Brother turns on brother. The throne of England is at stake. The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun....
They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.
Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, secretly marries the newly crowned boy king of England. While she rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.
Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another best-selling classic series.
©2009 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging." (Sunday Express)
"Queen of the historical novel." (Mail on Sunday)
"Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England." (Financial Times)
I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Philipa Gregory's books that I have listened to with Audible. The narration is very good and the books bring history to life.
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I chose this book because I will be moving to London soon. I thought it would be nice to know something about the Rose Wars before I move. I've seen Philippa Gregory's books in book stores before, but I have always thought they looked a bit too romantic and... uhm...very "feminine" if you know what I mean... But I thought I'd give this book a try after a quick sample listen.
And I was very surprised in a positive way! This is not a sugar coated lovey-dove romance novel. It is a story about a strong woman living in hard times trying to make the best out of her life for herself and her family. It is told with great conviction. Elizabeth Woodville's life was really interesting! I now want to find out a lot more about her and the time she lived in!
The narrator was also superb! She captured all the characters in a very convincing way.
I was disappointed to find out that most of Philippa Gregory's books on Audible are abridged. So I guess I'll have to buy them in paper version from now on...
Philippa Gregory continues to produced stories backed by a wealth of research that truly bring historical events to life. In this story, Gregory tells of royal intrigue, power struggles, and romance. The story is beautifully crafted and narrator Susan Lyons does a wonderful job of bringing the voices to life. I absolutely adored this book and listened to it for hours at a time. Hated to have to turn it off and was very sad when the story was over.
I have not read the print version of this book but the narration of the audio version was incredible. The story was factual and the fiction was artfully woven together to provide a story that took the listener right into the lives of the characters. The narration was beautifully done and made me feel like I was inside the action, the minds of the characters and truly a contemporary of the times.
As the writer undoubtedly meant to do I fell in love with Elizabeth just like Edward did under the oak tree. She came to life in full color and character. Philippa's character of Elizabeth Woodville presented her as not only a likeable person but was truthful about her desire to propel her family to great heights, which in the history books has been seen as grasping and malevolent. The presentation of this character and her life was amazing as well as artful.
Her excellent narration fleshed out the characters and brings the listener into the lives of each one in such a way that the story is fuller and bolder for her telling of it.
Absolutely! If time had permitted I would have listened to it all the way through in one sitting. The story as well as the narration were fabulous!
Philippa Gregory has become one of the leading ladies in the arena of historical fiction. Through this genre we are able to learn about and experience the lives of people who were once just a few lines in a history book, books written with the bias and prejudice of the times. By experiencing her exquisite style of story telling we are finally able to see these people in a more believable and real way. As people just like us, with loves, and lives that are not so unlike our own. My hat is off to this writer and her talent for resurrecting the past with such finesse for us to experience and relate to in a modern way.
An outstanding pieces of writing and reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really filled in the pieces for me.
When she met Edward of York.
Susan's voice is smooth and elegant, her characterizations precise and her transitions between these turbulent moments in history make one feel they are living in the moment she portrays. She really does justice to the work.
The story was great as was the narration. It had me looking up names and characters.
Yes but i would warn them that there are times that the naration goes on and on and on. Not adding anytihng to the story
She is always excellent
The young princes. to find out what really happened in the tower.
Yes. Because it is an enlightening view of 15 century England.
The other two in the trilogy and the Boyleyn series. Very smartly written historical fiction.
Very likable characters
If read in order the books are better. Read The Lady of the Rivers first.
I picked this book on a lark, as I am interested in historical fction and the performance was highly rated. I was not disappointed. Susan Lyon's deft narration was perfectly suited. Anyone other may not have been able to pull off the emotional range and nuances, as well as mystical Mellusina interwoven throughout the story. I notice several of the reviews are critical of Gregory's treatment of history and incorporation of mysticism, which I believe is nonsense. This is work of historical fiction, not any attempt to illuminate or expound on the War of the Roses. Naturally one knows how the story plays out ... in this regard it is Gregory's abililty to give life to the main characters relative to what is known, and present plausible storylines around what is not known, which makes for an interesting, engaging story.
I am easily amused!
This is a beautiful book to listen to. The narration was even better than the story. A history buff will adore this series, I liked it. I love the perspective of powerful women shaping history behind the scenes. This one in particular has a special "unnatural ability" that was a unique twist.
"Stick with it!"
At first I found the style of this book irritating but then became hooked on it. It is more lyrical than your average historical novel. Initially I felt the repetition of details, of who people were etc was annoying - as though I couldn't remember for myself - but then got into the way of it and realised it was a style of writing - perhaps mimicking the oral narrative of the times. The intrigues and plotting become compelling as the story unfolds and your sympathies are tested as the main character fights for power when you feel she should really run. A great insight into the times. The mesmeric voice of the narrator becomes addictive. A very different experience!
This is not the best Philippa Gregory story but not the worst either. I'm a fan of historical novels & enjoyed listening to it, and I'm interested to learn more about the War of the Roses. The thing that spoilt the story for me was the narration. I found the reader's voice languid & expressionless - at times to the point of monotony. It may appeal to others so I would definitely suggest listening to the whole of the sample.
Both a good story and well narrated. My first Philippa Gregory book and I can't wait to get tucked into the next one.
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