I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The White Queen. I've read many of Philippa Gregory's book and they're always top notch. Likewise I enjoyed # 2, The Red Queen. By the time # 3 (The Lady of the Rivers) rolled around I was starting to worry a little about how things were going. I applaud the idea of taking the same basic story and telling (and retelling) it from different perspectives, but by the time I got to # 4 (The Kingmaker's Daughter) the idea was feeling overplayed. There was a lot of repetition in this book (the main character obsessing over the same thoughts and making the same points over and over) and I think this, coupled with the fact that the reader pretty much knows the story inside and out by this point, made for dry reading from time to time. Once you get passed the first 3 books the only thing new is the main character's inner thoughts and perspective so there's nothing really that makes this a compelling page turner. Nobody new joins the story, there are no big revelations, you know who is going to die and at what point in the timeline, etc. It's nice to know what Ann's thoughts were on everything, but that's just it, nice. I don't feel like it paid off in comparison to the time and money investment of buying and listening to the book. Having read the reviews for Book # 5 I don't think I'm going invest another 15 hours in this story, and I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it.
No, I do not normally reread books
This book was written from Anne Neville's point of view. It was refreshing to get an inside view of the court and the inner relationships of Anne with Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary D'Anjou, Richard and her sister Isabelle. You could feel her emotion and struggles with these relationships.
This is my first Audio book!
Queen Mary D'Anjou and now I have added the Red Queen to my Wish List.
I really like historical fiction and Phillipa Gregory has been one of my favorite authors! This is by far one of her best books. It is told from the viewpoint of Anne Neville, the daughter of Earl of Warwick. She is a young girl at the beginning but is already enveloped in an adult world as part of the the Royal Court. It personalizes her struggles with her mother, Queen Margaret D'Anjou and Queen Elizabeth. Her relationship with her sister Isabelle is one of comfort and closeness and also one of pain and resentment. As the book progresses, you can see how Anne matures and becomes a strong women and fulfills her father's dream of seeing one of his daughters sit on the throne of England.
I don't know why but I can't get past Elizabeth being the villain when you root for her in the White Queen... am I missing something? I just feel like the stories are too conflicting.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
melodrama of history.
There were no particularly memorable moments in this book for me though it was a solid read.
I found the continual mourning of the main characters almost tiresome, though this book is no doubt at least partially based on true fact.
I enjoy Ms. Gregory's books and will continue to "listen" to them! Bring on the White Princess.
The women in this book & The Red Queen book show the ugly side of women & why men have a hard time with them being so emotional. What starts as a story of two loving sisters playing Queen turns into a story of them following their double crossing father to be the real Queen. As in the Red Queen, women show their caddy mean-natured side. Easily believing unfounded stories about the White Queen due to their underlying jealousy and greed rather than just excepting things as they are. Just like the Red Queen, at times the bitchiness of the women becomes too much to take but this book has Anne who could be rooted for. The best part of this & pervious book in the series is that Philippa covers all events of all characters.
Excellent book, excellent audio. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of books and whilst I've read the others I enjoyed listening to this one.
Of all the books of this series, this was my least favorite, not because it is not a good read. It is very well written. Ms. Gregory makes me feel as if I am there, in the great halls, standing at the edge of the battle fields, and eavesdropping on private conversations.
I think the reason that I liked this least of all of this series is the that father of the heroine of this story (The Kingmaker himself, Warrick) is a vile, treacherous, fence-sitter during the War of the Roses, one who "turns his coat" almost daily.
The history is good and accurate. I truly enjoy Ms. Gregory's works
The heroine is a pitiable character who has a horribly evil, greedy, petty, jealous sister, and a mean, thankless, nasty mother who makes her daughter's basically orphans due to her own cowardice. Yet despite all our heroine (being essentially an orphan and her sister's prisoner,) marries for love in a time when that is almost unheard of
I anxiously await the release of the next book in the series.
This is a great listen.
The entire story was memorable. If you like historical fiction then reading or listening to a Philippa Gregory novel is a must! Her extinsive research and commitment to be true to the past coupled with her story telling is a cosmic match. You will not be able to stop listening.
She got the characters spon on.
I really enjoyed this book, the series is terrific. You can't go wrong with Philippa Gregory and Bianca Amato!!!!
I would recommend it to my friends and family and I have done it already. I love Philippa Gregory books and although she has been criticised by historians I love her way of storytelling and the orientation for detail.
As I listened to The other Boleyn girl before this audiobook, I can compare it to it. But the story of Anne Boley is more known than the one of Anne Neville
I love Bianca Amato. She is amazing narrator. I love her english accent a the modulation of her voice.
It was not only a moment, it was the realization, that being a queen is not as romantic as it seems...it is very stressful, it requires responsibility, courage, and it comes with loneliness, distrust and fear....