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The Other Boleyn Girl

Narrated by: Vanessa Kirby
Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.

1521. Young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, maid in waiting and favourite of Queen Katherine of Aragon.   

Yet Mary catches the eye of the capricious king, and - propelled by the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn family - she betrays her queen and takes her place as Henry VIII’s new mistress.   

But while Mary is in childbed, a rival comes to court: her sister Anne, a young woman ruthless in her drive to become queen.  

With her own destiny unknown and the Boleyn enemies gathering, Mary must defy her family - and command her own fate.   

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Mary’s story. 

Please note: new audio available as of 13 September 2018. 

©2001 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Philippa Gregory: "Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (Daily Telegraph)

"Subtle and exciting." (Daily Express)

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  • Daisy
  • 08-15-18

Wonderful - but needs an edit

Wonderful story and well read by Kirby - however, needs some editing for the repeated lines that litter the story.

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  • SammyGirl
  • 09-08-18

Great book ruined by poor editing

I loved this book in print and was so excited to see that an unabridged version was soon to be released. However, this version is ruined by some incredibly poor editing. There are several points where words or phrases are repeated, for example. At one point there's three separate repeated phrases in just 2 minutes! This really ruined it for me to hear the same phrase repeated but in a slightly different tone of voice and really is something that should have been picked up before the audio book was released.

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  • cathryn
  • 08-23-18

Audible.... Erm edit please 🤭

Fantastic book
Fabulous story
Brilliantly read BUT all the edits are still in there!! Audible please sort so this can be a perfect listen for others!!!!

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  • Lindsey Smith
  • 11-02-18

Fantastic

Absolutely loved this booked, brilliant and so well read - I enjoyed every second of this book

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  • Madeleine
  • 08-22-18

A distraction in editing

Philippa Gregory's work is, as usual, superb here, but this audiobook suffers from - and I'm no expert in this so I can only guess - some sloppy editing. There are numerous repetitions of preceding phrases or half-sentences, which the narrator has expressed in a slightly different way or with different emphases that I can only imagine were not edited out before the book was issued. It doesn't seriously detract from the book itself, but there are a biggish number of times that these hiccups occur and it's slightly distracting. That's the only reason for my three stars.

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  • Ms Jane Feasey
  • 08-26-19

The other Berlin girl

I love this book. Some fact some fiction. A healthy dose of make up your own mind. It did show how expendable girls are. Make them do your bidding reap your male rewards, throw the girl to the wolves. A big dose of unhealthy ambition at the cost of everyone else. But I got a real feel of how dangerous it was to live in Henry's court. The feel of menace and how you could never win. Because no one was going to speak out about the lies or they would be in trouble. Amazing what people can do and convince themselves is ok. Self preservation I spose. The narrator was brilliant. I have read the book but enjoyed being read to.
The title of my review is because when I ask Alexa to play book, she says "playing the other Berlin girl". Now I'm going to listen to what Alexa will call the Berlin inheritance!

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  • Laurac
  • 11-18-18

Captivating

Honestly, you won’t be able to stop listening, hoovering, cooking, walking the dog it’s an addictive story, and Philippa Gregory a clever clever woman.
Oh and Vanessa Kirby an inspired reader, just a hop and a leap back in time from Princess Margaret.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-28-19

loved it

Wow, historical facts brought to life with passion, and imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-19

Wow

What can I say, it is another amazing book by an Amazing author. I love Philippa Gregory books. I like the narrators voice it's a must listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

Interesting story

Interesting story, easy reading, easy to listen, narrator is very good. based on true events.

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  • Katrina Michelle De Vries
  • 12-25-18

Still an all time Favourite

I have read and listened to this book at least a dozen times. I still enjoy it and get caught up in it.

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  • Alison M Odgers
  • 09-25-18

Captivating story, wonderful performance

Captivating story, read beautifully by Vanessa Kirby. However, there were numerous lines re-read during the performance which should have been removed during editing.

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  • Elise
  • 08-28-18

Outstanding Narration

This book comes highly recommended with its exceptional narration & truly outstanding historical accounts. I loved every minute.

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  • Mandy
  • 08-14-18

A new favourite!

Fantastic read. Narration was great but needed better editing. Otherwise a sensational book if you enjoy historical novels.