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.
These books do a great job at revealing history in the most interesting way. I know some historians love to hate on miss Gregory but she always makes sure to include a note about what was fact and what was speculation. She also includes her bibliography.
The books are well written and great to listen to. The narrator for this book was very good.
Er, with a grain of salt perhaps.... Interesting history and seemed to be written for a TV series, which I thought it worked well for. I saw the Series prior to listening to the book on tape and I have to say it's the FIRST time I enjoyed the TV series more than the book!
I'm not sure I did.... She got really into the self-pity and drama of the narrator and if I wasn't interested in the history I would have stopped listening to the book.
It is a TV series... And as a TV series the drama of the book works a little better. As a narrative it comes off a little too dramatic and whiny for me.
I almost quit listening which has never happened before, it just kept droning on and on and I never built a relationship with the characters. The narration was good, better then lots, but the story was written mostly in facts and statements rather than thoughts or feelings, I never felt the emotional turmoil of the characters, and I couldn't build a picture of the scene in my head. It was interesting, but my favorite part was the end when the author spoke of her inspiration for the story. In the end I am grateful to live in a country without kings or queens and don't have a desire to learn anymore about past English bureaucracy and the lengths they'd go for the throne.
This is my first time "reading" Philippa Gregory, and my first audio book as well.
I enjoyed the story and thought the magic weaved into the history was great. I wanted to keep listening to find out more.
However it felt as though the author would repeat herself often, sometimes several times within a single paragraph or scene.
I don't know if this is the nature of hearing over reading but that was my least favorite part.
After seeing the Starz series I'd hoped the book would make Elizabeth seem more appealing, but it does just the opposite. She is the epitome of a greedy hypocrite once she had a taste of power.