I enjoyed the narrator. She did a fabulous job with this book!
Jaquetta was an amazingly developed character.
So many are favorites throughout the novel.
The Queen to ask her what she was thinking when she betrayed her husband the king.
Joan of Arc to ask her about losing her youth and life.
Finally Jaquetta on her thoughts about squelching her gift of sight.
3 x mom
creative, interesting, engaging
Love the ideas the author brings to her stories, bringing her characters to life with enough historical basis to make it believable, but not so much to bog the story down.
Bianca Amato's performance was wonderful, as usual. The accent brings the characters to life in a "real" setting, and her ability to slightly differentiate between characters (both male and female) and still make each character sound natural and believable makes her readings a real pleasure.
I have read reviews that condemn the author for her lack of historical accuracy. Personally, I have found great enjoyment in how the author brings characters to life within a historical period. She has included enough details to send me to "google" different areas of dress, location, artwork, etc., and get me interested enough to study further on my own.
I wish my high school history teacher had done so much to engage me in further study!
I really liked this story. When I was done I re-listened to the White Queen (this is the prequel to the White and the Red Queens) I wished I had read them in order.
It was my first and I have been listening ever since... 18months later. Love the narrator and have purchased several books just because Bianca reading it to me! There is so much emotion to her voice and she keeps the story moving. All the different voices she has, you always know who is who.
Love all of Philippa Gregory and she does not let you down. I'm glad she chose this "prequel" to write, but have to say that I may have like to read this one first and then the white queen and then the red queen. It was different hearing the story when I knew what the future outcome held. I definatly recommend regardless what order you hear/read them in. I love the first person view, it makes you really feel what Jacquetta may have felt and I got lost into a different culture while listening.
Philippa brings a new look to these characters
The characters come to life
Just as good as the first one I listened to,
Although this book is the third in the series, I would suggest that you read it first, as it explains a lot of background information needed to understand the other two books. Great listen.
I'd read "White Queen" and enjoyed that so much that "Lady" was a natural next step, although truly "Lady" predates both "White" and "Red' Queen novels. Having gone through "White" first a lot of the plot lines in "Lady" were known, and the insight of Jacquetta was interesting and telling. Book got off to a slow start for me, and yet Gregory's ability to weave such a fantastic tapestry through her many plot lines, within a work of historical fiction - and a masterful performance by Bianca Amato - draws you in. Very enjoyable.
I usually like Phillipa Gregory, but I just couldn't finish this one.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
Yes, another great piece of historical fiction told by the incomparable Phillipa Gregory. She combines exhaustive historical research with masterful story telling.
No, I wanted to make it last and last. I was sorry when it ended.
Gregory's inclusion of magic and intuition as legitimate expressions of female power during a time when women were all but stripped of any power is compelling and beautifully rendered. This story of Jaquetta Woodville, a little known character in the back story of the "War of the Roses" is simply stunning. Anyone interested in English history of the 15th century is in for a delicious adventure with this work.
I would recommend this book to someone who loves historic books with fantasy
The reader was very good I really enjoyed her voice and intonation.
The book was long for my taste some parts I could live without it, details that weren't a must to the story.
This book is good but long for my taste, you have to be interestedm in early history, this is the story of the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (the author wrote a book about her too). For my taste there was too much reference to withcraft and goddess etc... But if you like it you will be very happy with this book. If possible this book should be read before the Red & White Queen from the same author.