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White Queen Audiobook

White Queen

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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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    HIII 03-15-12
    HIII 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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    kerryevans east lyme, ct, United States 02-21-12
    kerryevans east lyme, ct, United States 02-21-12
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down.... I work out when I listen to my audio books, I did not find my mind wandering at all..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth, she was a strong character... Even though I wondered about her vision for her future..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she met her husband..


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

    I would not...


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it......

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna 02-19-12
    Jenna 02-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Several years ago I read The Other Boleyn Girl and couldn't put it down. Now I can't help but wonder-- was The White Queen really written by the same author, or was I just out of my mind when I devoured The Other Boleyn Girl? THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE. More often than not, it feels like the main character is far from the action and, as a result, it's difficult to give a darn about a single character. I will never read Philippa Gregory again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 03-10-11
    Jeffrey 03-10-11
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    "More Romance than History"

    This is exceedingly lightweight.
    The historical research cannot of consisted of much more than a quick glance at Wikipedia. One can certainly learn more by spending 10 minutes reading Wikipedia.
    It rambles on in the present tense with Elizabeth Woodville's rather 20th century outlook (apart from a belief she can see into the future and cast spells), occasionally reminding us we are supposed to be in the 15th century by a reference to an event or the rushes on the floor.
    The last third may be better - This is one of the handful of books I gave-up before the end.
    Don't waste your money or credits.

    24 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 09-18-16
    Paula 09-18-16
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    "FABULOUS"
    Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

    Yes, because Philippa Gregory joined historical facts with fictional facts in a masterly way. Without deviating from the events known as "The Cousins'War" or "War of the Roses," Philippa Gregory wrote a wonderful novel without being romantic in the extreme. The author makes it clear at many times the role of women at the time, but at the same time, shows the power and the role they had too. I loved it


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

    I would compare this book with "Dear and Glorious Physician: A Novel about Saint Luke" by Taylor Dadwell, by the way the authors present the story of the central characters, using facts already known by history.


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

    Without a doubt, Elizabeth Woodville.


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

    This questions is difficult... Elizabeth Woodville and Edward are characters that I would love to invite to dinner ... but who really arouses my attention is the king's brother - Richard - who seem little interested in politics, but I can choose only one, so I would like to invite the king's brother - Richard, because In the later chapters, Philippa presentes himt as a great manipulator, but was his actions premeditated? What was his real intentions?


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why I wait so long to buy the books of Philippa Gregory. When I start listening, I condn't stop... I'm a passionate about history and listening to this book was a wonderful experience. Although I knew only the relevant events concerning the cousins' war (motivation and consequences), listen to this book sparked questions about the role of women in these events. And as Philippa Gregory mentions at the end of the book, I also can not imagine Elizabeth Woodville agreeing to send her other child to the custody of someone who she never trusted.
    Questions and speculation aside, the book is a work of art, it presents a woman who knew how to represent her role in history, even after her husband's death, a woman who knew how to manipulate the policy and did what could to ensure herr power.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cosmocitygrl Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-09-16
    Cosmocitygrl Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-09-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Fell flat"
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    Couldn't get into this book. Very boring and her writing and character analysis was not up to par with the rest of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MERIDETH 09-05-16
    MERIDETH 09-05-16
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    "YES"

    Loved this book, and looking forward to hearing the next one in the series!!!!! I think it's the Red Queen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 07-13-16
    Aaron 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic book!"

    I really enjoyed this book! I came to this book through my bookclub and was hesitant at first because this is not a genre I usually am inclined towards. I thought it was going to be a bit of a girly sob story.

    I am very glad I was wrong! this book takes place during the War of the Roses time period in history and is more fact than fiction.

    I studied this time period fairly in depth when in high school and it was refreshing to read such an elegant and exciting blend of history and fiction.

    the author did not disappoint!

    the audio version is clear and crisp and was a joy to listen to.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction who wants a phenomenal read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 06-30-16
    Janet 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Historical Drama, Time Captured"

    Well told story by both the Author and the narrator, I love reading about Queen Elizabeth and how she handled her family. I especially like the authors take on the Princes in the tower as their are many theories and no known truths yet but this story is a plausible and happier tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E K Allen 05-01-16
    E K Allen 05-01-16
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    "So so"

    This got high ratings so I thought I would give it a read. I am not interested enough to go on with the series.

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