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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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    Shammish 06-23-14
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    "Really fun read/listen!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was really easy for me to listen to this book. I have an hour commute to and from work, so I listen to audiobooks for entertainment and this book had me looking forward to it!
    I loved that I had to keep reminding myself that this book is fiction because the author does such a good job.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Lyons – was your favorite?

    I thought she did a great job so I can't say that I have a favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 05-16-14
    Catherine Anacortes, WA, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    The story line and narration are fabulous - you won't be able to put this one down!

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    Alysia APO, AP, United States 04-15-14
    Alysia APO, AP, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Historical fiction"

    Fun listen of the Tudor times with some good historical accuracy for event timelines thrown in.

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    Jaime 03-20-14
    Jaime 03-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "one of my favorites"
    If you could sum up The Other Boleyn Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing...addicting....outstanding


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Boleyn. ..she was misunderstood....but very loyal to het family...


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

    I look for books that she narrate...she brings you in to the book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anne had to let go of her true love Henry Percy it was just awful The pain she demonstrate is heart wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book it was absolutely wonderful and the narration was just outstanding

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    Carole 01-02-14
    Carole 01-02-14
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    "Get another reader!"

    The reader is Australian and her accent grates with very word she utters: exaggerated 'posh' English, attempting and failing to disguise the oz. can't go on listening: if you know what a British accent sounds like, avoid this reader (unless she's reading an Aussie or nz book)

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    Linda 11-22-13
    Linda 11-22-13 Member Since 2010

    I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!

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    "Good story! Worth the time~"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Boleyn Girl to be better than the print version?

    I had never read the book!


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard a lot about this book! Great listen!

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    Charlotte 10-30-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Other Boleyn Girl to be better than the print version?

    yes


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

    How women thought back then.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, she does a very good job in all of them.


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    Annie ALEXANDRIA, MN, United States 10-12-13
    Annie ALEXANDRIA, MN, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Those crazy Boleyns"
    What made the experience of listening to The Other Boleyn Girl the most enjoyable?

    I was constantly being shocked by how awful all of the Boleyns were! They are all crazy, some absolutely hateful, but can't seem to stay away from each other!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Boleyn. She comes across as such a victim who doesn't belong in the mix of all of these other despicable people, but she has her dark sides as well.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, but I do like her as the narrator for this one. Fun accent


    Any additional comments?

    I knew Henry VIII was mad, but apparently everyone was!

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    Avid Listener HARTSVILLE, SC, United States 05-26-13
    Avid Listener HARTSVILLE, SC, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Interesting Book!"
    If you could sum up The Other Boleyn Girl in three words, what would they be?

    This is a book of historical fiction filled with lots of drama, intrigue, and bouts of lust. Although I know how the real story unfolds, it is alluring to read it from an imaginative perspective.


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

    Since I have never read this type of historical fiction, I cannot compare it.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have listened to Susan Lyons, and I don't think it will be the last. She is an animated and expressive performer. Lyons did an excellent and believable job on all the voices.


    If you could rename The Other Boleyn Girl, what would you call it?

    Sex, Lies, and the Tudors


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen, a bit long, but it makes the story stronger.

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    Winnifred 04-06-13
    Winnifred 04-06-13 Member Since 2015
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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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