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Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles | [Margaret George]

Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

An exhaustively researched novel weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.
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Publisher's Summary

An exhaustively researched novel weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.

©1992 Margaret George; (P)1998 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Robin Victoria , British Columbia, Canada 12-01-09
    Robin Victoria , British Columbia, Canada 12-01-09
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    "Well written, well read"

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States 09-10-10
    Sandra Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States 09-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It!"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Clearwater, FL, United States 12-10-07
    Deborah Clearwater, FL, United States 12-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Too Much Information"

    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.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Sunflower United States 02-04-13
    Sunflower United States 02-04-13
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    "My Favorite Audible Book yet"
    What made the experience of listening to Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles the most enjoyable?

    Margaret George wrote an amazing depiction of Queen Mary's life and Donada Peter's led me on that journey with an amazing performance.


    What about Donada Peters’s performance did you like?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2007

    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!!! 

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    "MARGARET GEORGE NEVER FAILS TO DELIVER!"
    Where does Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Being a book based on fact, I pretty much knew the "back story" already so there was not much to shock me.


    Any additional comments?

    All books by Margaret George are such masterpieces that I make sure I buy both the audio AND hard copy versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-07-13
    Robert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-07-13

    Just a history teacher who loves to read

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    "Brings to life a crazy history of Europe"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I particularly liked the accents used, and the pacing.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    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.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    yes, the pronunciation, especially for Scottish and French words, was very valuable.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Great read, definitely have a hard copy so you can spell the words you want to look up correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Santa Margarita, CA, United States 11-03-10
    Marianne Santa Margarita, CA, United States 11-03-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "never finished it"

    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.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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