©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.
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.
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.
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.
Gripping from the start, I am always amazed by Margaret George and her storytelling abilities. Her descriptive style is perfect for listeners like me. I became addicted to this book and am sad for it to end.
I was happy to hear, in the Author notes at the end, that of the over 200 names mentioned only 2 were fabricated. A true historical fiction which humanizes history. Thank you.
I have read three of Margaret George's books and loved them all immensely. I assumed this one would follow the same trend and was very sadly disappointed. I have absolutely no doubt that this book is incredibly historically accurate and very thoroughly researched so perhaps the fault lies in my not knowing much about Mary's story before diving into this book. All the same, it is among the most boring things I've ever sat through. Mary was a sad, mistreated woman who let herself get into bad situations and just was not a character I could connect with so her long, boring story was not my cup of tea. Again, perhaps the fault is my own but I would not recommend this to the casual listener.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
This is a 'Must listen to/read' from Margaret George. Having just finished another of her fine novels 'The Biography of Henry VIII' I just could not imagine a second novel being as good. I am so happy to say that I was wrong.
Although Ms. George's volumes are categorized as 'novels' as a historian I can assure you that they are 99% accurate as far as I can see. Well I was not there although my daughter thinks that I was!
Treat yourself to this treasure. I am British and am well submerged in the history of Scottish heartbreak. You will not be disappointed.
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