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The Other Queen

Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
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1568. Mary Queen of Scots, fleeing rebellion in her kingdom, is offered a safe haven by Elizabeth I with George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The arrival of an extravagent queen turns the household upside down, as it becomes clear that the visit is a house arrest.   

Queen Mary makes Bess’ hard-won house a centre for unrest and treason, and - perhaps worst of all - Mary Queen of Scots’ fabled beauty starts to work on the Tudor loyalist, Bess’ own husband, George.   

The two women fight for their own rights: Mary to regain the crown and the kingdom of Scotland; Bess to win back her husband and houses. A third woman can decide: Elizabeth the First, and nobody knows how far she will go to protect her own safety.   

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind The Other Queen.

©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows." (Peter Ackroyd, The Times)

"For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating." (Sunday Times

"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

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brilliant story, brilliant narration

Brilliant story, brilliant performances by all three narrators.
Richard Armitage proved once again that he is the best narrator ever.

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  • D. Gillespie
  • 11-14-18

Differing vocal levels

Great story, mostly very enjoyable and an interesting perspective on two of the best know queens and the role of Talbots in Mary’s captivity.

Disappointed with the differences in volume levels between the two performers, I was constantly adjusting the volume or straining to hear the male performer.

Also there was constant repetition in the storyline about Bess as an accomplished and shrew business women. It was unusual for her time, but not necessary to keep referencing.

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  • Stu Young
  • 02-21-19

A fantastic realistic dramatisation

The three performances within this audio book are breathtaking - showing us an insight of the thoughts of the three main characters - very powerful and I did not want to pause it.

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  • Mrs. K. Sowden
  • 11-22-18

Excellent

Fascinating tale. Having 3 readers works really well. Definitely recommended.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-19

voices of the past

All three characters were very human and having them read individually made me feel like I was getting to know each person's deep secrets. Love a good story like this when it has been based on events.

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  • Tamorinia
  • 07-23-19

So Dull!

I am a massive fan of the Philippa Gregory cousin’s war novels so decided to listen to the Tudor novels. Most are fine (not as good but fine) but this and ‘The Virgin’s Lover’ were painful and arguably about the most interesting people. They picked a time where both monarchs did nothing so are so dull for an 18hr novel. Here is a sum up:
He loves the Queen
Mary loves herself
Bess loves her house

That’s the entire novel. Nothing happens...that’s it.
Such a shame. I only listened to this as it’s the last one in the series so I forced myself. The performances were fine but the script was like reading the shipping forecast! Stick to the War of the Roses.

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  • Mrs.Sylvia Ratcliffe
  • 07-17-19

Gripping.... characters brought to life.

Loved this book. Could have slapped Lord Shewsbury... Adored Bess of Hardwick ... and for those people who have had to live with characters like Mary Queen of Scots in their lives
will understand the dilemma. Henry Cecil ...what a diplomat! could not stop listening.

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  • K. Merrin
  • 07-15-19

Enjoyable and informative

Great to concentrate on particular time in the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Compelling storyline

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  • The Book Worm!
  • 06-10-19

gripping listen

So nice to hear another side to familiar story. Beautifully researched and read. Could hardly turn it off.

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  • anne hunt
  • 05-13-19

History approached from a different angle

Hardwick Hall is the first historical building I visited on a school trip when I was about 10 years old and it made an indelible impression on me. I had no idea of Bess of Hardwick's involvement with the saga of Mary Queen of Scots detention so it was fascinating to hear this story. The voicing of the three protagonists by different actors worked extremely well for me and I was gripped from start to finish.

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  • Mrs Harriet Watson
  • 05-02-19

So boring.

I really wanted to finish this book as it was the last one in the chronological order of books, but wow was it boring. The male voice was so dreary and dull I struggled not to skip his bits entirely. There is barely a storyline either, it's really clutching straws.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-19

very different perspective

Great read. Loved the different story line. The narrators were completely engaging. I couldn't stop listening