Florida | Member Since 2011
I enjoyed hearing more about the White Queen (Queen Elizabeth). She is perpetually a fascinating character who is not afraid to take risks and her life has always been intriguing to me. I also looked forward to Elizabeth of York's viewpoint in appreciation of the fact that she married Henry VII, who was in many ways an enemy of her family. It was also fascinating at times to hear her recount moments and memories of her father, King Edward IV, who seems to have been an admirable king.
Honestly, I was glad it was over.
Of course I liked the White Queen (Queen Elizabeth) and also found the character Maggie to be quite likeable. Bianca Amato was the saving grace of the audiobook. I believe I would not have finished the book if it was in print version. Amato has become one of my favorite narrators now.
I usually really enjoy Philippa Gregory's books, and really wanted to like this one. The problems started from the beginning, when Elizabeth of York was supposedly very much in love with Richard III, which is hard to fathom considering that Richard was possibly involved with the murder of at least one of her brothers and possibly both. Also, I really disliked how her and Henry's relationship began with rape. She then goes on to love him, and then back to hating him as the story progresses. I understand the freedom that any writer has with writing a novel, but it seems that Henry raping her adds little to the story, other than to vilify Henry VII and making Elizabeth of York appear weak and very much the opposite of her mother.
Gregory was also gratingly repetitive of certain phrases throughout the book. Repeatedly hearing "the boy" or Elizabeth saying "I do not know" was especially grating and were really useless filler after the first ten uses. The reader is well aware that "the boy" is seen as a threat to Henry and that Elizabeth does "not know" anything. No need to constantly remind us! Even more irritating was Elizabeth's conversations with Margaret, Henry, her mother and Maggie were composed of the others saying something and Elizabeth repeating it back to them word for word. It was as if Elizabeth was constantly confused, undecided and was blindly stumbling through her life. Once again, in stark contrast to her mother, the White Queen.
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