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
"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)
Someone who loved Phillips Gregory. I liked 3 queens 3 sisters; but this is so cruel. Maybe too realistic for me.
She was wonderful
The story is true you know the ending. I've seen movies but the children were just pawns.
But Anne was so cruel. I didn't imagine her that cruel.
I thought the description of events and people brought Henry VIII court to life.
All the books in the cousin's series are wonderful.
She projected such feeling in her voice.
it's just okay compared to the book. The reader was excellent and I've enjoyed other books she's read. it's hard not to think of this book as factual, but only based on facts. I still love the storyline and it made me search for more info online which led me to new news that it may have a certain genetic anomaly that caused Henry's children to be ill or for the miscarriages. They are tracking it through his family tree now to see if it's a valid reason. It also covers his decline mentally and the actions he took with all of his wives.
I had read this book in hard copy several years ago. I then ordered it on audible books. I loved it. Even though I knew the story, listening to it somehow made it different. The narrator is superb her diction amazing.
Needing something to listen to I reopened it recently and listened to it again. It was every bit as good as the first time!
Even though we all know what happened to Ann Boleyn, it is more interesting when told from the viewpoint of Mary Boleyn, the "Other" Boleyn girl.
If you are a fan of historical fiction built around Henry the eighth, this is a book for you. Poor Henry, the dashing, handsome young prince becomes a fat, smelly, lecherous and dangerous old man unable to "get" a son upon his numerous wives and blames each in turn. Those once in such favor realize he is mercurial and their favor is unstable at best.
A delicious listen.
Reading this book got me started on my love of reading about the Kings and Queens of England and I have been completely consumed since!
Loved it...Very well written and narrated, Susan Lyons had a pleasant voice and did each character very well. I enjoyed listening to and reading this book. Philippa Gregory is a wonderful author.
Ms. Greggory at her best. This was my first book I read of hers and have been a die hard fan ever since.
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