In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley. Only 25 and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing - though married - Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert's child.
Events take a dark turn when Robert's wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within.
©2014 Alison Weir (P)2014 W. F. Howes
The story itself was fine- not great, but I knew what to expect from this author. I would certainly read another book by Alison Weir, but I would NEVER listen to another audiobook narrated by Julia Franklin. She has a very noticeable lisp, which I understand is not something she can control, but I really don't understand how you get a job as a narrator with that being the case.
I'm not interested in reviewing the story, just want potential buyers to be aware of a problem with the narration of this audiobook.
No. As stated, she has a lisp that is extremely distracting to listen to and at times even makes her hard to understand, particularly when she's speaking fast or doing an accent. She would be a fine- not great, but fine- narrator otherwise but I just don't understand how she got this job despite having a pretty pronounced speech impediment.
Michelle A. Hamlett M.Ed.
I am a HUGE Alison Weir fan but I was honestly disappointed in this novel. It lacked Weir' s usual passion and suspense. Still worth reading but doesn't compete with "The Lady Elizabeth " or "Innocent Traitor"
One of the primary reasons that I love Allison Weir's books is because a lot of the content is based on historical data. However, 'The Marriage Game' was redundant to the point of boredom. If this was based solely on historical data, a little more fiction could have made it more interesting.
Of course, I will listen to Alison Weir again.
I feel that the narrator was overly dramatic at times. Bring back Roslyn Landor!
Still a huge Alison Weir fan. Just not impressed with 'The Marriage Game'.
I read a lot of novels about this time period. Rod one was not my favorite, but I did enjoy it overall. I was not a fan of the narrator, I have trouble envisioning Queen Elizabeth as being as whiny as she portrays her.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
In The Marriage Game, Allison Weir adds the setting and dialogue to many events in the life of Elizabeth I that are well known to have happened. I learned most of my Tudor history from Allison Weir's non-fiction books on this well documented dynasty. She was writing about them before they became fashionable. I must say that I have enjoyed her more as a historian than as a novelist. In this particular work she presents us with a shrill and somewhat naive Elizabeth who Weir will have us believe still controls the consummate politicians around her. Her eternal suitor, Robert Dudley, is bland and resigned. Cecil is a dotting grandfather. I found nothing tremendously exciting here but the work is entertaining and will provide the lover of historical fiction with his/he fix.
The narrator is ok...sometimes a bit strident but when she does that she is in fact interpreting the character in the way the author seems to have written her. The language and general tenor of the dialogue in this book seems to belong 2 centuries or so after the events actually took place.
Don't stay away on account of this review. As I said, the book entertains and the research in terms of the factual background of the events is excellent. For the "real" Alison Weir, go to her non-fiction books or to her first incursion into fiction "Innocent Traitor" (about the short life of Elizabeth's cousin, Jane Grey).
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