before I go. This is a good start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/3/2011

    " As far as sordid celeb biographies go, this should be at the top of the list. Tina Brown writes about the fascinating life of Princess Diana in such a way that it reads like a fast-paced novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2011

    " Admittedly, my reading habits took a trashy dive last year...But if you're going to read trash, this is kind of fascinating. The royals are crazy... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 12/22/2010

    " Oh, yes, I did. And I even dare to admit it. :-) Definitely enjoyable in that reading-People-Magazine-at-the-hair-salon kind of way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 11/26/2010

    " I used to read a lot of books about Diana. I can't remember a lot about this one or the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/12/2010

    " Brown's handling of Diana's story seems even-handed. Interesting, involving and witty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 9/8/2010

    " Interesting facts about the lovely Diana Spencer. Her early years explains much to her development ot the woman she became. "

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About the Author
Author Tina Brown

Tina Brown is married to Sir Harold Evans. The couple has two children and resides in New York.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.