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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.

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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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    Rachel 09-28-16
    Rachel 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "history has never been so intriguing!!"

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would!! I'm so glad I got it and loved every minute of it. longest book I have listened to and without a doubt in the top three. enjoy!!

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book by author (spoilers.)"

    Philippa Gregory has the most annoying habit of
    fabricating key historical facts and completely ommiting others. But in this particular case they are not totally unforgivable, EXCEPT where she said Anne adopted Mary's son. A totally unnecessary fabrication that does not move the story on in the least, and in fact she struggles with it later in the story. The one ommision I object to is the fact that it was well known that Mary Boleyn got a bad reputation in France as a young girl, and that is totally overlooked here. However, I really did enjoy this story best out of all her books that I've read so far. It's nice to have it written from a single point of view, it reduces all the redundancy and circular writing that is so headache inducing in other of her books. I really enjoyed the sibling's relationships with each other, it was delightful. The story is not rushed,
    making for a long, comfortable read.

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    Diana 09-25-16
    Diana 09-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not stop listening great performance"

    Narrative by Susan Lyons made the story come alive. Highly recommend to my friends, sisters.

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    msbmcarter 09-25-16
    msbmcarter 09-25-16
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    "the tudors"

    since I have been on disability for the last few years I have been interested in king Henry 8 not his wives. of all the movies, TV shows and some books, Gregory has given me a greater insight on them. I always wondered about the history of Queen Katherine and Anne Boleyn and mistress Mary Boleyn. thank you.

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    ashley younkman 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Blown Away"

    I have heard amazing things about this author an love historical fiction but I had never been drawn to the Tudor court. I decided to give this a try when it was on sale, and I am so thankful I did!!! I was blown away and couldn't put it down! (or take the earbuds out) I will now be getting the whole series, I want more! The narration was superb as well!!

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    Heather Ca 09-22-16
    Heather Ca 09-22-16
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    "Could not stop listening!"

    An amazing listen! If you enjoy historical fiction, you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to listen to the next one.

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    ben hickman 09-20-16
    ben hickman 09-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    I liked that I got a history lesson that read like a novel. The narrator was perfect . If I were to question anything it would be the true amount of historical fact. But as an avid listener, I was very satisfied with the novel.

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