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White Queen | [Philippa Gregory]

White Queen

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ingvild stavanger, Norway 01-12-13
    Ingvild stavanger, Norway 01-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A surprisingly interesting read!"

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Tulsa, OK, United States 09-14-12
    J. Tulsa, OK, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Most excellent!"
    Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

    Of course. The performance and story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonderfull blending of historical facts and an informed story line to fill in the balance.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She made me feel as though I was standing next to the characters as the story unfolded.


    If you could take any character from White Queen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Queen Elizabeth Woodville. For her beauty and bravery.
    Melusina. Just because.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read three others of Ms. Philippa Gregory and all are excellent.
    Oh, I have just purchased two others.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 09-07-12
    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 09-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "More Awesomeness from Philippa Gregory"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 08-22-12
    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.

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    "Good Read"
    What did you love best about White Queen?

    That she never lost hope in her spouse


    Would you be willing to try another book from Philippa Gregory? Why or why not?

    I have many.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are too many


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

    Yes I cried


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine phenix city, AL, United States 08-17-12
    Catherine phenix city, AL, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Philippa Does it Again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Queen to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Cobbs Creek, VA, United States 08-07-12
    Melanie Cobbs Creek, VA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "England's history come to life."
    Where does White Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An outstanding pieces of writing and reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really filled in the pieces for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Queen?

    When she met Edward of York.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename White Queen, what would you call it?

    White Queen


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Nashua, NH, United States 06-14-12
    Sarah Nashua, NH, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Another great story by Philippa Gregory"
    Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

    Yes. Because it is an enlightening view of 15 century England.


    What other book might you compare White Queen to and why?

    The other two in the trilogy and the Boyleyn series. Very smartly written historical fiction.


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    Shallan M. Little Indiana 06-05-12
    Shallan M. Little Indiana 06-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    What did you love best about White Queen?

    Very likable characters


    Any additional comments?

    If read in order the books are better. Read The Lady of the Rivers first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-03-12
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2009

    I am easily amused!

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    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.

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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 03-15-12
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gossipy historical fact woven w/ith fiction"

    At one point in listening to this book I could not believe how sappy it is! Philippa Gregory transitiions from accepted historical facts to spinning a tall tale are easily determined. A life at court was not for the faint hearted and I wondered why anyone who fell from power would want to return to the backstabbing royal world. I have always loved English history and in spite of the drippy visions of a teenage girl I believe I will finish the series. One thing it does make clear is the order of Lancaster, York and Tutor. Susan Lyons did a great job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Johnstone, United Kingdom
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Ashhurst, New Zealand
    10/14/11
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    "Mixed feelings"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Effingham, United Kingdom
    9/1/11
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    "Exceptional"

    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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