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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.

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

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    Julie Gibson 01-30-08 Member Since 2006
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    "ABRIDGED!!!"

    How did I not notice that this was an ABRIDGED version?!? I despise abridgements! This book was really good though and the result is that now I want the unabridged version. If I can't find it on audiobook I will buy it to read. A combination of this book and the Showtime drama "The Tudors" has gotten me terribly interested in the life of Henry VIII. I have never liked trashy romance novels partly because they just make me feel stupid but here is one I can feel good about since it is somewhat educational! Too bad it is the ABRIDGED version!

    53 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 05-16-08
    Nik National Park, NJ, United States 05-16-08 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Great book!"

    This book is fantastic, and once again I wish it were not abridged. This is a great listen after "The Constant Princess", which is almost a continuation of the first story, but told by Mary Boleyn instead of Queen Catherine. I liked the narrator of this audiobook much more than the last one. I preferred Ann Boleyn to Mary in the beginning of the book. But you see the cruelness and blind ambition of Ann as the book goes on, and it is Mary who really grows up into a decent person even if she is a Howard-Boleyn by blood and breeding. I would recommend this book highly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Grass Valley, CA, USA 03-24-08
    Judy Grass Valley, CA, USA 03-24-08
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    "Great Book!!"

    This abridged version was very good, I usually don't like abridged but had no choice. I was pleasantly surprised.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    P. A. Conn Georgia 07-11-09
    P. A. Conn Georgia 07-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent - but abridged"

    This book was thoroughly entertaining. The reader was excellent. I RARELY buy abridged audio books but this book was the monthly selection of my bookclub and I didn't want to attend without even knowing the plot. I am glad I listened to the book, but I can't help but wonder what I missed! I agree with an earlier post that Mary ended up being the most likeable of the Boleyn girls. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Qasim Mohammad Rockville,MD 11-21-08
    Qasim Mohammad Rockville,MD 11-21-08 Member Since 2010

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    "a1"

    Now I am a big history buff, after I read this book. I don't buy the incest stuff either, though that is what (as I understand it) the hysterical witch hunt around Anne was suggesting. PG does extrapolate rather a lot from a little I think (she does the same again re Anne of Cleves' home life in The Boleyn Inheritance, which I thought was a rather better book and certainly gives an horrific insight into the paranoia at court in the latter days of Henry VIII's reign when he was a bloated monster, not at all the pretty boy of The Tudors).
    I liked this at the time, and thought McElhone was great, though I did find the incest stuff a bit wince making (but had that reaction to reading it too.) Haven't seen the big screen version yet, but would be interested to compare.
    overall i loved the book and i ended up getting other sequels related to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Antioch, CA, USA 09-20-08
    Veronica Antioch, CA, USA 09-20-08
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    "Compelling!"

    Having seen the movie before listening to this book it really was a delight that it was so much more than the movie. I really enjoyed it.

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    Catherine Lewisville , AR, USA 02-24-08
    Catherine Lewisville , AR, USA 02-24-08
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    "The Other Boleyn Girl"

    The audio book is great and a little better to understand than reading it, but you miss alot in the abridged version. Can't wait to see the movie hope it lives up to this great book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Nanaimo, BC, Canada 10-05-11
    Jamie Nanaimo, BC, Canada 10-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Other Boleyn Girl"

    This version of audio for The Other Boleyn Girl is abridged with approx. 6 ½ hours of story. There is another version, unabridged, with approx.26 hours of story. Needless to say, the difference in time commitment to this story made the abridged version more appealing. The story started out pretty slow and was much different than the movie…I must say that the narrator did a great job considering the many different characters. I don’t know about you, but the narrator makes a huge difference for me and this one was excellent. By the end of the book, I wanted more, which for me is a sign of a great book. I would recommend this book, it’s definitely a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A reminder of how much I hate abridged audiobooks"

    Story seemed pretty superficial. The gaps in the story left little doubt that it was abridged. I couldn't stick with it through until the end.

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    Christine W. Largo, Florida United States 12-31-10
    Christine W. Largo, Florida United States 12-31-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Credit Worthy"

    This is written in a lively and believable voice. It definitely held my interest and imagination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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