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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.

    14 of 14 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.

    9 of 9 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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 12-10-07
    Deborah 12-10-07
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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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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-27-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Kane 02-27-15
    Julia Kane 02-27-15 Member Since 2014

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "Oh What A Treasure!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessi Hollis Bakersfield, CA 02-26-15
    Jessi Hollis Bakersfield, CA 02-26-15
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    "Well written, hard to stick with"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would if they enjoyed history. I am a history lover, but I found this book to finish. I have read other books on Mary, and I find it hard to rehear or read her life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Margaret George? Why or why not?

    Of course! She is amazing! Her Cleopatra was my favorite. One of the best books I have read, and listened too.


    What about Donada Peters’s performance did you like?

    She is also amazing. I have listened to several books read by her and I find her voice east to listen too.


    Was Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles worth the listening time?

    It was in the begging but I left it at 18 hours to go. I just couldn't stay invested.


    Any additional comments?

    Mary Queen of Scots is a sad woman. She had great potential but always let her religion and other guide her. If only she could of seen that her country was the way it was and try to follow her mind and not her body and heart, she could have been a great Ruler, Mother, and remembered for her politics, and mind other than her affairs, and beheading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie W. Rayl Myrtle Beach, S.C., US 12-31-14
    Debbie W. Rayl Myrtle Beach, S.C., US 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great biography"
    What did you love best about Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles?

    It made her life seem real and current


    What other book might you compare Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles to and why?

    Henry VIII by Alison Weir


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her beheading


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Forgotten, Misunderstood Queen


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alain santa Fe, NM, United States 12-24-14
    Alain santa Fe, NM, United States 12-24-14 Member Since 2013

    professor. like great and VERY good books, fiction and history, mainly

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    "BODICE BUSTER"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book. I had expected history.


    What could Margaret George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think she is my kind of author.


    Did Donada Peters do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    OK


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles?

    All the puerile sex, for starters!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like romantic historical novels, you may enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nora Pocatello, ID, United States 07-29-14
    Nora Pocatello, ID, United States 07-29-14

    12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc

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    "well researched"
    Would you try another book from Margaret George and/or Donada Peters?

    One of my favorite writers


    Would you recommend Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would reccommend this book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    thos in which her childhood is exoplored


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Onne of my favorite writer very good research

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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