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The Kingmaker's Daughter Audiobook

The Kingmaker's Daughter

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Publisher's Summary

In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.

The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.

©2012 Philippa Gregory (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne.... In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters." (Publishers Weekly)

"Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work." (Library Journal

"Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Ellen Kitty Hawk, NC, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable historical fiction"

    This was my first book by this author, don't know how I missed her. I have since purchased all her books on good reads and cannot wait to listen to all of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie G. Jones 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You can't go wrong with Philipa Gregory"

    I've listened to several of Philipa Gregory's books and they are all great. I enjoy Bianca Amato's narration as much as any I've heard.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria NARARA, Australia 11-05-12
    Gloria NARARA, Australia 11-05-12

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    "Historically incorrect"

    This book is historically incorrect on many fronts but the most obvious is to suggest Anne Neville wife of Richard III was in any way instrumental in bringing about the disappearance or death of Edward V and Richard Duke of York - whether you believe their deaths were due to Richard III or not is one thing to suggest Anne had anything to do with it is to deny all historical knowledge and evidence. According to chroniclers of the time Robert Brackenbury was under strict orders from the king that anything to do with the Princes could only have been done on receipt of a royal warrant from King Richard himself to suggest he took it on himself at a mere suggestion from Anne is to defame the man's character.

    Also Ms Gregory really needs to decide if she is writing an historical novel or a fantasy piece as it is doubtful any person interested in this period of history today would believe Elizabeth Wydville capable of witchcraft.

    Furthermore the book is badly written the same points are made again and again and again it is repetitive and tedious in the extreme. There are several instances of use of the present day vernacular which strikes a discordant note in the narrative. I would suggest this book was written to appeal to a young audience who would not know or care about historical detail.

    All in all I would not recommend this book.

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    Erin Ainsworth Fullerton, CA. USA 08-23-17
    Erin Ainsworth Fullerton, CA. USA 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Witch witch witch..."

    One thing I take with me as I finish this book, enmity and bitterness can kill you and can create enemies where there aren't any.

    I am not a fan of our current presidential administration (2017), however, I hear similar statements made by those who hate him and Anne Neville. When you start to blame one person for every bad thing that happens to you or others around you, you can create an environment of bitterness and hatred and not one good thing comes of that. It can even kill you in the end.

    From a character standpoint, Anne is a bit confusing to me. She seems to switch viewpoints and sides as easily as she draws breath. She tries to be diplomatic, then suddenly begins suspecting Elizabeth and just goes downhill from there. She also felt really naive when it came to her father, mother and George, but then thinks things through better before marrying Richard and names a motive for him marrying her. Her parents were absolutely vile and horribly ambitious and she was just oblivious? Her first husband and his mother were complete nut jobs and yet she seems to be loyal to them? She felt inconsistent. It was refreshing to hear Richard from a different perspective. He probably saved this book for me, since he seemed to be the only character who had some decency.
    It kept my attention, but ultimately had the same flaws as previous books by Gregory. The characters don't have much depth and most are despicable. I do lean more toward the Elizabeth's in general, but I wish some of these other historical characters had a streak of good in them. Thankfully, it's just fiction and we don't really know WHAT happened back then.

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    angelb012393 05-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    I enjoyed this book as well as the othets in the series. Bianca Amato's narraration is marvelous

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    Hillary Kummer 05-08-17
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    "I really wanted to like it"

    But it just seemed like it was dragging and dragging and dragging. I've actually read this book and LOVED it, but the audio version just doesn't really do it any justice, it makes you want to fall asleep.

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    Jennifer S. 04-11-17
    Jennifer S. 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    Another great book by Gregory. I have enjoyed so many and although some mirror others, they all add more details on this time in history.

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    Niki Gamboa 02-27-17
    Niki Gamboa 02-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a different view"

    I have been reading this series in order.. so many plot twists and turns it is unbelievable Ms. Gregory can keep them all straight.. I am still dying to know what happened to the Rivers boys in the tower !! And did Richard actually love Princess Elizabeth??

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    Diane Lawton 02-24-17
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    "One of Philippa Gregoy's best!"

    Complimentary tale to The White Queen and The Red Queen by adding another perspective to the events leading up to the Tudor era. Lots of intrigue, betrayal and romance. Loved it!

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    26Kldray 02-19-17
    26Kldray 02-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Phillipa Gregory is an Historical Genuis! I relish in every word.. I absolutely love her books

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    12/8/13
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    "Wonerful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingmaker's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the printed version


    What other book might you compare The Kingmaker's Daughter to, and why?

    I just love Philippa Gregory's books and find it difficult to pick one out of the many and this wife of Richard the 3rd does play such an important role in English history. <br/>


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favourite?

    Margaret the mother of Henry the 7th. She just never gave up


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

    It was sad that she died so young.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AReader
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    12/15/12
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    "Six out of ten"

    Overall I enjoyed this and I wanted to hear it all. However I have some comments.



    I know the use of a neutral narrator is a literary device used to anchor the story; but I found the narrator in the story not so much neutral as vacant. This impression was emphasised by the delivery of the reader, which I found overly naive and bewildered. She could have started to get on my nerves. She also had some strange pronounciations - Mar'n for Martin, La'n for Latin, Burr-wick for Berwick, and Beaulieu as if it were French are a few examples. Perhaps they are historically correct, but I found they jarred.



    As the relationships are so complex, with kings coming and going, sometimes more than once each, marrying their cousins, and everybody being called either Henry or Richard, Anne or Margaret, there is a lot of repetition along the lines of " My mother reminded me that A was my greatuncle, the second son of my great grandfather by his second wife B, who was the daughter of C. How could he do this to me? I was the daughter of C, one of his oldest friends who had fought with him at the Battle of X before he changed sides and joined forces with D ?" etc.



    Not really bad but not fantastic either.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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