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The White Queen Audiobook

The White Queen

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.

A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family -- her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved. Informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills, Philippa Gregory gives an unforgettable voice to an extraordinary woman at the heart of a devastating conflict.

©2009 Philippa Gregory; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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    Amazon Customer 07/04/2013
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    "Frustrated about unabridged version not available"

    Apparently this is due to be broadcast as a TV adaptation this Spring (2013), so I was keen to listen before the programme comes out. The narration is good, and the story from the women's perspective is always engaging to me. The problem is the abridged version means you miss out on so much and the book is if finished too quickly. I am sure at least half the book is cut out. I would listen again if an unabridged version came out.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nom de Plume Norfolk, England 03/02/2010
    Nom de Plume Norfolk, England 03/02/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Not in the same league as Wolf Hall"

    I downloaded this as I had listened to Wolf Hall which had given me a taste for historical fiction. Having enjoyed the film production of The Other Boleyn Girl, I thought I would try a book by Philippa Gregory and The White Queen caught my eye. Unfortunately it was rather too Mills and Boons-ish for me, was too historically inaccurate and contained an annoying amount of witchcraft references. That said, I might have enjoyed it better if I hadn't just listened to Wolf Hall which rather blew it out of the water.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Near Abingdon, United Kingdom 06/12/2010
    Amanda Near Abingdon, United Kingdom 06/12/2010 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader who usually has more than one book on the go at a time.

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    "Philippa Gregory does it again"

    I have a passion for historical novels and this one does not disappoint. Elizabeth Woodville is a fascinating woman who achieves greatness through her wits and beauty. Whether you like her or not you have to admire her. Beautifully read and I especially liked the way the war scenes were read by a man.

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    Dr Ann-Maree Nobelius 23/05/2017
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    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Relative to the other books in the series this was disappointing. The narrator did the best they could with poor narrative


    What will your next listen be?

    I've moved onto the Red Queen which is a far more polished effort with well drawn out characters


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    the narrator is great


    Any additional comments?

    its a shame, the series has been enjoyable on long trips

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    april 05/10/2015
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    great story i loved every word great voice effects used in the water witch story

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    Bob 22/09/2015
    Bob 22/09/2015 Member Since 2014

    Fantasy Fan, but I'll try most things.

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    "Captivating"
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    I really liked this book. Ignore the cover and the po-face image it might first present, this novel is easily accessible and full of charm. It's main character is literally enchanting and the touch of mysticism thrown into the novel adds much to the telling but at the same time does not detract from the sense of historical accuracy. Whilst I wouldn't describe it as rip roaring fun, on it's own terms I think it must be up there at the top of it's genre, if you like stories with real intrigue, double dealing, historical significance, and great characters your in luck. In all aspects it is very polished, well narrated and written by a writer who with this is at the top of her game.

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    geoff 22/09/2015
    geoff 22/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "need to listen carefully can soon lose story,"

    enjoyed the book well told gave a good insite to the period, very well done

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    Gina 17/01/2015
    Gina 17/01/2015
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    "Better than the TV Series..."

    ...which was remarkable. The detail made me feel I was actually present and eavesdropping! Fantastic!

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    RoseWood Wakefield, Yorkshire, England 07/08/2014
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    "Loved It!!!"
    What did you like most about The White Queen?

    I liked that it was based on historical fact and was well researched by the author.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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    julie CROYDON, United Kingdom 19/09/2013
    julie CROYDON, United Kingdom 19/09/2013 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The White Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Philippa Gregory amazing writer this fantastic story had me so gripped. Love old stories of what times were like


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    "too short"

    very well read except for the male voices especially king edward. but always a great story look forward to the unabridged version.

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  • Tamara
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    "Brilliant!"

    Even though this is an abridged version, this audio is really good to listen to. I have several of Philippa's novels in hardcopy and have found that out of all of them, I haven't managed to actually read this one yet. Having listened to it though, I am eager to pick up the book and read it and pick up on the parts that have been missed out.
    I love the way the different voices are portrayed with the different readers. It gives a sense of almost acting it out yet it is totally being read.
    Once again a fantastic historial novel. Philippa has done a magnificent job in the writing of this book and I recommend you give this audio version a listen. You won't be disappointed.

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