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)
This is my first time "reading" Philippa Gregory, and my first audio book as well.
I enjoyed the story and thought the magic weaved into the history was great. I wanted to keep listening to find out more.
However it felt as though the author would repeat herself often, sometimes several times within a single paragraph or scene.
I don't know if this is the nature of hearing over reading but that was my least favorite part.
After seeing the Starz series I'd hoped the book would make Elizabeth seem more appealing, but it does just the opposite. She is the epitome of a greedy hypocrite once she had a taste of power.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
No, I had a really hard time finishing. I really enjoy medieval history and stories but not listening to this story. I should have just read the book.
The story was interesting, a bit long and hard to follow all the family tree, but still interesting.
Susan Lyons sounded like her nose was plugged up. I understand she was trying to keep the dialect of the area and time, but i found her very irriating and it made me not want to finish the story.
no, i heard the show based on these books are good, I would consider watching those versus reading any further books by Phillipa Gregory.
The lack of life in the story. It is more like reading a history rather than presenting a historical story.
It does not add color, warmth or feeling to the characters. It's like reading a diary filled with only facts not feelings.
I decided to get this book because I saw it on a list of recommendations for people who enjoyed George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I was very disappointed to discover a main character with zero personality, accompanied by a handful of other completely flat characters, in a story that sounds promising for the first couple of chapters but quickly becomes boring and repetitive. I couldn't get through the entire thing and I wish I could get my credit back. The narrator is good, but the book is a snoozefest.
If you're looking for something similar to ASOIAF, this is NOT it. If you just want to learn the history, there are probably less painful ways of doing that.
I've been doing a lot of nonfiction reading: English/Norman history, John Julius Norwich books on the popes, etc. This book combines very interesting aspects of history with great narrative.
my first of Susan Lyons' performances and i think she does a great job.
I've enjoyed her books in the past, but this one was just horrible. We listened to it on a recent road trip--it was like a bad Harlequin romance (an oxymoron, I know) from the start. We knew every stupid move the narrator was going to make before she did it. The abrupt ending was hours too late. There wasn't a thing I enjoyed about this book. If my spouse hadn't insisted that we listen to the entire thing, I would've quit after the first few chapters.
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