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The Lady of the Rivers Audiobook

The Lady of the Rivers

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Publisher's Summary

Passion. Danger. Witchcraft....

The Lady of the Rivers is number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s remarkable story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses.

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream.

Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke’s squire, Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. Henry the king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret the queen turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty.

Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter, Elizabeth, for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.

A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.

©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

“Sexy… scandalous… smart.” (Redbook)

“Gregory is a consummate historical author.” (Historical Novels Review)

“Confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    lorie parker 03-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Lupus, Lupy belly dance teacher and photographer gal...in love with Midieavel novels...

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    This is a well written and quite a page turner. The life and experiences of a woman who created a history of amazing women and men, Jaquette, the great grandmother Henry the VIII and the 3rd great grandmother of the famed Elizabeth the I, the Virgin queen. And imagine, these amazing people were descendants of a mystical water Goddess!? You must read this book and the rest in Phillipa Gregory's White Queen series to figure that out.

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    history buff louisiana 01-01-15
    history buff louisiana 01-01-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Love this series"

    The cousins' war series is wonderful. Have listened to it many times & always note something I must have missed before. Characters develop & change & grow. Hope she writes more series like this.

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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 10-10-14
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    This was really exciting and I gobbled it up in 2 days! One of my all time favorite audibles.

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    Amazon Customer 07-31-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Captivating Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have you ever seen the movie "Vantage Point"? To me, this series is the story of the Yorks told in that way. This story tells much about the White Queen's mother giving greater understanding of the period.


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

    I really enjoy listening to her voice and it is perfect for the story.


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    LCNanny 04-28-14
    LCNanny 04-28-14
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    "Wonderful Surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lady of the Rivers to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Having not read or listened to the first 2 books, I had no expectation and was engaged for the whole story. beautifully written and the audio is Perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History . Historical books don't often hold my attention, and I tend to drift at points. Not so with this book. Highly recommend it


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

    Made it come alive and her voice gave clarity to emotion and events.


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

    I loved to whole story..which is saying a lot for me, and each part told it's own layered story, and the voice gave these complicated layers life


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    Judith 01-29-14
    Judith 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining read"

    Jacetta has an interesting story, and it is told well. Wish I had read it before i read The White Queen. Doubt it has much historical accuracy, but I liked the characters, the pace, and the magic. Couldn't stop listening.

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    susan sparks worden, il United States 01-24-14
    susan sparks worden, il United States 01-24-14
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    "Loved This Book!"
    Where does The Lady of the Rivers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the main character Jaquetta. I really enjoy historical dramas.


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    Jeannie 10-02-13
    Jeannie 10-02-13
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    "Wonderful listen."

    This was a wonderful historic novel. I just wish she had started here as #1 book and worked forward instead of backward. Well written and well performed.

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    Amanda United States 09-20-13
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    "Not Gregory's best, but mostly a fun read"
    What did you love best about The Lady of the Rivers?

    The history and characters. It's also a long story so I feel like I got my money's worth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lady of the Rivers?

    When the main character made the decision to marry the low-born man that she loves.


    Any additional comments?

    The way in which the narrator constantly said the name "Jacquetta" was distracting and annoying.

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    Ramona Wheeler MIDWAY, GA, United States 07-22-13
    Ramona Wheeler MIDWAY, GA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2016

    Mother, wife, avid reader, cook extraordinaire!

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    "prepare to be transported"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lady of the Rivers the most enjoyable?

    Philippa Gregory's command of the fact from this period lend easily to the story lines and characters. She used real people and real events as guide posts to lead you through an engrossing tale of intrigue, hatred, witchcraft, and pure unadulterated passion. This title is one of my favorites, having read or listened to 6 previous titles in this time period.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This story takes before The White Queen and The Red Queen. It follows Jaquetta Rivers, mother of Elizabeth Woodville who is the lead in The White Queen. Knowing what is to come in The White Queen, I continued to think I knew what was about to happen and I was constantly surprised by the plot twists. This is a fascinating story surrounding an absolutely wonderfully portrayed woman who tried to make her own way in a world ruled by men.


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

    Bianca Amato is a fabulous narrator who masterfully portrays multiple characters with ease. I would recommend anyone listen to her read anything. I look forward to listening to her again.


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