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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel
Lu par : Ramon de Ocampo
Durée : 12 h et 15 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 notations)

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"Narrator Ramón de Ocampo brings out all the emotion in this tender, serious, funny, and warmly hopeful love story... Listeners will be swept up as Alex and Henry face questions of identity and coming out amid familial duties and political machinations." —AudioFile Magazine

What happens when America's first son falls in love with the prince of Wales?

When his mother became president, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius - his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, US/British relations take a turn for the worse. 

Heads of family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage and the power to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic.  

©2019 Casey McQuiston (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critiques

"I took this with me wherever I went and stole every second I had to read! Absorbing, hilarious, tender, sexy - this book had everything I crave. I’m jealous of all the readers out there who still get to experience Red, White & Royal Blue for the first time!" (Christina Lauren, New York Times best-selling author of Love and Other Words and Roomies)

"Red, White & Royal Blue is outrageously fun. It is romantic, sexy, witty, and thrilling. I loved every second." (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Maybe in Another Life)

“Effervescent and empowering on all levels, Red, White & Royal Blue is both a well-written love story and a celebration of identity.” (NPR)

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Heartwarming story

Great narrator and great heartwarming story. A good, easy book to listen to. Really love the voice for Henry.

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  • Ryan Logsdon
  • 14/05/2019

Can’t Wait to Listen Again!

The narrator was incredible. The accents and character choices were spot on and added to the overall story. I listened to this in one sitting while reading along with the book. I was completely enveloped in the lives of all of these characters, especially Alex and Henry’s relationship.

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  • Regina W
  • 21/05/2019

In a better world...

This story is just what I needed. If we could turn back time and if the good guys always won this is the America we'd live in right now. I felt deeply invested in these characters and I cared what happened to them; after all they belong to us. They are members of our first family. And of course there was that handsome prince from across the pond that felt so familiar. Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue let me believe again in what our country could be and in the power of love.

I thought the mix of the political and the love story worked well. I thought the length gave it the space needed to tell the story without getting bogged down with detail or side story.

The story is heart warming and hopeful and makes you dream of a brighter day. Add to that the narration of Ramon de Ocampo and it elevates this audiobook to new heights. de Ocampo's performance of Alex's American and Henry's British accent was brilliant. It's hard to believe they were done by the same person.

Give this book a listen and dream this dream with me. We deserve it .

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  • H Price
  • 15/05/2019

Happy Crying

First of all, I want to warn you not to listen to the last 20% of the book in public. Unless you're not bothered by others seeing you happy-cry.

'Red, White & Royal Blue' is a love song to politics, equal love, and the world as we wish it would be. It's very much a 21st century version of 'The American President', complete with a version of President Shepherd's 'I've love two women' speech. Only this time it's delivered by Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son.

The love story between Alex and Prince Henry is sweet, funny, and smart. I know I'll be listening to it again in the future.

A few notes:
1. The narration by Ramon de Ocampo is spot-on
2. The novel is written in 3rd person/present continuous tense. It was jarring in the beginning, but my ears finally got sort of used to it.

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 31/05/2019

Beautiful. Bright. Bloody Brilliant!

THE NOVEL:
I must say I had no idea what to expect from this book. I accidently stumbled upon it, was intrigued, and thought I would give it a go. I was firstly impressed with the author's rich palette of words and their use, allowing her to paint a heartwarming and moving story. A tale disguised as a comedic look into the lives of powerful individuals... but in truth deeply bores into our core values, hopes, and dreams.

Second, I was touched by the realistic portrayal of the nature of family. Two families, both with public personas, as well as intimate, dynamic and sometimes heartbreaking relationships between parents, children, and siblings.

In the current political climate which I believe will be seen as the White House and congressional "reign of terror," I felt the warm and nurturing embrace gifted to us by the author. Someone who understands the true meaning of words like, compassion, love, and hope. Kudos to you Ms. McQuiston.

NARRATION AND VOICE ARTISTRY:
The success of an audible book absolutely hinges upon the skills of the voice artist. The skill, and perhaps gift of Ramón de Ocampo and his voice was and is amazing. I must say it was a privilege to listen to someone whose voice artistry almost made me feel as if I was eavesdropping in on real conversations between characters. I have listened to scores of audible books and this voice artist/actor is truly one of the best. I think perhaps he could narrate a telephone directory and I would pay to listen.

