This is the first book ever in which I not only root for the main character, I found myself wishing her ill. Unfortunately she follows you through out the series and only gets worse with the power she manages to get. To my surprise there were times I would have liked to admire Margaret's drive for her son to become King however her tendency for hateful jealousy and overall bitterness is too much to take more often than not. She was so awful that I almost couldn't finish listening but then again I'm sure Philippa Gregory didn't write this story expecting to make Margaret a heroine. Just proving once again what a passionate writer Ms. Gregory is. I won't say this book is a must for the series reader, since it's not an easy listening book, but one does get the whole experience with it.
I love learning about English history and how the characters might have lived and felt. It is so much harder for me to 'like' the Red Queen, but I'm sure that is the point. She is so religiously deceived and whiney! I'm only half way through the first part so I may form another opinion by the time I am finished with the entire book. She is an integral part of this series and in the Cousins War so I am very curious to see how this all plays out. She does have the heir to the throne after all so it should get very interesting!
I love her style of first-person story telling. This is an excellent story about a very turbulent time in English history and gives great insight to the challenging roles women had in those days, what life was like, beliefs, and how dangerous political liaisons were. The final battle between Richard III and Henry Tudor was gripping. I highly recommend this book.
The White Queen. It tells the same basic story through the eyes of another of the women connected in the same story- York vs Lancaster, and the mystery of what really happened to the young princes in the tower.
The main character, Margaret herself. What a strong and politically save person developed from the frightened child who was used to secure powerful alliances by marriage! Times and treatment of women were so different! It makes one grateful to be living in the present.
Listening to an exciting story being well read and presented has added a very pleasurable dimension to my enjoyment of reading. The dramatic narration does not in any way diminish the use of imagination to participate in the story. I love that I can take it with me anywhere on my iPhone!
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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!