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The Other Boleyn Girl Audiobook

The Other Boleyn Girl

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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 the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn. As Mary watches Anne manipulate her rise to the throne, 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, ambition, lust, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very center of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.

©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"You want a real page-turner, but you don't want to tarnish your reputation for literary taste. The Other Boleyn Girl is your kind of... book." (Newsday)

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    Sarah 01-17-15
    Sarah 01-17-15
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    "Oh my the historical inaccuracies!!"

    Long slow read littered with issues.
    I'm not sure if I can handle to read anymore of her books. Not a fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saundra Thronton Co 80241 10-08-12
    Saundra Thronton Co 80241 10-08-12 Member Since 2016

    Now, a retired anthropologist with the time to listen to books as I weave, quilt and crank out functional fabrics for fun :)

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    "Beautiful & 14 in the court of King Henry VIII"
    What did you love best about The Other Boleyn Girl?

    What did a 13 year old girl need to know to survive a life in the court of King Henry the eighth; a lot more than you might think. But in Philippa Gregory's work, the reader will discover the most intimate and visceral of necessary knowledge.


    What other book might you compare The Other Boleyn Girl to and why?

    The style and flow of this book reads much like the author's other works about the Tudor court and years of war that preceded it. It is good to read all of these books of richly worded English History in the sequence of time rather than the order they were written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fine writing and narration of this book gives the reader not only the feel but the smell of what it took for Mary Boleyn to escape the court then ride alone to a distant hamlet. It was not only the courage it took to leave, but the courage and knowledge it took for her to ride her horse for days, negotiate for food and safe havens to sleep, then stand before her Knight, pungent with the smell of horse and unwashed woman, hoping with all her being that she would not be turned away.


    If you could take any character from The Other Boleyn Girl out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would want to go back in time to interview Mary Boleyn Stafford as a grandmother on hearing all that would happen to the many wives of her past royal lover and what she thought of the social & religious upheavals that followed the beheading of her sister. Other than that, I would not miss the chance to listen to the servants and musicians who were also first hand witnesses.


    Any additional comments?

    If my history classes and reading assignments had been this much fun I would have been far more attentive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna 08-20-16
    Jenna 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "High quality story richly researched, but vulgar."

    I enjoyed the novel the same way I enjoy most of this author's works. I loved the literary devices and the author's choice to tell Anne Boleyn's story from her sister's point of view. I did, however, struggle with the quantity of the racy bits. I felt like this story was a little pornographic, and while I don't shy from people writing about sex (it being a part of human life, after all) I felt like many passages could have been written more discreetly. This isn't a book I want to keep in my library or one that I'd want on my shelves.

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    jeanneserenity 12-11-16
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    "Surprising new look at Anne Boleyn"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have always loved historical novels & this was awesome. Of course I would recommend it if you aren't afraid to change your old perceptions of Henry the VIII's second wife.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    The performance was great too. Susan Lyons really brought the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    When I finished it I couldn't wait to start the next Philippa Gregory book!

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    KPS 11-28-16
    KPS 11-28-16
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    "Entertaining"

    With so many twists and turns, this book goes on and on. This absorbing tale of life in King Henry's court is a great distraction from what's happening in the world right now.

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    gloria J. Ackley 11-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disappointed in the narrator"

    When she read it sounded like her mouth is very dry and made it annoying sounds. 😠

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    Christine Bacci Wichita,ks 11-23-16
    Christine Bacci Wichita,ks 11-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "love love love"

    every one of the tudor court series books is amazing and this was read incredibly well!!

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    Amazon Customer NC 11-22-16
    Amazon Customer NC 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "George Boleyn was gay?"

    This is the first time that I heard that the Boleyn son was gay. It was good to learn a little more about Mary Boleyn. I would enjoy a book on her life after court.

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    Sara M Tobin 11-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent!"

    A wonderful gripping story, with a great narrator, highly recommend! Historical fiction at its finest.

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    Lundy 10-23-16
    Lundy 10-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Uh, I don't think so."

    The story is interesting enough, though overly Harlequin Romance for my taste. But given that there is an actual history here, this is way, way more fiction than historical. There's taking some liberty to fill in some blanks, and then there's just making almost the whole thing up. Why not just write fiction without the historical names? Anne Boleyn poisoned three people, maybe five, maybe more? Really?

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