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  • Megs
  • 15/05/2019

Better than my wildest hopes!! History, huh?

The hype around d this book and it's story has been huge. When hype gets like that I worry I will be disappointed - instead I was blown away. The characters are real and human and mAke you laugh and cry. All of them pull you in, every single one. The humanity, humor and love in this story was astonishing and I am already listening to this a second time. I also pre-existing a physical copy and I so very pleased with that purchase as well. A fantastically told story that will have you cheering for Alex (when you aren't going 'oh noooo Alex..!!!') and wanting to just smoosh he and Henry together because....yeah. They deserve it. All of it.

Casey - thank you for this story. Thank you for these characters. Just...Thank you for all of it.

Now I have to dry my eyes and listen again. Because I can and have to get lost in this world again.

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 13/08/2019

The audio was a little tough to follow

4.25 Stars
*This review has no spoilers but if you like a quick review skip to the Down & Dirty*
Fresh and relevant, fun and unique, Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is blowing up with amazing reviews. I had to see what the hype was about, so I got the audiobook. If any book could benefit from an ensemble cast of narrators, it’s this one, despite the story being told in 3rd person. Ramon de Ocampo did an OK job, especially switching between the two men, but there were a lot of side characters, and I found the audio very hard to tell who was talking.

“I’m the son of the first female president. And I’m not white like she is, can’t even pass for it. People will always come down harder on me.”

First son Alex Claremont-Diaz is 21, half Mexican, and handsome. He, his sister and the VP’s daughter are all around the same age and make up “The White House Trio”, all working to get their ticket reelected in 2020. The beginning of the book seemed kind of slow to me, introducing all the characters as well as their security detail, and I had a hard time following the dialog between them in the audio version.

Prince Henry is about the same age as Alex but Alex can’t stand him and his stuffy British ways.

“‘Arch nemesis’ implies he’s actually a rival to me on any level and not, you know, a stuck-up product of inbreeding who probably jerks off to photos of himself.”

When their rivalry causes a mishap, they need to smooth things over with the press, and they are forced to spend time together and pretend to be friends. But pretending turns into an actual friendship, and the two start keeping in touch across the continents. Oh, the e-mails! I loved them so much!

“But he thinks about Henry, and, oh. He thinks about Henry, and something twists in his chest, like a stretch he’s been avoiding for too long.”

When Henry and Alex kiss, Alex realized he was bisexual for the first time, and I really enjoyed reading his feelings about it. But Alex’s mom is trying to get reelected and the race is very close. What kind of problems would coming out cause the campaign and his own political aspirations? And as for Henry, would the Monarchy ever accept a gay prince?

"Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that.
History, huh? Bet we could make some."

My biggest problem with the book I think was when the 6 friends were all together, it was so hard to follow on audio, so I had to stop and make a list of the players. Here is a quick breakdown of the main characters.
•Alex: Mexican-American bisexual first son, going into politics himself.
•June: Mexican-American first daughter. More of the leader of the group.
•Nora: the VPs granddaughter and Alex and June’s BFF. She is geeky, bisexual, a hacker, and totally funny.
•Henry: The stuffy Prince of England. 100% in-the-closet gay.
•Bea: Henry’s sister, former drug addict (possibly bi too?)
•Pez: Flamboyant fashionista who seems gay but isn’t. Henry’s best friend.
•Rafael Luna: A Senator
•Cash, Amy and Zahra are all Secret Service or working on the campaign.
•Prince Phillip: the actual heir to the throne and Henry’s older brother.
•President Ellen Claremont: Democrat President of the US, Alex and June's mother.
•Leo: The President's 2nd husband and Alex and June's stepfather.
•Senator Oscar Diaz: Alex & June's Dad

Likes:
•Current, fresh and funny.
•Alex - it took a while for me to warm up to him, but when I did, I was hooked.
•I actually loved the political part of the story and wish it was really the way things are (I do not think most Republicans will like this aspect of the story).
•Wonderfully diverse and developed side characters.
•I was glad the sex scenes were fade to black because I think high-school aged kids who may be struggling with their identities should read this.
•Lots of sexual tension despite the sex scenes being fade-to-black.
•Alex’s family and their reaction to his news.
•I love correspondence in a book, and Henry and Alex’s emails and texts were wonderful.
•Happy and hopeful.

