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The King's Concubine

Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)
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Summary

One marriage. Three people. Proud king. Loving wife. Infamous mistress.

1362. Philippa of Hainault selects a young orphan from a convent. Alice Perrers, a girl born with nothing but ambition. The Queen has a role waiting for her at court. 'I have lifted you from nothing Alice. Now you repay me.' Led down the corridors of the royal palace, the young virgin is secretly delivered to King Edward III - to perform the wifely duties of which ailing Philippa is no longer capable. Power has a price, and Alice Perrers will pay it.

Mistress to the King. Confidante of the Queen. Whore to the court. Her fate is double-edged; loved by the majesties, ostracised by her peers. Alice must balance her future with care as her star begins to rise - the despised concubine is not untouchable. Politics and pillow talk are dangerous bedfellows. The fading great King wants her in his bed. Her enemies want her banished. One mistake and Alice will face a threat worse than any malicious whispers of the past.

©2012 Anne O'Brien (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists." (Sunday Express)
"One of the best writers around...she outdoes even Philippa Gregory." (The Sun)
"Her writing is highly evocative of the time period...O'Brien has produced an epic tale." (Historical Novel Society)
"Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the 'silent' women of history." (Yorkshire Post)
"Once again O'Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping story." (Lancashire Evening Post)
"An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'Brien." (We Love This Book)
"A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won't be able to put this book down." (Candis)
"A fast-paced historical drama that is full of suspense." (Essentials)

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Fantastic read

Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Concubine to be better than the print version?

The reader was brilliant...her voice really added to the story and the characters came alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The King's Concubine?

I loved the way the reader portrayed Alice’s voice. She made their seem so young and vulnerable, yet at the same time you knew that this girl could take control.

Which character – as performed by Sophie Aldred – was your favourite?

Alice,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I read it on a beach in the Maldives while sun bathing over a week.

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A great and compelling listen

If you could sum up The King's Concubine in three words, what would they be?

An engaging tale based in the facts of history

What does Sophie Aldred bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

a sympathetic and consistent character represntation by voice

Any additional comments?

Highly entertaining and it enticed me to look up historical facts that came up along the way

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Wonderful book, wonderfully read.

Would you listen to The King's Concubine again? Why?

I would listen again because it's such an intricate tale that there are sure to be things you miss with the first hearing.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are well fleshed out.

What about Sophie Aldred’s performance did you like?

Pleasant engaging voice conveyed the feelings of the characters well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Kings death bed scene had me crying too..
Also, when they took everything she had accrued legitimately and banished her.
Her husbands loyalty.

Any additional comments?

Interesting story about a woman I had hardly had knowledge of prior to this.

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