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Queen's Gambit | [Elizabeth Fremantle]

Queen's Gambit

The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries, and romance - and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr, widowed for the second time aged 31, is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love.
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Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Elizabeth Fremantle’s historical novel Queen’s Gambit, read by the actress Georgina Sutton.

The court of Henry VIII is rife with intrigue, rivalries, and romance - and none are better placed to understand this than the women at its heart. Katherine Parr, widowed for the second time aged 31, is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging king and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless, when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love.

But her presence at court has attracted the attentions of another.... Captivated by her honesty and intelligence, Henry Tudor has his own plans for Katherine and no one is in the position to refuse a proposal from the king. So with her charismatic lover dispatched to the continent, Katherine must accept the hand of the ailing egotistical monarch and become Henry’s sixth wife - and yet she has still not quite given up on love.

©2013 Elizabeth Fremantle (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "The Sixth Queen"
    If you could sum up Queen's Gambit in three words, what would they be?

    Historical Exciting Terrifying


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes you back to the Court of Henry VIII with a vivid sense of the terrors and infighting which was part of being a member of the Royal Household. All jockeying for the King's favour it lead to intrigue and plotting


    Which character – as performed by Georgina Sutton – was your favourite?

    Queen Katherine was my favourite


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The point when Queen Katherine thought her upriver journey was going to end at The Tower of London and imprisonment. Instead, she was rowed to Windsor Castle and her sense of relief was almost palpable.


    Any additional comments?

    This tale illustrated the frailty of all who were under the eye of Henry VIII. His childish rages and cruel ways gave everyone a sense of danger. Savage punishments were carried out and torture was the order of the day. It was a great relief when, as history tells us, Queen Katherine outlived him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patabee
    Notts., United Kingdom
    8/6/13
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    Performance
    Story
    "Catherine Parr"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well narrated, with each character very recognisable. Not so many books about Catherine Parr, but very interesting from start to finish, with tension and brilliant portrayal of the times. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Tudor history.

    Patabee

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/16/13
    Overall
    "Would recommend"

    I found this book quite gripping - it cleverly demonstrated the emotions of the protagonist throughout while maintaining focus and historical perspective (although I do not know how historically accurate it was as I did not listen to the author's note). I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    9/9/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Queen's Gambit, An Enjoyable Listen"
    What did you like most about Queen's Gambit?

    This was an easy listen, great to listen when busy occasionally back-tracking just to keep up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katherine is the key to this novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, sorry, i wasn't sitting on the edge of my seat, but you don't always want that from a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Try it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Orchard
    London, UK
    8/17/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "A fabulous history made boring"
    What would have made Queen's Gambit better?

    It went for the popular vote making it feel like a bit of a soap.


    Has Queen's Gambit put you off other books in this genre?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to read another Alison Weir book for a true feel for the history of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fran
    6/14/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Phillipa Gregory look out!"
    What made the experience of listening to Queen's Gambit the most enjoyable?

    It had me on the edge of my seat, always exciting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A new angle of the life of the forgotten Queen.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The adventure of Dot in Newgate Prison, so evocative!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The real heroine of Henry's six wives.


    Any additional comments?

    So sorry when it ended, really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Leicese, United Kingdom
    10/13/13
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    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting and enjoyable"
    What did you like most about Queen's Gambit?

    I used to be interested in the Tudors and I thought it might be interesting to see it through the eyes of Katherine Parr. I don't know how historically accurate it was but I enjoyed it. I thought the fear she must have felt came through well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find myself trying to manufacture moments to listen when not in the car, and although we all know the ending it was still suspenseful (is that a word?)


    Any additional comments?

    Inspired me to read more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    newport pagnell, United Kingdom
    8/4/13
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    Performance
    Story
    "Catherine Parr in a new light"
    If you could sum up Queen's Gambit in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, surprising,heartrending


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved how their stories are told in the present, How Dot, her maid and Catherine's lives are played out at court and how dangerous that can be.
    We all know Catherine was 'the one who survived ' but that was all I knew of her, apart that she married 4 times. The end of the book was sad and I did have a tear in my eye.


    What does Georgina Sutton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Loved her reading, the accents were great, although I don't know if they were correct, but still, what do I know of accents in Tudor times.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Think you know Catherine Parr - Think again


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book in the Sale,I love History and thought ' I'll give this ago ' I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed this and have spread the word ( to family only ) and cannot wait to see a second book from this author. Brilliant first book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. Davis
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "The Queens Gambit"

    I am listening to this at the moment and really enjoying it. I thought that I had read all about King Henry V111's wives but I have learned a lot with this book. It is very well written and is holding my interest completely. Cathering Parr has always seemed to be the less interesting wife but I am really enthralled by her character and also the way women were treated at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kath Potter
    Durham England
    11/2/13
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    Performance
    Story
    "The tragic life of Katherine Parr"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Queen's Gambit to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What did you like best about this story?

    I knew a lot about Henry VIIIs other wives but just a little about Katherine Parr so it was fascinating to hear about her life and loves.This story was well written and I feel I know so much more about the sixth wife now


    Have you listened to any of Georgina Sutton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I've heard but enjoyed her reading very much


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sacrifice and betrayal in the royal court of Henry VIII


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book - will listen to it again

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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