A wonderfully written examination of the English Royal Family that came before the Tudors. The White Queen is the first in a trilogy, this first edition focuses on Elizabeth Woodville. It's brother against brother, cousin against cousin, scratching and clawing to keep or gain the Thrown. Good character development, some admitted literary license with the facts. All in all a very good read.
Interestingly, book 2 in this trilogy focuses on Margaret Beaufort, Henry VIII's paternal grandmother. After reading so much about Margaret Beaufort in this book it has quelled my desire to read book 2. Margaret Beaufort is not even a little sympathetic and so unlikable that I'm disinclined to read any more about her. Go figure.
When I book doesn't make you feel anything when one of the main character dies, there is something very wrong about it. No emotions, no pictures forming in my head... just a long, sad tale about power. I am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy the narration either. It would go from one event to another without a pause or change in intonation. I wish I liked it as much as other readers...
I really love this story. Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV are such an interesting couple during such a crazy time in history. They're certainly flawed but I wanted such good things for them. It's a longer book and as a result I really enjoyed listening to the audio version.
This is like a real life Game of Thrones.
I wouldn't. It's perfect.
I loved everything about this book. Based on the best information available, the author put together a terrific story. It left me wishing that there were more complete details and records from this reign.
The narrator did a great job too, I really enjoyed it this book!
YES. I love this author, I love this time period and the sound of the readers voice was so beautiful!
The history of course. I am obsessed with british royal history and love learning more about this time period. I like how Gregory sticks to historical facts so closely. She waivers where she has to, but I like it. I like to think, with the way she tells the story that it is completely accurate.
Her voice is beautiful! I felt like that is they way a queen would speak and since it was told from a Queen's point of view, it was perfect
no, I had to break it up. Too long.
Yes I would, and someday I will. I love a good historical novel, and especially one that doesn't violate any of the available history. Elizabeth Woodville is a little-known figure but one that inspires "what if" thoughts.
The personal reaction to political dealings.
Well read, good emphasis without being histrionic.
Daughter of the River?
The book is filled with treachery and dishonor, to the point where one hardly cares what happens to anyone. A true-ish Game of Thrones, this might've been titled "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap" or "What Goes Around Comes Around". I'm probably intrigued enough about the historical story to read the next in the series, but I was unimpressed with the narrator. She could not do men's voices at all, and everyone sounded the same except for Elizabeth's mother who had (sort of) a French accent.
Consumer of books. A paper fish. An auditory predator! I love to escape into books!
Spellbinding! This brings history to life. You will fall in love with the characters. Belief in evil inherent in people will abound for you. The reality of what "civilized and royal" people did in the name of Christ for royal blood is devious and unthinkable. Yet this is our history, the history of the world. EXCELLENT author. Very well written and read.
The entire series! The Cousins War series will make you dislike one character, but the next book puts you in their position. You are all the sudden understanding the kill or be killed, fight or flight, that made history. Amazing ability to capture all the sides!
Her voice is perfect for this reflection in history. Her voice fits the queen!
The story grabbed me in the first few minutes and I had trouble finding stopping points. Putting it down was almost painful at times. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I did have to stop listening. The characters are well developed and as historically correct as I think it is possible to make them, based on the info we have from the 15th Century
It is a love story, a spy story full of intrigue, a story about family, love, death, loss and life in the 1400's.
When Elizabeth loses her baby king son and knows not if he is dead, kidnapped, in hiding, or in the Tower of London. Her pain, anguish, and fear are palpable. The narrator is perfect for the part, she infuses the words she readswith the feelings of the moment.
Spies of the 15th Century
I just ordered and wish listed several more in the Cousins War series and another series written by Philippa Gregory. If I know me, I will read all of her works.
Keeper of the Pages
I'll admit it, I'm a historical fiction junkie. I've read and enjoyed all of Philippa's books and this one didn't disappoint me. I may not be the most discerning of listeners in this area and so she gets a lot of leeway from me, but I did like it and would recommend it.