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The Other Boleyn Girl | [Philippa Gregory]

The Other Boleyn Girl

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.
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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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    Winnifred Atlanta 04-06-13
    Winnifred Atlanta 04-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Philippa did it again!"
    Would you listen to The Other Boleyn Girl again? Why?

    Oh my God.... I couldn't drop my head set! so captivating and riveting, you will feel every emotion from each of the characters. Susan Lyons's voice brought this story to life.


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    Karla Molnar Florida 03-25-13
    Karla Molnar Florida 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Shallow Entertainment"

    Ultimately, this was an entertaining listen. Susan Lyons has a beautiful voice and I think her talent helped make Mary Boleyn a more sympathetic character than the text itself may have allowed. I didn't count on the novel's "bodice-ripper" qualities, and I don't really care to read/hear the PG-13 details of a love scene. It seemed ridiculous, and because of this, I wouldn't choose another book by Gregory again.

    I was far more interested in the machinations of the court, Anne Boleyn, and the historical figures, and when these were the focus, the novel was an interesting and entertaining take on a fascinating era.

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    Madella Ellicott City, MD 02-14-13
    Madella Ellicott City, MD 02-14-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an interior decorator who specializes in custom window treatments. I listen to my books while I'm working in the workroom which helps pass the time and allows me to multi-task.

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    "Didn't want it to end"
    What did you love best about The Other Boleyn Girl?

    Loved this historical fiction book...felt like such an indulgence to listen to it (like I was watching a soap opera, but with depth). A true joy to read.


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    Jillian Waynesburg, pa, United States 02-07-13
    Jillian Waynesburg, pa, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The movie doesn't do this justice"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book might not always follow historical events but it is a great ride,


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how we see a different side of the king's mistress


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love this book when I read it in print but now I can "read" it at work


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    Katalin New York, NY, United States 11-21-12
    Katalin New York, NY, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Boleyn Girl to be better than the print version?

    I really liked how the reader's subtle change in accents helped made the characters come even more to life. I'm sure I enjoyed this much more because I listened to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Boleyn Girl?

    All the "behind the scenes" moments of Anne before she got married to Henry. I've never realized (even when I saw the movie or the TV series a few years ago), just how much of a toll it must have taken on her to do what she had to, to reach her goal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Mary was with the Queen, and as Henry and Anne departed, the Queen received a letter from Henry... It was quite powerful to me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not clever or witty enough to come up with a tag line, but I thought the way women were viewed by society, as well as the sacrifices they were forced to make, was quite fascinating, and it would be along these lines.


    Any additional comments?

    I really would like to find out more about this time period. I wish there would be a short summary at the end of the book, detailing just how accurate the novel was compared to history (or as much as we know of it).

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    Saundra Thronton Co 80241 10-08-12
    Saundra Thronton Co 80241 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

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    Holly Winterville, GA, United States 09-06-12
    Holly Winterville, GA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't let the voice turn you off in the beginning!"

    I had read this book a long time ago, and when I got my audible account, I decided to give this a try. The narrator initially gave me a bit of a turn, but as she warmed up, and the main character aged, her voice "aged" with the character. It really worked for me, and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves to listen to books on tape, and enjoys the medieval history-based novels.

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    Beth WESTFIELD, MA, United States 08-17-12
    Beth WESTFIELD, MA, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Phillippa Gregory never fails to satisfy"
    Where does The Other Boleyn Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am ravinous for all books about English history. The author of this book like so many of her works contin ues to delight in satifying my hu nger for this type of reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The d ifference between the two Boleyn sisters in terms of their moral attitudes.


    What does Susan Lyons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ovbiously having an english person reading the story gives the story authenticity and the proper feel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did make alot of comments to the characters out loud telling them of their foolish choices.


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