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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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    Kevon 07-08-14
    Kevon 07-08-14

    love to read all sorts of books...exception sci-fi! I prefer books that are not horror-type stories...but there are exceptions to that too!

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    If you could sum up The Kingmaker's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, great character development, wonderfully written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    The ending


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

    Her British accent adds a lot to the storyline and it's accuracy


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

    Yes


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    Resipsa44 Sherborn, MA, United States 04-06-14
    Resipsa44 Sherborn, MA, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The White Queen - Redux"

    The Kingmaker's Daughter is a repeat of the exact same story as Phillipa Gregory's The White Queen except told from the perspective Anne Neville. If you have read the White Queen don't buy this book unless you have credits to spare and want to read the same story again. It wasnt that I didn't enjoy listening to the book, per se, but it was waste of a credit. I am going to be returning the book. I agree with other reviewer's that this is grade B historical fiction and formulaic. It was an easy way for Phillipa Gregory to publish another book to make more money but doesn't add anything additional to the Cousin's War Series.

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    Judith 01-29-14
    Judith 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just keeps going, and going, and going..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not unless they had more listening time than discrimination. Whether it is remotely accurate I cannot say. There is just not enough interesting material for a book this long. Take out the redundancy and you may have a short story. I disliked the characters, all of them. I have really enjoyed a few of Ms. Gregory's titles, some in the cousins war series, some not. Based on this most recent read I hesitate to continue with the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bernard Cornwall, just sayin


    What three words best describe Bianca Amato’s performance?

    I like her voice, she reads honestly.


    Could you see The Kingmaker's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Im sure it will be a part of whatever series is planned, maybe one episode.


    Any additional comments?

    You can get all this historic info from a basic textbook, just use your imagination to fill in with a little emotional angst, check the family trees to see who lives and who dies, and move on to Henry VII.

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    Cjay Parma Heights, OH, United States 01-29-14
    Cjay Parma Heights, OH, United States 01-29-14

    CJay

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    "Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would gladly recommend this audiobook as it is intriguing and hard to put down.


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

    Three others and it would be helpful if the books were numbered in order to read chronological.


    Any additional comments?


    A good read

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    Lori 10-19-13
    Lori 10-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Phillipa Gregory's best books"
    Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

    No, I do not normally reread books


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was written from Anne Neville's point of view. It was refreshing to get an inside view of the court and the inner relationships of Anne with Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary D'Anjou, Richard and her sister Isabelle. You could feel her emotion and struggles with these relationships.


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

    This is my first Audio book!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Kingmaker's Daughter and why?

    Queen Mary D'Anjou and now I have added the Red Queen to my Wish List.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like historical fiction and Phillipa Gregory has been one of my favorite authors! This is by far one of her best books. It is told from the viewpoint of Anne Neville, the daughter of Earl of Warwick. She is a young girl at the beginning but is already enveloped in an adult world as part of the the Royal Court. It personalizes her struggles with her mother, Queen Margaret D'Anjou and Queen Elizabeth. Her relationship with her sister Isabelle is one of comfort and closeness and also one of pain and resentment. As the book progresses, you can see how Anne matures and becomes a strong women and fulfills her father's dream of seeing one of his daughters sit on the throne of England.

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    book1123 10-17-13
    book1123 10-17-13
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    "Not her best but still good..."
    Would you recommend The Kingmaker's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't know why but I can't get past Elizabeth being the villain when you root for her in the White Queen... am I missing something? I just feel like the stories are too conflicting.


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    Michelle 09-03-13
    Michelle 09-03-13 Member Since 2011

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    "More Haters on the Throne"

    The women in this book & The Red Queen book show the ugly side of women & why men have a hard time with them being so emotional. What starts as a story of two loving sisters playing Queen turns into a story of them following their double crossing father to be the real Queen. As in the Red Queen, women show their caddy mean-natured side. Easily believing unfounded stories about the White Queen due to their underlying jealousy and greed rather than just excepting things as they are. Just like the Red Queen, at times the bitchiness of the women becomes too much to take but this book has Anne who could be rooted for. The best part of this & pervious book in the series is that Philippa covers all events of all characters.

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    Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings Queensland, Australia 07-01-13
    Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings Queensland, Australia 07-01-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Excellent book, excellent audio. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of books and whilst I've read the others I enjoyed listening to this one.

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    Cyndie Stevens 06-14-13 Member Since 2016

    C.A.S.

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    "Excellent Historical Fiction-Sense being present"

    Of all the books of this series, this was my least favorite, not because it is not a good read. It is very well written. Ms. Gregory makes me feel as if I am there, in the great halls, standing at the edge of the battle fields, and eavesdropping on private conversations.

    I think the reason that I liked this least of all of this series is the that father of the heroine of this story (The Kingmaker himself, Warrick) is a vile, treacherous, fence-sitter during the War of the Roses, one who "turns his coat" almost daily.

    The history is good and accurate. I truly enjoy Ms. Gregory's works

    The heroine is a pitiable character who has a horribly evil, greedy, petty, jealous sister, and a mean, thankless, nasty mother who makes her daughter's basically orphans due to her own cowardice. Yet despite all our heroine (being essentially an orphan and her sister's prisoner,) marries for love in a time when that is almost unheard of

    I anxiously await the release of the next book in the series.

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    leanne SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA, United States 03-18-13
    leanne SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great Philippa Gregory book!!!"
    Where does The Kingmaker's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    The entire story was memorable. If you like historical fiction then reading or listening to a Philippa Gregory novel is a must! Her extinsive research and commitment to be true to the past coupled with her story telling is a cosmic match. You will not be able to stop listening.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    She got the characters spon on.


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