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The Virgin's Lover Audiobook

The Virgin's Lover

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Publisher's Summary

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the peal of bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair with the young queen.

Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is normal and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisor, William Cecil, warns her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the irresistible, ambitious Robert Dudley.

Only Robert truly revels in the opportunities of the new reign. He knows he can reclaim his destiny at Elizabeth's side. Elizabeth cannot resist his courtship, and as the young couple slowly falls in love, Robert starts to think the impossible: can he set aside his wife and marry the young queen?

Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

©2004 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jolly good fun." (Entertainment Weekly)

"[E]xpertly crafted.... readers addicted to Gregory's intelligent, well-researched tales... will be enthralled." (Publishers Weekly)

"No lover of Elizabethan history should be without this novel, nor will any fan be disappointed with the meticulous research and marvelous portraits of Elizabeth, Dudley, and the court." (Romantic Times)

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    "Excellent as always!"

    Philippa Gregory Books about Tudor England are second to none. Another excellent story told with a interesting twist.

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    Maria United States 06-16-17
    Maria United States 06-16-17
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    "Not the best of PG books"

    I have been going through and reading all of PG books through the past couple months. I thought out of all of them I would dislike Lady of the Rivers the most. But I actually disliked this one the most. It was still a good story. But it was hard to have a character that you were "rooting" for to succeed. All of them were not favorable for one reason or another, but mostly because all of them wined all the time.

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    "Slower than others"

    I felt this particular book lacked content. Although I finished listening to it in its entirety, in my opinion, the story could've been told in about 1/2 the time without losing any of the story

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    "The Virgins Lover"

    Most of us know the story, but not so wonderfully told. Bravo again, Ms Gregory.

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    "There's only so much Davinia Porter can do..."

    The narration was wonderful as Davinia Porter always is, but the story was boring and the characters had no redeming qualities. Even based on historical figures I cannot believe they were like this. Ms. Gregory's books are usually better than this.

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    Laura A. Johnson 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not a fan"

    I love Philippa Gregory's work, but I am not a fan of this novel. I find it extremely hard to believe that Queen Elizabeth would've have been so weak and whiny. Also, I don't believe she would've entered into a betrothal with Dudley while he was married. Not pleased with her character at all.

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    Alicia Buczkowski 11-15-16
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    "great book"

    great book, however some names are mispronounced. The story is amazing and makes you wonder exactly who is responsible for Amy's death.

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    Silversnaps 11-05-16
    Silversnaps 11-05-16

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    "Narrator"

    The deep scratchy voice of principal narrator unpleasant to listen to. The sketchy facts over a short period of history did not merit such a lengthy book.

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    Jason Teves 09-30-16
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    "Not my favorite"

    It bothered me how Elizabeth was portrayed as a wishy-washy, whiny woman. Based on all I know about The Queen, I had a hard time enjoying the book.

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    Jenny White 07-29-16
    Jenny White 07-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story, Bad Reader"

    I love this book and the story, but I realllly disliked the narration and the readers voices for all characters. It really took away from the overall story.

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