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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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    Lori United States 03-14-13
    Lori United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm obsesses with the cousin's war!"

    I finished The lady of the rivers and now the White Queen and I find myself looking up historical facts about the British monarchs. Elizabeth in the White Queen is a very fascinating character, not always lovable and good. I looked up so much history in the course of listening to this book I knew the outcomes but I still found it very interesting. I love when a voice is given to real historical characters. I did fine the "magic" a little far fetched but it did not affect how I feel about the book and the characters. I listened to The lady of the rivers first and found the story from Elizabeth's Mother Jacquetta transitioned well to the White Queen and the story of Elizabeth.
    I am very interested in finding out more about the princes in the tower that disappeared. What a mystery.
    I would recommend this to any historical and historical fiction fan, I will continue to read Gregory's books.

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    Leanne St. George, UT, United States 02-24-13
    Leanne St. George, UT, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great historical fiction"

    It is truly amazing to read about the shenanigans that went on in the Royal lives of the 15th century. Philippa Gregory did wonderful job at including fact and filling in the unknown with realistic fiction. I have always been intrigued by the history of British Royalty for some reason and found this book an excellent review of it for this time period. I want to read it again! Susan Lyons did a wonderful job with the narration.

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    Lorie J. ODonnell NYS, USA 02-13-13
    Lorie J. ODonnell NYS, USA 02-13-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A well-read, mostly historical novel"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    The narration of this book was wonderful. Ms. Lyons was able to demonstrate which character was speaking with small and very subtle voice changes. Her accents were perfect and it felt like I was listening to a contemporary observer tell the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is wonderful to read (or, in this case, listen to), but like most of Gregory's novels, you have to read with a bit of suspended disbelief. There are a few things in this story that I am quite sure were figments of her grand imagination and one in particular that will stand out (and distract slightly) anyone who is at all knowledgeable of the story of the princes in the tower. It's not so much that these things couldn't happen; we're just pretty sure by now that they didn't. It's a minor distraction, but it's there.I am very much looking forward to continuing the series.

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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 02-10-13
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "Can't live up to The Other Boleyn Girl"

    I read The Other Boleyn Girl in print many years ago and was moderately interested in another Phillipa Gregory novel. This was a somewhat interesting story about Edward and Elizabeth, but I had a hard time placing them in history, except it was clear this was before Henry VIII's reign. There was considerably less drama in this book and it became hard to always distinguish between Elizabeth's children, among a few who had the same name. Two Richards, two Edwards, you get the idea. If you have many hours and you don't mind spending a credit, go for it, but if you are looking for something similar to "Boleyn", I'd skip it.

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    Olivia George Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-29-13
    Olivia George Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I've been known to read books 3 at a time and there are so many books out there that I can't read them all, so added audiobooks to the list.

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    "Can't wait to read the next one..."
    Would you listen to White Queen again? Why?

    Yes, love the writing style, it grabbed my attention during the first few minutes of the first chapter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None, but enjoyed it as a whole.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first one.


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    Cheryl Oshkosh, WI, United States 12-19-12
    Cheryl Oshkosh, WI, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A journey into the heart of a strong woman"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration


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

    The queen Elizabeth, herself


    Who was the most memorable character of White Queen and why?

    Jaquetta, I am looking forward to reading her story next


    Any additional comments?

    The White Queen is an intriguing story of woman, the strengths, the weaknesses, successes and failures that make us who we are and the mothers and companions we will always be.

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    Paula BLOOMFIELD, NM, United States 12-05-12
    Paula BLOOMFIELD, NM, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Easy to listen to, great story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the way we should teach & learn history. Not just painless, but enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but look forward to hearing more from her.


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

    No, too long.


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    S Wells Ponca City, OK, United States 11-12-12
    S Wells Ponca City, OK, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brings history to life"

    Loved the narrator. Enjoyed the story -- one I was not familiar with. Of course, much is fictionalized or conjecture based on letters, documents, legend, but Philippa Gregory did her research, and the story was entertaining, bringing the 15th Century to life.

    Ms. Gregory seems to have a writing style that occasionally repeats certain phrases. Not sure if this works better in print by using visual separation (maybe chapter or paragraph breaks) then tying back with the repeated phrase -- but it's a little clunky in an audio book. In fact once or twice I thought I'd accidentally hit pause and repeat. This became a minor issue, but I did wonder if she thought maybe we weren't paying attention thus her need to remind us of certain things.

    Repetition aside, I loved the story so much, I'm downloading the next in the Cousins War series ("The Red Queen") as I type this review.

    This series was not written in chronological order. If you don't like jumping around your timeline of monarchs in medieval England and want to read them chronologically, then it's suggested to start with "Lady of the Rivers" (Book 3), then "The White Queen" (Book 1), and "The Red Queen" (Book 2). Then, follow the order they were written with Book 4 ("The Kingmaker's Daughter") and Book 5 ("The White Princess"). I didn't do that, and I've survived just fine.

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    Daniella Signal Mtn, TN, United States 11-12-12
    Daniella Signal Mtn, TN, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I love listening to audiobooks during my long drive to work and while I clean house. Historical fiction, Biography, History and novels with strong, well-written characters appeal to me most of all.

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    "can't get enough historical fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this to friends. I haven't gone wrong with Philippa Gregory yet. She really brings an era to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The White Queen seems to have a lot of myth and legend surrounding her factual history. This book ties the myth-like magic and goddess ancestry into the story of Elizabeth Woodville very effectively.


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    She performed this book beautifully


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

    I felt sympathetic to Elizabeth all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the Red Queen before Lady of the Rivers and the White Queen. This was by happenstance, but it turned out to be a good sequence. Even though the Lady of the Rivers takes place a little earlier it is about the same family line as the White Queen. The continuity of Jacquetta and Elizabeth's stories flow into one another beautifully. Also, Elizabeth is far more likeable than Margaret de Beaufort -- best to save her for last.

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    erica DILLON, CO, United States 10-26-12
    erica DILLON, CO, United States 10-26-12
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    "Best book of the series"
    Where does White Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I personally love Philippa Gregory books. This has the feel of the tudor series more than her other books, so if you liked that series you will like this book.


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

    The fact that the 3 part series could have easily been written in reverse. I am glad that this book came first instead of last because it gave me the insight into the charactors I needed.


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

    Probably Antony, he was very well read and seemed like a genuinely nice guy,


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