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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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.
"The tragic life of Katherine Parr"
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
This is the first I've heard but enjoyed her reading very much
Sacrifice and betrayal in the royal court of Henry VIII
Loved this book - will listen to it again
"OK, but didn't really grab me."
No. The book was OK, but didn't really catch my attention. Have been a Tudor student since the age of 7, and this didn't add anything or conflict with anything. A couple of interesting perspectives.
She struggled and at times failed to maintain accents, making it difficult to keep track of who was speaking, and changing the focus to the performance rather than the book.
"Had me gripped from start to finish!!"
The White Queen
Some parts are very sad and shed a few tears, others parts had me holding my breath in anticipation
"Interesting and enjoyable"
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.
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?)
Inspired me to read more
Give it some time and I will just have to forget it a bit more, is just a real good listen bit of romance bit of history
I love the story line of her maid Dot
Really well read
I just had to listen to the story every minute I had got so into the story
It a great way to get a bit of history without it just being facts and I'm sure it very romanticised
The Queens Gambit is a no brainnor gambit. As novels set in Tudor times goes this is amongst the best. This story does avoid a lot of the page filling and mind blowing drivel that others seem to rely on. That is to say long lists of events, dates or people who are related in some outlandish ways are noticeable absent and that is a blessing. Because of this the story seems to flow more naturally and you can get a real feel of the characters and their exploits.
I used to read a lot of Tudor novels and got to a position where by I was heartedly sick and bored with the whole lot of it. I was finding that most writers stuck to the more infamous Tudor Queens and churn out the same well known information time and time again. I only got this book as it was on sale and it was one of the best moves I’ve made. Because the author has bucked this trend the story is interesting and engaging. I am looking forward to her next work of literary art.
The narrator is very clear and easy to listen to. She gives each character its own unique charm and draws you into the story with finesse.
"Catherine Parr in a new light"
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.
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.
Think you know Catherine Parr - Think again
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!!
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.
"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.
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