At one point in listening to this book I could not believe how sappy it is! Philippa Gregory transitiions from accepted historical facts to spinning a tall tale are easily determined. A life at court was not for the faint hearted and I wondered why anyone who fell from power would want to return to the backstabbing royal world. I have always loved English history and in spite of the drippy visions of a teenage girl I believe I will finish the series. One thing it does make clear is the order of Lancaster, York and Tutor. Susan Lyons did a great job.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down.... I work out when I listen to my audio books, I did not find my mind wandering at all..
Elizabeth, she was a strong character... Even though I wondered about her vision for her future..
When she met her husband..
I would not...
Several years ago I read The Other Boleyn Girl and couldn't put it down. Now I can't help but wonder-- was The White Queen really written by the same author, or was I just out of my mind when I devoured The Other Boleyn Girl? THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE. More often than not, it feels like the main character is far from the action and, as a result, it's difficult to give a darn about a single character. I will never read Philippa Gregory again.
I saw the series on starz and because like any book to movie/series it leaves alot out so I had to read the story and very happy that I did loved loved loved it the story amazes me!!and. The narrator very good
I'm not sure how they made a series out of this book. I like Phillipa Gregory's books for the most part. This one was just boring, waiting around, nothing going on. Skip this one.
I don't know what genre to place this book in. Stripped to its essence, I would have to say that this is a romance. It just happens that it takes place in the historical setting of the battle for the English throne known as the war of the roses. As such, it contains all the elements of an adventure novel as well as some aspects of a mystery. It also contains aspects of magic and witchcraft. What this book is not, and never professed to be, is a history book.
The White Queen is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the commoner and former Lancaster supporter, who married the newly crowned Edward IV from the house of York. They married in secret, for love, and kept it quiet for a time because marriages during that time among nobles were arranged for political alliances. Told mostly in the first person from Elizabeth's point of view, the book starts in 1463 when Elizabeth first meets Edward until 1485 when Edward's brother Richard III holds the throne.
The book was meticulously researched and contains an extensive bibliography (for anyone wanting to read the history.) By using the first person, Ms Gregory is filling in the thoughts of Elizabeth as well as the behind the scenes dealings in the king's court. These are not historically accurate, nor were they ever portrayed as such. One can only guess what went on behind the scenes as no historical documents exist to tell us, and with all the backstabbing going on I am not surprised that nothing was put in writing.
Another nice touch added by the author was the introduction of magic to the story. Elizabeth's mother claimed to be descended from Melusina, the water goddess who was half woman and half fish. Melusina's legend exists in many cultures and is probably most well known as that of a mermaid. This legend is woven into the events of the war of the roses masterfully, and Elizabeth and her mother are both accused of witchcraft at one point or another. Whether to believe or not is left up to the reader.
If you enjoyed Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon as I did, then I think you will also enjoy The White Queen. They are both similar in that they are first and foremost love stories. The main difference is that there is no time travel in this book. Instead, the reader is transported to the fifteenth century and sees life through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodville.
Listening to this audiobook is like being the secret confidant to the queen. She shares her hopes, her fears, everything. It is like she is talking to the one person she trusts in the world. Meanwhile, the story itself, with its twists and turns, keeps you spellbound. The narrator has to be one of the best for the genre of a story. Her voice is elegant and engaging. You could listen to her for hours. And I did.