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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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    Peggy PA 08-19-13
    Peggy PA 08-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent story, author and narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    I love historical novels and this one has exceeded my expectations! I started listening to this then saw the mini-series on Starz and ordered it so I could watch the mini-series while I am listening to the book series! Listening to the books while watching the show is helpful so you can identify the characters and have a better knowledge of the storyline. I have to fill my husband in with some details while the show is on or afterwards so I am glad of the books. I am listening to the Red Queen now. The Starz mini-series is a combination of both books. I would highly recommend this book and would purchase it again!


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    Linda Morgan Hill, CA, United States 08-15-13
    Linda Morgan Hill, CA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Before the Tudors"
    Any additional comments?

    A wonderfully written examination of the English Royal Family that came before the Tudors. The White Queen is the first in a trilogy, this first edition focuses on Elizabeth Woodville. It's brother against brother, cousin against cousin, scratching and clawing to keep or gain the Thrown. Good character development, some admitted literary license with the facts. All in all a very good read.
    Interestingly, book 2 in this trilogy focuses on Margaret Beaufort, Henry VIII's paternal grandmother. After reading so much about Margaret Beaufort in this book it has quelled my desire to read book 2. Margaret Beaufort is not even a little sympathetic and so unlikable that I'm disinclined to read any more about her. Go figure.

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    Zorana Stanojkovic Alameda, CA United States 08-12-13
    Zorana Stanojkovic Alameda, CA United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One-dimensional..."
    What disappointed you about White Queen?

    When I book doesn't make you feel anything when one of the main character dies, there is something very wrong about it. No emotions, no pictures forming in my head... just a long, sad tale about power. I am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy the narration either. It would go from one event to another without a pause or change in intonation. I wish I liked it as much as other readers...


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    elizabeth norris New York, NY 08-12-13
    elizabeth norris New York, NY 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    I really love this story. Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV are such an interesting couple during such a crazy time in history. They're certainly flawed but I wanted such good things for them. It's a longer book and as a result I really enjoyed listening to the audio version.


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

    This is like a real life Game of Thrones.


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

    I wouldn't. It's perfect.


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    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 08-08-13
    Kim Sidney, BC, Canada 08-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A wonderful historical novel"

    I loved everything about this book. Based on the best information available, the author put together a terrific story. It left me wishing that there were more complete details and records from this reign.
    The narrator did a great job too, I really enjoyed it this book!

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    A. Schafer Highland, Ca USA 07-29-13
    A. Schafer Highland, Ca USA 07-29-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

    YES. I love this author, I love this time period and the sound of the readers voice was so beautiful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of course. I am obsessed with british royal history and love learning more about this time period. I like how Gregory sticks to historical facts so closely. She waivers where she has to, but I like it. I like to think, with the way she tells the story that it is completely accurate.


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

    Her voice is beautiful! I felt like that is they way a queen would speak and since it was told from a Queen's point of view, it was perfect


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

    no, I had to break it up. Too long.


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    ElCee Evansville, IN USA 06-18-13
    ElCee Evansville, IN USA 06-18-13 Member Since 2010

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    "A New Look at the Wars of the Roses"
    Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

    Yes I would, and someday I will. I love a good historical novel, and especially one that doesn't violate any of the available history. Elizabeth Woodville is a little-known figure but one that inspires "what if" thoughts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal reaction to political dealings.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    Well read, good emphasis without being histrionic.


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

    Daughter of the River?


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    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 06-10-13
    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting story, so-so narration"

    The book is filled with treachery and dishonor, to the point where one hardly cares what happens to anyone. A true-ish Game of Thrones, this might've been titled "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap" or "What Goes Around Comes Around". I'm probably intrigued enough about the historical story to read the next in the series, but I was unimpressed with the narrator. She could not do men's voices at all, and everyone sounded the same except for Elizabeth's mother who had (sort of) a French accent.

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    Kimberli N. Reynolds Boise, Idaho 05-30-13
    Kimberli N. Reynolds Boise, Idaho 05-30-13 Member Since 2013

    Consumer of books. A paper fish. An auditory predator! I love to escape into books!

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    "Facinating!!! The most amazing view of history!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    Spellbinding! This brings history to life. You will fall in love with the characters. Belief in evil inherent in people will abound for you. The reality of what "civilized and royal" people did in the name of Christ for royal blood is devious and unthinkable. Yet this is our history, the history of the world. EXCELLENT author. Very well written and read.


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

    The entire series! The Cousins War series will make you dislike one character, but the next book puts you in their position. You are all the sudden understanding the kill or be killed, fight or flight, that made history. Amazing ability to capture all the sides!


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

    Her voice is perfect for this reflection in history. Her voice fits the queen!


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    Cyndie Stevens Arlington, TX, US 05-25-13
    Cyndie Stevens Arlington, TX, US 05-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The Queen Elizabeth we never knew, revealed"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    The story grabbed me in the first few minutes and I had trouble finding stopping points. Putting it down was almost painful at times. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I did have to stop listening. The characters are well developed and as historically correct as I think it is possible to make them, based on the info we have from the 15th Century


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a love story, a spy story full of intrigue, a story about family, love, death, loss and life in the 1400's.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Elizabeth loses her baby king son and knows not if he is dead, kidnapped, in hiding, or in the Tower of London. Her pain, anguish, and fear are palpable. The narrator is perfect for the part, she infuses the words she readswith the feelings of the moment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Spies of the 15th Century


    Any additional comments?

    I just ordered and wish listed several more in the Cousins War series and another series written by Philippa Gregory. If I know me, I will read all of her works.

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