The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day.
From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores the most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
©2009 Philippa Gregory; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
Even though this is an abridged version, this audio is really good to listen to. I have several of Philippa's novels in hardcopy and have found that out of all of them, I haven't managed to actually read this one yet. Having listened to it though, I am eager to pick up the book and read it and pick up on the parts that have been missed out.
I love the way the different voices are portrayed with the different readers. It gives a sense of almost acting it out yet it is totally being read.
Once again a fantastic historial novel. Philippa has done a magnificent job in the writing of this book and I recommend you give this audio version a listen. You won't be disappointed.
"Frustrated about unabridged version not available"
Apparently this is due to be broadcast as a TV adaptation this Spring (2013), so I was keen to listen before the programme comes out. The narration is good, and the story from the women's perspective is always engaging to me. The problem is the abridged version means you miss out on so much and the book is if finished too quickly. I am sure at least half the book is cut out. I would listen again if an unabridged version came out.
"Not in the same league as Wolf Hall"
I downloaded this as I had listened to Wolf Hall which had given me a taste for historical fiction. Having enjoyed the film production of The Other Boleyn Girl, I thought I would try a book by Philippa Gregory and The White Queen caught my eye. Unfortunately it was rather too Mills and Boons-ish for me, was too historically inaccurate and contained an annoying amount of witchcraft references. That said, I might have enjoyed it better if I hadn't just listened to Wolf Hall which rather blew it out of the water.
"Philippa Gregory does it again"
I have a passion for historical novels and this one does not disappoint. Elizabeth Woodville is a fascinating woman who achieves greatness through her wits and beauty. Whether you like her or not you have to admire her. Beautifully read and I especially liked the way the war scenes were read by a man.
"The white queen"
Philippa Gregory amazing writer this fantastic story had me so gripped. Love old stories of what times were like
"Monarchy and Magic- A truly delicious cocktail"
Set in the late 1400s this is a lyrical and intelligent prequel to a phase of English history that is less well known than the subsequent Tudor Giants but every bit as exciting. This beautifully crafted book is packed with satisfying historical detail and leavened with a subtle hint of magic.
Emilia Fox is an inspired choice as narrator, utterly inhabiting the eponymous White Queen as by turns sibilant and sly, passionately powerful and tenderly vulnerable.
Brilliant prose, sparkling history and deft delivery.
Quite simply as good as it gets
"The White Queen"
Well worth the purchase, makes history more interesting.
The narrators brought the characters to life.
The White Queen as she was the central character.
Rank and privilege didn't protect anyone as life was so disposable. It was a sad tale.
Just glad that I purchased The White Queen and listened to it.
"Uninspiring historical novel"
This just seemed to drag. Of course we all know that there are so many facts that we don't know and a fictitious story has to be woven arounf primary evidence - the minutae of daily life, the way women thought at the time - but I felt the White Queen seemed to have the mind of a 20th (nay 21st) century woman.
There was, as we do know, a constant jostling for the right to the throne of England but this was so boring. I was just ticking off possible heirs and various battles. I have not read a Philippa Gregory novel before but have been told she is excellent. Perhaps this was one of her more lack-lustre ones.
"Fox is a dull little mouse...again..."
I have a very mixed view of Phillipa Gregory and historical fiction generally but once you've read all the political and military history, and taken in your Shakespeare's history plays(the epitome of historical, I guess), you don't have anywhere else to go to get your fix. I am very keen to discover as much as possible about the women in the cousins' war, all of whom seem to have played crucial roles.
Audible seems to have started a nasty habit of releasing abridged versions of audio books and then sometime later releasing an unabridged recording, often by a different reader or cast. I think I should get my money back for the abridged version of the White Queen as I have just had to purchase the unabridged version. What can I say? I like books and prefer to read or listen to them in the way the author intended.
As for this version of the White Queen, if was utterly spoiled for my by the 'performance' of the over-rated, over-employed Emilia Fox. I must be great to belong to an acting dynasty but whilst the girl can just about hack playing dull yet attractive juvenile leads on tv, she simply can't act well enough to narrate novels with the skills and complexities that that involves. She completely destroyed Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love (one of my all time faves but no thanks to her!) The sequel was redeemed by the peerless Patricia Hodge reading Love in a Cold Climate. Now that woman is an actor - that means she can play characters other than herself. I have yet to hear Ms Fox manage that with any of the characters she is presumably meant to be bringing to life in her readings. Get rid, please.
"Couldn't stop listening"
My first audiobook and I was hooked. Beautiful narration and an amazing story. A fantastic combination.
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