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The Other Boleyn Girl: A Novel | [Philippa Gregory]

The Other Boleyn Girl: A Novel

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.
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Publisher's Summary

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.

A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

©2001 Philippa Gregory Ltd; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 09-07-10
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 09-07-10 Member Since 2002

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    "Interesting"

    Another reviewer suggested that I read "The Constant Princess" first, so I did. I loved it, and I loved The Other Boleyn Girl. I had never paid that much attention to Henry 8th before.

    It got me watching The Tudors, a Showtime production and I'm totally hooked!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Crofton, MD, United States 02-20-14
    Chelsea Crofton, MD, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my type of Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less Sex and disturbing imagery


    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    I liked the story I just was disappointed about all the sex involved. Not my type of book, I would not read it again or recommend it.


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    Amanda Dumont Tennessee 05-03-13
    Amanda Dumont Tennessee 05-03-13

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    "Loved It"

    Ruthie Henshall did a wonderful job with one of my favorite books. This was a great first choice for me to get into audio books.

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    Meagan Tulsa, OK, United States 04-21-11
    Meagan Tulsa, OK, United States 04-21-11
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    "Disappointed"

    I had high hopes for this audio book. I downloaded it to listen to after I had read the book and really enjoyed it, but this is abridged! They left out half of the book!

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-04-09
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-04-09
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    "Better than the movie"

    I've read a couple of Philippa Gregory books and have liked them but for some reason, I get really bogged down in them, especially the politics of the period. Audible had the perfect answer! Although I never download abridged versions, this worked perfectly for me. I got the story with just enough politics. If you liked the movie, I think the book is even better.

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    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 07-30-09
    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 07-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Intriguing!"

    This is a very well-crafted, interesting book. I would reccommend reading The Constant Princess first and then this book. It makes for a chronologically interesting story. Definitely worth the read.

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    Kara Erie, PA, USA 09-02-08
    Kara Erie, PA, USA 09-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The Other Boyelyn Girl"

    I was attracted to this book after seeing the movie... I was completely ignorant of the activities that occurred in this time period and felt that it was intriguing as well as informational. I also felt that it cleared up the movie a bit and made some of the relationships a bit clearer.... I would definitely recommend this book if the movie left you wanting more information on this story

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    Val westwood, CA, United States 08-04-08
    Val westwood, CA, United States 08-04-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The other Boleyn Girl"

    Excellent story, fast moving, entertaining and engrossing. If you've seen the movie, this audible version is better.

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    Dara Lubbock, TX 06-20-08
    Dara Lubbock, TX 06-20-08
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    "I have really enjoyed this book"

    I have really enjoyed this audiobook. I like the lady who does the reading I think she is a very good voice actress. After reading thid book I look forward to seeing the movie and to reading more works not only by the author but by the reader.

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    DEBORAH HENNAGIR HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 06-13-08
    DEBORAH HENNAGIR HOUSTON, TEXAS, US 06-13-08 Member Since 2004
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    "the other boelyn girl"

    excellent and well read. never knew the extent of the dominance and manipulation

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