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The Kingmaker's Daughter Audiobook

The Kingmaker's Daughter

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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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    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable historical fiction"

    This was my first book by this author, don't know how I missed her. I have since purchased all her books on good reads and cannot wait to listen to all of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "a book you cant put down"
    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 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria NARARA, Australia 11-05-12
    Gloria NARARA, Australia 11-05-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Historically incorrect"

    This book is historically incorrect on many fronts but the most obvious is to suggest Anne Neville wife of Richard III was in any way instrumental in bringing about the disappearance or death of Edward V and Richard Duke of York - whether you believe their deaths were due to Richard III or not is one thing to suggest Anne had anything to do with it is to deny all historical knowledge and evidence. According to chroniclers of the time Robert Brackenbury was under strict orders from the king that anything to do with the Princes could only have been done on receipt of a royal warrant from King Richard himself to suggest he took it on himself at a mere suggestion from Anne is to defame the man's character.

    Also Ms Gregory really needs to decide if she is writing an historical novel or a fantasy piece as it is doubtful any person interested in this period of history today would believe Elizabeth Wydville capable of witchcraft.

    Furthermore the book is badly written the same points are made again and again and again it is repetitive and tedious in the extreme. There are several instances of use of the present day vernacular which strikes a discordant note in the narrative. I would suggest this book was written to appeal to a young audience who would not know or care about historical detail.

    All in all I would not recommend this book.

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    Jennifer S. 04-11-17
    Jennifer S. 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    Another great book by Gregory. I have enjoyed so many and although some mirror others, they all add more details on this time in history.

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    Niki Gamboa 02-27-17
    Niki Gamboa 02-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a different view"

    I have been reading this series in order.. so many plot twists and turns it is unbelievable Ms. Gregory can keep them all straight.. I am still dying to know what happened to the Rivers boys in the tower !! And did Richard actually love Princess Elizabeth??

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    Diane Lawton 02-24-17
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    "One of Philippa Gregoy's best!"

    Complimentary tale to The White Queen and The Red Queen by adding another perspective to the events leading up to the Tudor era. Lots of intrigue, betrayal and romance. Loved it!

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    26Kldray 02-19-17
    26Kldray 02-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Phillipa Gregory is an Historical Genuis! I relish in every word.. I absolutely love her books

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-16
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    "Great read"

    I especially love hearing the story from all the different viewpoints of the women involved. Everyone learns the story of Richard III and the princes in the tower in school but never like Ms Gregory tells it.

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    Paula 10-02-16
    Paula 10-02-16
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    "The Kingmaker's inheritage: ambition, power, death"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingmaker's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I think in this case the áudio version is more attractive than the print version because sometimes the story is monotonous, focusing on Richard Neville's ambitions. I believe the audio version allows the reader to go through these parts of the story without losing interest in the events. In the print version, the reader can be tempted to leave it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Philippa Gregory? Why or why not?

    Of course I will. I love Philippa Gregory's books. She is an amazing author, using historical facts to tell a story and focusing on female characters, at a time where (and when) power was centered in the hands of men.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    Bianca Amarto was able to present in his account the changes occurred with the Neville girls, especially Anne. It can be seen during the narrative that Anne is no longer an insecure girl to become a woman who wants to fulfill her father's ambitions - to become Queen of England.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, because when comparing it with "The White Queen" and "The Red Queen", it is clear that a story always has two sides. Not that the Cousins' War has more than one version, but the role of each of those involved in the events varies depending on who is telling the story. Isabel and Anne Neville, appear as subserviente women and unable, in this book were describe as women who secretly desire the throne of England.

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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
  • AReader
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    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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