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White Queen Audiobook

White Queen

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Publisher's Summary

Brother turns on brother. The throne of England is at stake. The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun....

They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, secretly marries the newly crowned boy king of England. While she rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.

Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another best-selling classic series.

©2009 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging." (Sunday Express)

"Queen of the historical novel." (Mail on Sunday)

"Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England." (Financial Times)

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    Harley 03-15-12
    Harley 03-15-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Gossipy historical fact woven w/ith fiction"

    At one point in listening to this book I could not believe how sappy it is! Philippa Gregory transitiions from accepted historical facts to spinning a tall tale are easily determined. A life at court was not for the faint hearted and I wondered why anyone who fell from power would want to return to the backstabbing royal world. I have always loved English history and in spite of the drippy visions of a teenage girl I believe I will finish the series. One thing it does make clear is the order of Lancaster, York and Tutor. Susan Lyons did a great job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kerryevans east lyme, ct, United States 02-21-12
    kerryevans east lyme, ct, United States 02-21-12
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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down.... I work out when I listen to my audio books, I did not find my mind wandering at all..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth, she was a strong character... Even though I wondered about her vision for her future..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she met her husband..


    If you could rename White Queen, what would you call it?

    I would not...


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it......

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna 02-19-12
    Jenna 02-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Huge Disappointment"

    Several years ago I read The Other Boleyn Girl and couldn't put it down. Now I can't help but wonder-- was The White Queen really written by the same author, or was I just out of my mind when I devoured The Other Boleyn Girl? THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE. More often than not, it feels like the main character is far from the action and, as a result, it's difficult to give a darn about a single character. I will never read Philippa Gregory again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 03-10-11
    Jeffrey 03-10-11
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    "More Romance than History"

    This is exceedingly lightweight.
    The historical research cannot of consisted of much more than a quick glance at Wikipedia. One can certainly learn more by spending 10 minutes reading Wikipedia.
    It rambles on in the present tense with Elizabeth Woodville's rather 20th century outlook (apart from a belief she can see into the future and cast spells), occasionally reminding us we are supposed to be in the 15th century by a reference to an event or the rushes on the floor.
    The last third may be better - This is one of the handful of books I gave-up before the end.
    Don't waste your money or credits.

    24 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Lea 07-22-17
    Lea 07-22-17
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    "Can't wait to see what's happens next."

    I think that she does a great job of mixing fact with story. I found myself thinking about the book when I was doing other things. I differently got involved in their lives. Excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. 07-07-17
    A. 07-07-17 Member Since 2017

    Madison's Mami

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    "She's constantly "hissing like an angy cat""
    What did you like best about White Queen? What did you like least?

    I love the story but the writing got a bit redundant.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's history, how intense of a reaction could I have? lol I'm looking forward to getting into the Tudors.


    What three words best describe Susan Lyons’s voice?

    Aristocratic and perfect for a "perfect" Queen.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No but I watched the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Al E Cat 05-17-17
    Al E Cat 05-17-17 Member Since 2015

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    "interesting read"

    it took me forever to get into this book but once i did it was a lightning fast read/listen (i bounced back and forth between audible and kindle). now ecause me while i go buy the other books in the series. enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Brown 05-08-17
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    "Very interesting take on the past."

    I have only read a few of Phillipa Gregory's novels. I enjoyed them, but I had no idea that she had written this series. I started watching The White Queen on Starz and fell in love with the adaptation of novel. I used my credit to purchase this book, and enjoyed listening to it. I was a little put off by the narration because it was so slow to me, but after speeding it up to 2.5x the book kept me going. I highly recommend this novel, and can not wait to start the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    English history is fascinating and this book does a great job of mixing fact and fiction without ruining historical facts.

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    Lincoln Florida 04-30-17
    Lincoln Florida 04-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "lots of "oh no!" moments!"

    This book is packed with moments where you are so frustrated with the characters but also see how no matter what, any one can turn out to be not who they seemed. You see a character one way for a majority of the book, and then all of a sudden your feel I vs about them change. It's makes you really understand the same conflicting feelings of the characters. Very entertaining right up until the end. Just when you think it's over, it's not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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