Dislikes:
•It didn’t translate well to a single narrator audiobook even though it was 3rd person but would have been phenomenal with a full cast.
•It felt a bit too long, especially the first half and it was hard to follow all the characters.
•Present tense.

The Narration:
I think the narration took away from the book and I wish I read instead of listened. There were too many characters with too much dialog to be able to follow easily. While Ramon de Ocampo did a pretty good job of switching voices and accents, I did notice several times that he used the wrong voice for a line here and there. If ever a book needed an ensemble cast this would be the one.

The Down & Dirty:
Red, White & Royal Blue has all the makings to be a hit. It's fresh and different. It's modern. It's relevant. It's fun. It has a wonderful message of inclusiveness with the understanding of the consequences. But I think the narration, for me, took away from the story. There were a lot of characters and I had a hard time following along with who was speaking. The beginning moved a bit slow for me, but the last third of the book was amazing. Though this is definitely an adult book with some sexual scenes, the actual sex is fade-to-black which I think works fine for this and will help it appeal to the more mainstream reader. I loved the characters and the storyline was just perfect. I see why everyone has been talking about Red, White & Royal Blue, but I think the narration held me back from being as blown away as everyone else.

*Note: while taking the photo I started listening again, and now that I know the characters I am enjoying it even more. Though the beginning is still a bit of an info overload - I can see why I had trouble following, because it's a lot even the second time.

Rating: 4.25 Stars, 2.5 Heat, 3 Narration

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  • wnk
  • 01/08/2019

Great book, some pronunciations a little weird

I thought the book was wonderful. It just took me out of it a little when the narrator didn’t know how to pronounce “David Bowie,” a name he had to say repeatedly.

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  • Melissa B.
  • 28/05/2019

Like the West Wing for millennials in the best way

It's taken me a while to write this. I haven't quite been able to say goodbye to this book yet and I'm listening to it for the second time through. It made me truly sad to finish, though it only took me two days to listen to it.

I've always considered myself to be more of a fantasy listener because I love the encapsulating escapism of a world completely different from our own. Reading and listening to me is a way to take a break from the frustrations of hugely unsolvable problems, and of feeling too small to make a difference.

But this book. This. damn. book. Not only does this audiobook have that giddy-fantasy-escapism feeling without a shred of magic or sorcery, but it was about a real-world, real-problems political story. It was like having the West Wing back, with all the characters being charming millennials. Plus charming millennial British royalty.

People will say this was a fast listen, like popcorn, a perfect summer read, etc. etc., but I say this story is an antidote to all that's depressing in the world right now. It's a real vision of hope. Sure there were things that happened that weren't realistic in TODAY's world, but you know, maybe one day in the future the son of the President will be able fall in love with the Prince of England and everything will be okay.

It's funny, even though I've been waiting to get my hands on this listen for months, I didn't expect how fiercely, wholly, and obsessively I'd love this.

This is a solid five star listen, and one of the best books I've listened to so far this year.

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  • superstardrifter
  • 28/05/2019

Fantastic listen!

I don't know exactly what I was expecting on this one, but I definitely didn't expect to love it as much as I did! I don't think I was expecting as much snark, and swearing, and just sheer hilarity as there was, and so this one was almost an instant winner for me!

Alex Claremont-Diaz is the son of the President (the first female president too), and Henry is the youngest Prince of Wales. A bit of an international incident that threatens US/UK relations shoves them together as they must pretend to be best friends to calm the bad press. Their friendship becomes real before long, and then becomes something even more.

Honestly guys, this book kind of ruined me a little bit. It has all the ups and downs and so on and so forth that most romances do, and I was emoting really hard by the end. The last 2 hours or so of this book was a roller coaster of emotions. I will get misty-eyed occasionally about books, but this one actually made tears happen. I was honestly *very* curious how this one was going to achieve a happy ending, considering the position these two are in. Seems rather impossible, in these times. But this book takes place in 2020, and assumes that a liberal woman has been in office since 2016.

Alex and Henry were both so easy to cheer for. Secondary characters are also really awesome in this one though. I especially loved Nora, who is the granddaughter of the Vice-President, and part of the 'White House Trio' as Alex, his sister June, and Nora are affectionately known in the press. I also really loved Pez, who is Henry's friend, and Amy, who is one of the secret service agents that protects Alex.

