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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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    Michelle 09-03-13
    Michelle 09-03-13 Member Since 2011

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    "More Haters on the Throne"

    The women in this book & The Red Queen book show the ugly side of women & why men have a hard time with them being so emotional. What starts as a story of two loving sisters playing Queen turns into a story of them following their double crossing father to be the real Queen. As in the Red Queen, women show their caddy mean-natured side. Easily believing unfounded stories about the White Queen due to their underlying jealousy and greed rather than just excepting things as they are. Just like the Red Queen, at times the bitchiness of the women becomes too much to take but this book has Anne who could be rooted for. The best part of this & pervious book in the series is that Philippa covers all events of all characters.

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    Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings Queensland, Australia 07-01-13
    Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings Queensland, Australia 07-01-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Excellent book, excellent audio. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of books and whilst I've read the others I enjoyed listening to this one.

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    Cyndie Stevens 06-14-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent Historical Fiction-Sense being present"

    Of all the books of this series, this was my least favorite, not because it is not a good read. It is very well written. Ms. Gregory makes me feel as if I am there, in the great halls, standing at the edge of the battle fields, and eavesdropping on private conversations.

    I think the reason that I liked this least of all of this series is the that father of the heroine of this story (The Kingmaker himself, Warrick) is a vile, treacherous, fence-sitter during the War of the Roses, one who "turns his coat" almost daily.

    The history is good and accurate. I truly enjoy Ms. Gregory's works

    The heroine is a pitiable character who has a horribly evil, greedy, petty, jealous sister, and a mean, thankless, nasty mother who makes her daughter's basically orphans due to her own cowardice. Yet despite all our heroine (being essentially an orphan and her sister's prisoner,) marries for love in a time when that is almost unheard of

    I anxiously await the release of the next book in the series.

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    leanne SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA, United States 03-18-13
    leanne SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great Philippa Gregory book!!!"
    Where does The Kingmaker's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great listen.


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

    The entire story was memorable. If you like historical fiction then reading or listening to a Philippa Gregory novel is a must! Her extinsive research and commitment to be true to the past coupled with her story telling is a cosmic match. You will not be able to stop listening.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    She got the characters spon on.


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    Amy Leland, il, United States 03-11-13
    Amy Leland, il, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book - Great Series!!!!"

    I really enjoyed this book, the series is terrific. You can't go wrong with Philippa Gregory and Bianca Amato!!!!

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    Sabrina Prague, Czech Republic 03-05-13
    Sabrina Prague, Czech Republic 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The kingmaker's daughter - amazing story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to my friends and family and I have done it already. I love Philippa Gregory books and although she has been criticised by historians I love her way of storytelling and the orientation for detail.


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

    As I listened to The other Boleyn girl before this audiobook, I can compare it to it. But the story of Anne Boley is more known than the one of Anne Neville


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    I love Bianca Amato. She is amazing narrator. I love her english accent a the modulation of her voice.


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

    It was not only a moment, it was the realization, that being a queen is not as romantic as it seems...it is very stressful, it requires responsibility, courage, and it comes with loneliness, distrust and fear....


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    Joanne Barrie, ON, Canada 02-11-13
    Joanne Barrie, ON, Canada 02-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of Philippa Gregory's Best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What a great listen. I'm a Philipa Gregory fan and absolutely loved this audiobook!!!!


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    L. United States 11-17-12
    L. United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVE IT!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kingmaker's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I'm still listening. Nearly finished. I listen only when I'm walking and this story and the narrator are so riveting that I find myself standing still, in place, with my hand over my mouth. At some points I have been afraid to go on fearing what may have befallen Anne. Just sooo good!


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

    all of them. She does such masterful job of distinguishing characters. I know who is speaking immediately and it's so subtle. Such a joy to listen t, storytelling is fabulous with her as the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want ti to end. There are too many plauisible, probable and some quite sad endings that could be. Suspense!!!!!

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    Mallory Chicago, IL, United States 10-05-12
    Mallory Chicago, IL, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Great Story from Philippa Gregory"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kingmaker's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I had read The White Queen which was set in the same time but from the opposite perspective so it was intriguing and not repetitive. Great narrator as usual.


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

    Any other by Philippa Gregory.


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

    Great with changing the voices - fantastic narrator.


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

    Not really because I wanted it to last.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Philippa Gregory's next book already!

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    Tracy United States 10-04-12
    Tracy United States 10-04-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Wonderful Story from Philippa Gregory!!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many, but when Anne was assisting with her sisters first labor...When Anne fell in love with Richard and he came to her rescue...


    Any additional comments?

    I love the style that Philippa Gregory writes her books. The first person really makes you feel what the characters could have felt. It is such a different culture than what we have today, she makes it easy to escape into the story of Anne. All the multiple struggles she feels seem so real. Love Bianca's narration also. She identifies the different characters so well you think its really a man speaking. Even if you are not interested in History I think listeners would still enjoy. Even with many factual situations going on it easy to follow. Highly recommended to anyone who likes a good story! (even though this is based on Anne's real life)

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