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.
This is exceedingly lightweight.
The historical research cannot of consisted of much more than a quick glance at Wikipedia. One can certainly learn more by spending 10 minutes reading Wikipedia.
It rambles on in the present tense with Elizabeth Woodville's rather 20th century outlook (apart from a belief she can see into the future and cast spells), occasionally reminding us we are supposed to be in the 15th century by a reference to an event or the rushes on the floor.
The last third may be better - This is one of the handful of books I gave-up before the end.
Don't waste your money or credits.
I love most of Gregory's books about Tudors and Plantagenets. And what makes an audiobook better is a good narrator- except Susan Lyons just sounds like she's trying too hard, over-pronouncing and elongating. However, I'm sure she, as an employee, was following someone's instructions, so really, my issue is with whoever on earth was in charge of overseeing narration!
Oh heck no... In fact, I stopped listening to this book early on because it seems to be just a stupid romance novel. I planned to return it but hadn't gotten around to it yet. But on a long trip, I finished another book and found I had nothing to listen to so I gave this book another chance. Voila - the fascinating part finally begins! Once again all the elements I look for in Phillipa Gregory's books unfolded. History, intrigued galore. Definitely worth getting through the silly beginning.
Having seen this story on STARZ, and fallen in love with Elizabeth, I was excited to hear the book version! The STARZ version followed very closely the book, and it was interesting to visualize the scenes as they played out. I wondered why the TV version just stopped, and was rewarded with the second part of the book, that brought it to conclusion.
The story of Elizabeth succeeding from a commoner to Queen was wonderful. I loved the love story between her and Edward, truly unusual for important people of royalty! To see her succeed becoming Queen and bear many children, with the love and care she showed them all, was my favorite aspect of the story.
The double standard for men and women made me shake my head! It was expected that men, even the king, would behave as he pleased, while women behaved as they were expected to on surface, though behind the scenes manipulating their fates.
Taking place in the reign of Edward IV in England, it traced his reign from 1461 to 1483. This story showed how even royal people were pawns, females used for alliances and duty, males trained to be rulers. Just because you had a position in society didn't mean you would maintain it. The constant battles, dangers of the times, threat of succumbing to illness, plotting and manipulations against each other wove interesting tales! "Game of Thrones" demonstrated this, and had glimpses of this time period - the passion of Henry Tutor's mother Margaret to see him king, the battles for position, and the stories of their families, like those of the House of York, Lancaster, and Tudor. It was interesting to look up the timeline of Edward IVs reign, and see two additional successors from the House of York followed him for only 2 years, then was Henry VII from 1485-1509 from the House of Tudor! Bet there's a story there!