The Kingmaker's Daughter is a repeat of the exact same story as Phillipa Gregory's The White Queen except told from the perspective Anne Neville. If you have read the White Queen don't buy this book unless you have credits to spare and want to read the same story again. It wasnt that I didn't enjoy listening to the book, per se, but it was waste of a credit. I am going to be returning the book. I agree with other reviewer's that this is grade B historical fiction and formulaic. It was an easy way for Phillipa Gregory to publish another book to make more money but doesn't add anything additional to the Cousin's War Series.
No, not unless they had more listening time than discrimination. Whether it is remotely accurate I cannot say. There is just not enough interesting material for a book this long. Take out the redundancy and you may have a short story. I disliked the characters, all of them. I have really enjoyed a few of Ms. Gregory's titles, some in the cousins war series, some not. Based on this most recent read I hesitate to continue with the series.
Bernard Cornwall, just sayin
I like her voice, she reads honestly.
Im sure it will be a part of whatever series is planned, maybe one episode.
You can get all this historic info from a basic textbook, just use your imagination to fill in with a little emotional angst, check the family trees to see who lives and who dies, and move on to Henry VII.
I would gladly recommend this audiobook as it is intriguing and hard to put down.
Three others and it would be helpful if the books were numbered in order to read chronological.
A good read
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.
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!!!!