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The Kingmaker's Daughter | [Philippa Gregory]

The Kingmaker's Daughter

In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.

The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.

©2012 Philippa Gregory (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne.... In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters." (Publishers Weekly)

"Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work." (Library Journal

"Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Linda 09-17-12
    Linda 09-17-12

    I AM RETIRED LOVE TO LISTEN TO AUDIBLE BOOKS IN BED . LOVE SEWING,CRAFTS, AND GOING TO CHURCH.

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    What did you love best about The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    the story line was great, if you like history and the way they do things then you will like this book. a fast read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    the kings wedding


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the birth of her baby


    If you could take any character from The Kingmaker's Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    the only thing i didnt like was how they treated their mother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie G. Jones Louisville, KY 09-10-12
    Julie G. Jones Louisville, KY 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You can't go wrong with Philipa Gregory"

    I've listened to several of Philipa Gregory's books and they are all great. I enjoy Bianca Amato's narration as much as any I've heard.

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    Donna 07-19-14
    Donna 07-19-14
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    "Another hit!"

    Thank you for such great tales of the royal families of England. They are a very enthralling group!

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    Kevon 07-08-14
    Kevon 07-08-14

    love to read all sorts of books...exception sci-fi! I prefer books that are not horror-type stories...but there are exceptions to that too!

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    "Highly recommended"
    If you could sum up The Kingmaker's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, great character development, wonderfully written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    The ending


    What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her British accent adds a lot to the storyline and it's accuracy


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

    Yes


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    Karen Sherborn, MA, United States 04-06-14
    Karen Sherborn, MA, United States 04-06-14
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    "The White Queen - Redux"

    The Kingmaker's Daughter is a repeat of the exact same story as Phillipa Gregory's The White Queen except told from the perspective Anne Neville. If you have read the White Queen don't buy this book unless you have credits to spare and want to read the same story again. It wasnt that I didn't enjoy listening to the book, per se, but it was waste of a credit. I am going to be returning the book. I agree with other reviewer's that this is grade B historical fiction and formulaic. It was an easy way for Phillipa Gregory to publish another book to make more money but doesn't add anything additional to the Cousin's War Series.

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    Judith Clear Lake, WI, United States 01-29-14
    Judith Clear Lake, WI, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just keeps going, and going, and going..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they had more listening time than discrimination. Whether it is remotely accurate I cannot say. There is just not enough interesting material for a book this long. Take out the redundancy and you may have a short story. I disliked the characters, all of them. I have really enjoyed a few of Ms. Gregory's titles, some in the cousins war series, some not. Based on this most recent read I hesitate to continue with the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bernard Cornwall, just sayin


    What three words best describe Bianca Amato’s performance?

    I like her voice, she reads honestly.


    Could you see The Kingmaker's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Im sure it will be a part of whatever series is planned, maybe one episode.


    Any additional comments?

    You can get all this historic info from a basic textbook, just use your imagination to fill in with a little emotional angst, check the family trees to see who lives and who dies, and move on to Henry VII.

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    Cjay Parma Heights, OH, United States 01-29-14
    Cjay Parma Heights, OH, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2011

    CJay

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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would gladly recommend this audiobook as it is intriguing and hard to put down.


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Three others and it would be helpful if the books were numbered in order to read chronological.


    Any additional comments?


    A good read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn M. Irvin Northern Virginia, United States 10-23-13
    Dawn M. Irvin Northern Virginia, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2006

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    "The story is starting to wear thin"

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The White Queen. I've read many of Philippa Gregory's book and they're always top notch. Likewise I enjoyed # 2, The Red Queen. By the time # 3 (The Lady of the Rivers) rolled around I was starting to worry a little about how things were going. I applaud the idea of taking the same basic story and telling (and retelling) it from different perspectives, but by the time I got to # 4 (The Kingmaker's Daughter) the idea was feeling overplayed. There was a lot of repetition in this book (the main character obsessing over the same thoughts and making the same points over and over) and I think this, coupled with the fact that the reader pretty much knows the story inside and out by this point, made for dry reading from time to time. Once you get passed the first 3 books the only thing new is the main character's inner thoughts and perspective so there's nothing really that makes this a compelling page turner. Nobody new joins the story, there are no big revelations, you know who is going to die and at what point in the timeline, etc. It's nice to know what Ann's thoughts were on everything, but that's just it, nice. I don't feel like it paid off in comparison to the time and money investment of buying and listening to the book. Having read the reviews for Book # 5 I don't think I'm going invest another 15 hours in this story, and I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori J Dallas, TX 10-19-13
    Lori J Dallas, TX 10-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Phillipa Gregory's best books"
    Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

    No, I do not normally reread books


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was written from Anne Neville's point of view. It was refreshing to get an inside view of the court and the inner relationships of Anne with Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary D'Anjou, Richard and her sister Isabelle. You could feel her emotion and struggles with these relationships.


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Audio book!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Kingmaker's Daughter and why?

    Queen Mary D'Anjou and now I have added the Red Queen to my Wish List.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like historical fiction and Phillipa Gregory has been one of my favorite authors! This is by far one of her best books. It is told from the viewpoint of Anne Neville, the daughter of Earl of Warwick. She is a young girl at the beginning but is already enveloped in an adult world as part of the the Royal Court. It personalizes her struggles with her mother, Queen Margaret D'Anjou and Queen Elizabeth. Her relationship with her sister Isabelle is one of comfort and closeness and also one of pain and resentment. As the book progresses, you can see how Anne matures and becomes a strong women and fulfills her father's dream of seeing one of his daughters sit on the throne of England.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    book1123 10-17-13
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    "Not her best but still good..."
    Would you recommend The Kingmaker's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't know why but I can't get past Elizabeth being the villain when you root for her in the White Queen... am I missing something? I just feel like the stories are too conflicting.


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  • Katherine
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Wonerful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingmaker's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the printed version


    What other book might you compare The Kingmaker's Daughter to, and why?

    I just love Philippa Gregory's books and find it difficult to pick one out of the many and this wife of Richard the 3rd does play such an important role in English history.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favourite?

    Margaret the mother of Henry the 7th. She just never gave up


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

    It was sad that she died so young.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Richmond, United Kingdom
    12/15/12
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    "Six out of ten"

    Overall I enjoyed this and I wanted to hear it all. However I have some comments.



    I know the use of a neutral narrator is a literary device used to anchor the story; but I found the narrator in the story not so much neutral as vacant. This impression was emphasised by the delivery of the reader, which I found overly naive and bewildered. She could have started to get on my nerves. She also had some strange pronounciations - Mar'n for Martin, La'n for Latin, Burr-wick for Berwick, and Beaulieu as if it were French are a few examples. Perhaps they are historically correct, but I found they jarred.



    As the relationships are so complex, with kings coming and going, sometimes more than once each, marrying their cousins, and everybody being called either Henry or Richard, Anne or Margaret, there is a lot of repetition along the lines of " My mother reminded me that A was my greatuncle, the second son of my great grandfather by his second wife B, who was the daughter of C. How could he do this to me? I was the daughter of C, one of his oldest friends who had fought with him at the Battle of X before he changed sides and joined forces with D ?" etc.



    Not really bad but not fantastic either.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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