The narrator, Ramon de Ocampo did a great job bringing everyone to life. There are parts of the book that he puts just the right amount of snark in, or emphasis on some words or suchlike, and it made it a real pleasure to listen to. I sat down and gulped the whole thing in two sittings even though I never, ever wanted it to end.

So, all told, this was one of the most entertaining, enthralling, well-paced, and feels-jostling romance novels that I've ever read, and I think I loved it even more as an audiobook than I would have as a print book, because the narrator really gave it all kinds of flair when it needed it to just make it extra amazing. Probably one of my favorite books ever, now.

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  • bisan
  • 25/05/2019

Perfection

You know it’s good when you’re thinking about when you’re going to reread it😍...So good.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 19/06/2019

A royal treat for ears and heart

I normally don't write reviews, but for this, I will change that. "Red, White & Royal Blue" was a true treat and I loved every moment of it. The characters and their development, their honesty and rawness made them come to life and I truly enjoyed the way the story went from beginning to end. Rarely have I finished an audio book faster and looked for moments, like breaks at the office, walks to the post office, etc., to continue listening. Casey McQuiston has written a beautiful book whose heroes and heroines are deeply needed in times like these. A book that gives hope that the world can change and that one day, everyone will believe what most of us already do: love is love is love is love. Thank you to Lin-Manuel Miranda, btw.

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  • all_star
  • 02/07/2019

Loved it!!

I came for the enemies to lovers and stayed for the politics. This story is incredibly intriguing in every aspect, from the more hopeful world McQuiston builds to the romance between the idealist prince of England and the son of the president of the United States.

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  • Normal
  • 02/09/2019

Really mediocre

Everything about this audiobook is pretty mediocre.
The story is not even a real story, the protagonists don't face any problems that move them deeply or make them do astounding things.
All the characters stay really flat, there is no depth, even after listening to the whole book, I don't have evolved any feelings for the characters.

And that was so different in Sabrina Bowen's gay stories, or Bill Konigsbergs'.
If you liked theirs, this one will be a lot less moving, a lot less sexual and just all in all not as gripping.

That being said, it's not bad at all, just also not very good, and that's already starting with the theme: basically nothing in this book is relatable for the listener.

And yes, and I very rarely have a problem with the narrators. But in this story, even the narrator is mediocre.

It's not a bad book, and I can see many enjoyed it, but you'll find way better out there.

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  • V. Hemmerle
  • 29/08/2019

Alex & Henry are so relatable - I love this book.

Alex thought he knew what kind of person prince Henry is - but he was so wrong! He not only got to know him, but himself in the process.
They great thing about this book is that these two are not the only interesting characters - I can't wait learn more about the rest of the gang.
I like this fictional president a lot, she gets things done and has a great group of supporters.

On a real life note: I wish the people of the USA had voted a different person into office in 2016, let's hope they do better in 2020.

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  • Uta Noster
  • 08/08/2019

Absolutely stunning story, characters and idea

Loved it!!
Combination of history, future, politics, humour, love, friendship and real characters in one book. Thank you for creating this masterpiece of hope and love in the world!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/07/2019

Superbe!

This is my new favorite audiobook. I love the story so much. I listen to A TON of audiobooks but this is really special.

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  • Nina
  • 02/07/2019

Fantastic

A very intelligent, at times ebullient and at times tender, well-crafted and satisfying love story. Very interested to see what Casey McQuiston does next.

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  • It's me!
  • 31/07/2019

2,5 *- etwas zu kindich

Leider nix für mich; bei dem Buch handelt es sich um eine Diversity-coming-of-age-Geschichte. Ich fand sie sehr brav und kindlich und unnötig. Sie ist stets oberflächlich geblieben und hat mich vor allem anfangs, aber auch zwischendurch, sehr gelangweilt. So sehr, dass ich mich ständig dabei erwischt habe, dass ich nicht zugehört habe. Ich habe durchgehalten. Hat sich aber leider nicht gelohnt. Das einzige, was mich etwas zum nachdenken gebracht hat war die Vorstellung: Was wäre wenn...Wie unfrei so mancher Mensch in der westlichen Welt doch ist.

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