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The Lady of the Rivers Audiobook

The Lady of the Rivers

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Publisher's Summary

Passion. Danger. Witchcraft....

The Lady of the Rivers is number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s remarkable story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses.

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream.

Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke’s squire, Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. Henry the king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret the queen turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty.

Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter, Elizabeth, for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.

A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.

©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

“Sexy… scandalous… smart.” (Redbook)

“Gregory is a consummate historical author.” (Historical Novels Review)

“Confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-12
    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.

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    "One of my favorites from Philippa Gregory!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I loved how it fit perfectly with The White Queen. The story of Melusina is so enchanting, and the constant conflicts Jacquetta faces keeps you intrigued.


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    Jennifer F. New York 08-02-17
    Jennifer F. New York 08-02-17 Member Since 2015

    Dedicated Amazon worshiper:)

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    nicely read and wonderful story. Truly enjoyed it. worth a listen or a read.

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    Crystal Las Vegas, NV United States 07-14-17
    Crystal Las Vegas, NV United States 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    I loved this story. I can't wait to read the next one and the whole series.

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    Marci B. 07-12-17
    Marci B. 07-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Very entertaining story!"

    Well read. Good pace. I can't wait to listen to other Phillips Gregory audio books!

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    cgd 07-04-17
    cgd 07-04-17
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    "excellent historical novel"

    well written, finely crafted, well read. a pleasure to listen to. I am a fan of the author

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    mike 06-28-17
    mike 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    awesome story. Bianca does a great job, just lovely. cannot wait for other books! super

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    MnNM somewhere New Mexico 06-15-17
    MnNM somewhere New Mexico 06-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narrator, but..."

    Anti-climactic. The Story sort of dragged on and on. Narrator kept me listening but feel somewhat gypped with regard to the story line. Preview was misleading, I was expecting a little more mystical content - reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon, but it wasn't.

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    Lynn Jackson 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story!"

    Loved this book! I've seen The White Queen on Netflix so I was familiar with some of the characters :) I don't want to provide any spoilers so I'll end with this....get this book!

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    Darrell 06-04-17
    Darrell 06-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous!"

    It is a wonderfully written story and beautifully read. It inspired me to learn more about the time period, it was very fascinating. Thank you.

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    Erin Ainsworth Fullerton, CA. USA 06-02-17
    Erin Ainsworth Fullerton, CA. USA 06-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One dimensional characters"

    The story itself is intriguing from a historical point of view. However, the characters are not very well fleshed out. Gregory seems unable to write complex characters, I've noticed. There is rarely any growth or moral development. The good ones are always good, and the dislike able ones remain detestable. I think she focuses more on the history and less on the characters which is a mistake in my opinion. History is only interesting because of the people.
    While her books are engaging and I will continue to read them, her skill in writing complex characters is lacking. You can tell who her favorites are, she writes them as good moral people. I do appreciate her skill in weaving history into the story. Those who know what happens get chuckles throughout her books. It's almost like she is winking at us.

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