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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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    Elaine YARMOUTH PORT, MA, United States 10-01-12
    Elaine YARMOUTH PORT, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was told in the eyes of a child


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was So good from beginning to end can hardly wait for her next book


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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 09-30-12
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 09-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "History Made Engaging"
    Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

    Absolutely. A tale of such magnitude and complexity requires more than one listen to absorb all of the nuances that were probably missed the first two or three times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and the descriptiveness of the story.


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

    My favorite character was the younger daughter.


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

    I did not wish to listen to it all in one sitting because of its complexity, which required that I allow some marination time in my brain.


    Any additional comments?

    Phillippa Gregory is one of the greats when it comes to writing historical fiction, and her books are well suited to the audio format. This is the second Gregory audiobook that I have heard performed by Bianca Amato (among a cast of characters), and she was an excellent choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aurora Las Vegas, NV, USA 09-24-12
    Aurora Las Vegas, NV, USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Same war another viewpoint"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ms. Gregory tells a fascinating story about an important moment in history using the voices of several amazing women.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it tells the story of Richard the thirds wife in which she is presented as a whole woman, not the dishrag presented by history.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    She gives life to many of her characters. She helps keep you engaged in the story


    If you could rename The Kingmaker's Daughter, what would you call it?

    Anne Neville, the forgotten Queen


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Princess Elizabeth of York to weigh in!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 09-24-12
    Linda Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada 09-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great one by Philippa Gregory"

    I love anything by this author! She really brings the characters to life. Great narration by Bianca Amato as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Frazier Oklahoma 09-24-12
    M. Frazier Oklahoma 09-24-12

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    "Another awesome Philippa Gregory book."
    What did you love best about The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    The story was fantastic and so true to the history. The actress reading the book was perfect. Her proper English was very good and easy to understand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved all the characters.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    Her proper English was very good and easy to understand.


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    Stephen Elmira, ON, Canada 09-24-12
    Stephen Elmira, ON, Canada 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Get ready for a lot of repetition"
    What did you like best about The Kingmaker's Daughter? What did you like least?

    A good drama but the author repeats herself far too many times. I actually yelled out loud once (in my car thankfully) to stop saying the same things over and over again. I got a couple of other titles I was waiting for, so have put off finishing this one until later. I will go back to it though when I'm done the others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 09-23-12
    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 09-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Philippa Gregory NEVER disappoints!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingmaker's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I believe the characters come to life so much better when read by a talented narrator. This book was no exception...well done


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne was by far my favorite character. I was disappointed that she died of a broken heart after all she had conquered already in her life. I would have wished her to grow stronger, not weaker. However, you can't change history.


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    Dawn Marshville, NC, United States 09-17-12
    Dawn Marshville, NC, United States 09-17-12
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    "Perspective is EVERYTHING!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medieval historical fiction and Phillipa Gregory's works, in particular.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the third point of view of the same historical events I have read of Phillipa Gregory's accounts of the Cousins' War. I loved how each time the author has been loyal to her protagonist/narrator in each particular book.


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

    Bianca Amato has an extraordinary vocal range and portrayed the many characters with individual specificity.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    To thine own self be true...since it is impossible to trust anyone else!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E Bowie, MD, United States 05-05-13
    E Bowie, MD, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Overall Confusing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sometimes yes and sometimes no. This book didn't move at a steady pace. It was alternately exciting and boring. The concept of the story - two sisters being manipulated by their father to marry into the royal family - was far more exciting than Philippa Gregory was actually able to pull off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I identified the most with Anne Neville, the younger and seemingly more level-headed of the two sisters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have no issues with the narrator.


    Did The Kingmaker's Daughter inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This story feels incomplete. I was dissatisfied with the way it ended because I was left with so many questions. So many that I can't help but wonder if it was intentional.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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