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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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    Margaret 05-24-16
    Margaret 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great"

    the story is from view of a woman that never had an opportunity to have her own life. She is tossed from one situation to another. it's really sad

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    Amazon Customer 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "historical fiction at it's best"

    I absolutely loved listening to this book. it is story telling at it's best. romance and drama with a bit of a cliff hanger at times.

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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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    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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    Amazon Customer 11-14-16
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    "Great read"

    I especially love hearing the story from all the different viewpoints of the women involved. Everyone learns the story of Richard III and the princes in the tower in school but never like Ms Gregory tells it.

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    Paula 10-02-16
    Paula 10-02-16
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    "The Kingmaker's inheritage: ambition, power, death"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kingmaker's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I think in this case the áudio version is more attractive than the print version because sometimes the story is monotonous, focusing on Richard Neville's ambitions. I believe the audio version allows the reader to go through these parts of the story without losing interest in the events. In the print version, the reader can be tempted to leave it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Philippa Gregory? Why or why not?

    Of course I will. I love Philippa Gregory's books. She is an amazing author, using historical facts to tell a story and focusing on female characters, at a time where (and when) power was centered in the hands of men.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    Bianca Amarto was able to present in his account the changes occurred with the Neville girls, especially Anne. It can be seen during the narrative that Anne is no longer an insecure girl to become a woman who wants to fulfill her father's ambitions - to become Queen of England.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, because when comparing it with "The White Queen" and "The Red Queen", it is clear that a story always has two sides. Not that the Cousins' War has more than one version, but the role of each of those involved in the events varies depending on who is telling the story. Isabel and Anne Neville, appear as subserviente women and unable, in this book were describe as women who secretly desire the throne of England.

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  • Dee
    12/23/12
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    "Kingmaker's Daughter"

    The narrator normally helps to set the story for me at any rate. I love Philippa Gregory books - but I have to say this one has left me cold, but I think it is due to the narrator. It's strange how you think a voice should be and how easy it is for the voice to alter your decision on a book. I'll be honest I've left this book unfinished due to the narrator's voice.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eve
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Good Book, bad narration!"

    I love Phillipa Gregory and loved this book, parts were so well written i was left speechless (pregnant sea voyage!) Cant fault the writing or story, would buy again!



    However, unfortunately the narration was difficult to listen to for long and i was very aware i was listening to someone's voice, which isnt my experience with other audiobooks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Pegg(manners)
    WEST MIDLANDS
    1/6/13
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    "Kingmakers daughters"

    I love this period of history, every bit as exciting as the Tudors which have dominated our bookshelves for a few years now. Understanding this turbulent time makes you realise how lucky Henry VIII was to ever get to the throne at all.

    The balance of power is so fickle ,such a fine line is trodden between sitting on or off the throne. Warwick,s two daughters are used and abused by their betters and show how dangerous the times were in which they lived. Phillipa Gregory writes with her usual descriptive prose and brings to life the danger of being a woman in a dominant male world

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sunshine
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    10/9/12
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    "Very engrossing , very Philippa Gregory"

    Very good, about an era prior to the Tudors. It was along the typical Philippa Gregory line. Which means I have to leave a good period of time between each of her books. But so very discriptive, without long passages which lose your attention. I could taste and smell the time of history written about while I was listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • April Cottage
    Kent, UK
    4/7/13
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    "You have to know your history"

    I enjoyed this because I had read the others in the series and understood the historical period. For those coming to it fresh, you need to read around to fully appreciate it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D
    WARWICK, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Excellent"

    It brought the period to life. I did not want to switch off I was so engrossed in finding out what happened to the Kingmakers daughter

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/8/13
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    "This doesn't disappoint"

    Like All Philippa Gregory's books, this is a goody. The Cousins War series has been splendid and I see now that "The White Queen" has become a television series. I love this period of history and always enjoy a good, well written fictional version of the tale. Ms Gregory is a master in this department. Long may she continue to enthral us.

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  • Sylvia
    Baldock, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "Another masterpiece by Phillipa Gregory."

    I've read several of Phillipa Gregory's books and loved them all. The Kingmaker's daughter was just as good. My only criticism would be that her books seem very similar to each other after you've heard a few, but I just listen to something else in-between and am always happy to return to her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juanito
    London, United Kingdom
    3/25/13
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    "Fascinating; annoying ending"

    The story brought me to the medieval times which I wished for. Still have to discover the author and her other books, but the story annoyed me of constant ups and downs; a part you thought was already the happy ending begins another tragic story. Most annoyed of the twist in the ending about niece-uncle relationship??? (Wish i never heard it, but yes, it was really a debatable side of true history). I loved the character of Richard III in this book, unlike what they say he was. I hate some of the repeated lines (e.g.about the 2 princes' death in the hands of the king), but love how 'Anne' was read as the king talks to her...so sweet. Not good in rating narrators, but she was fine w/ me, esp. becoming a sexy voice for the kings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MISS E J BIRD
    Maidenhead, UK
    1/29/13
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    "Good story, but not as engaging as it should be"

    A great story and a side of the War of the Roses which is often overlooked.



    However, the narrator continually sounds as if she's about to burst into tears and I found that incredibly off putting. She also says "orf" instead of off. A small complaint, but after the first few times it really started to grate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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