©1992 Margaret George; (P)1998 Books on Tape
"An evocative portrait." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The best kind of historical novel, one the reader can't wait to get lost in." (San Francisco Chronicle
"George has creative a lively, gallant Mary of intelligence, charm and terrible judgment....A popular, readable, inordinately moving tribute to a remarkable queen." (Kirkus Reviews)
As with all of Margaret George's books, this is an entertaining, mostly accurate historical accounting of an interesting life. George manages to portray several different facets of the Queen's personality, a willful, foolish girl, a haughty self-centered woman, a not very skilled tactician and a woman who is a victim of the times. By the end of the book I was fed up with Mary's careless disregard for the lives of her subjects and wasn't overly saddened by her fate. I believe that history has shown Mary to be far more devious than this book lets on, but it is after all, fiction. This is a lengthy book well worth the time invested in listening. The narration is excellent.
Great character development and great narration. If you love history and have spent any time reading about Mary Stuart you will enjoy this book. I definately recommend it.
Exhaustive is the key word here. This is my first Margaret George book and I mostly enjoyed it but I could have done with a little less detail as I started to lose interest in places. But, will try another of hers in the future.
Margaret George wrote an amazing depiction of Queen Mary's life and Donada Peter's led me on that journey with an amazing performance.
Donada Peters took me back to Queen Mary's life. I felt like I was there. Amazing performance. I'll seek out book that she has performed.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
That's hard to say based on the sheer column of books that I've read. But I'd have to put it in the top 20%.
Ms. George not only provides the reader with a well- written account of her primary subject matter, but she includes a plethora of historical information on the era's people, lifestyles, clothing, architecture, customs and mores. Also Donata Peters, an outstanding narrator, was the perfect match for this audiobook.
Being a book based on fact, I pretty much knew the "back story" already so there was not much to shock me.
All books by Margaret George are such masterpieces that I make sure I buy both the audio AND hard copy versions.
Just a history teacher who loves to read
I particularly liked the accents used, and the pacing.
This is a difficult history for me to stay interested in, all the political marriages, and names of one noble after another. This audiobook helps me wrap my mind around the story, and throughout a big part of listening to this I looked up the proper nouns in google images to better visualize this geography.
yes, the pronunciation, especially for Scottish and French words, was very valuable.
Great read, definitely have a hard copy so you can spell the words you want to look up correctly.
Title says it all. Got about a third of the way through it and gave it up. I don't often do that, even if it is bad I want to make it to the end, but as I knew how it ended... well, didn't feel bad starting something else.
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