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....
What a great listen. I'm a Philipa Gregory fan and absolutely loved this audiobook!!!!
I'm still listening. Nearly finished. I listen only when I'm walking and this story and the narrator are so riveting that I find myself standing still, in place, with my hand over my mouth. At some points I have been afraid to go on fearing what may have befallen Anne. Just sooo good!
all of them. She does such masterful job of distinguishing characters. I know who is speaking immediately and it's so subtle. Such a joy to listen t, storytelling is fabulous with her as the reader.
I don't want ti to end. There are too many plauisible, probable and some quite sad endings that could be. Suspense!!!!!
I had read The White Queen which was set in the same time but from the opposite perspective so it was intriguing and not repetitive. Great narrator as usual.
Any other by Philippa Gregory.
Great with changing the voices - fantastic narrator.
Not really because I wanted it to last.
Looking forward to Philippa Gregory's next book already!
There were so many, but when Anne was assisting with her sisters first labor...When Anne fell in love with Richard and he came to her rescue...
I love the style that Philippa Gregory writes her books. The first person really makes you feel what the characters could have felt. It is such a different culture than what we have today, she makes it easy to escape into the story of Anne. All the multiple struggles she feels seem so real. Love Bianca's narration also. She identifies the different characters so well you think its really a man speaking. Even if you are not interested in History I think listeners would still enjoy. Even with many factual situations going on it easy to follow. Highly recommended to anyone who likes a good story! (even though this is based on Anne's real life)