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If you are really into history, this is OK. But Margaret Beaufort is so nasty and self-centered that it is very hard to work up any sympathy for her. I was tempted often to root against the central character. kind of like the red queen in Alice in Wonderland, but not so amusing.
Of all the Phillipa Gregory books, this is my least favorite.
Ms. Amato is a great narrator.
We are given some insights into the mind of Margaret. The story of her life is well told skipping from crisis point to crisis point. This is not deep, but it can be enjoyable. It is true that none of the characters makes for a hero, but contemplate whether that is what is true in real life. The narrator does a fine reading. It is more fun having already heard the White Queen. My wife and I look forward to sharing another Philippa Gregory.
Yes, very interesting.
Gregory weaves romance and fiction in historical fact and makes history interesting.
Very good story
Of course, you have to have the English accent!
The main character...for her constant whining
The main character...for her constant whining
A good book, I mean it's Phillipa Gregory! But the whining...
One of my favorite historical fictions, though I am a fan of Philippa Greagy. This is a good way to learn about some of the history in England during the Lancaster/Tudor wars. Philippa Gregory writes in a way that allows the reader to get completely immersed in the period and completely understand the personality of the characters and their role in history. She takes historical facts and fills in the blanks in such an intellectual way that you sometimes feel you are ready a history book and not historical fiction. This is a must for those who love the theatre of English monarchy.
Elizabeth Woodsville - because she was a facinating character, beguiling, beautiful and focused.
Great dictation and certainly provided the feeling and energy that might be lost by reading the book.
Yes, as I have read many of Philippa Gregory's books and enjoyed them.
Very well written book and historically quite accurate.
It was, however, very difficult to remain invested in a main character who was so difficult to respect or to empathize with. She was impossible for me to like, although perhaps her personality was just not sympathetic to me.
Yes. As I am very interested in that period of history, this was the second time that I listened to this book. It is of particular interest when combined with the other two books of this series: The White Queen, and The Lady of the Rivers. This series is unique in representing this period of English history from a woman's point of view.
This was not one of the best books by Philippa Gregory but I did still enjoy reading it. There is a lot of repetitive parts as stated by others but if you have read all of the other books by Ms Gregory then you have to read this to complete the gaps in your history. I would recommend reading it but dont let it be one of your first books by Ms Gregory!
I loved it! The voice of the reader is very well done. She provides the listener with an image that one is listening to the actual character rather than a person reading a book.
I came into this book expecting a little more than I got. I felt Margaret Beaufort was basically one note throughout the whole book, it just got shriller and shriller and shriller.
She never really grows or changes through the book, she thinks she's better than everyone else, but she's just as bad, ruthless and as much a liar and deceiver as everyone else. And to be honest, she's a bit boring. While it's nice to know about the mother and grandmother of Henry VII and Henry VIII, when I heard there was to be a book about The Red Queen, I was thinking Margaret of Anjou, who would have made a very interesting book. Margaret is never truly queen, just a schemer behind the throne.
The ending is just weird. You go from a first person narration to, what...a third? I was never good at that in school, but it switches and it just seems weird. Like you were suddenly reading another book.
I greatly prefered The White Queen: A Novel (The Cousins' War) to this one. If it wasn't a part of a series, I'd almost say skip it.
However, I felt this book was better listened to than read. It took me forever to read the book, but only a few days to listen to it.
If the author's aim was to show that the character was single minded and one dimensional, she was successful. This would have been a great short story. Not enough plot for eight plus hours of listening.