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The Lady of the Rivers

Narrated by: Tracy-Ann Oberman
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Summary

Jacquetta, daughter of the count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou's close friend and a Lancaster supporter - until the day that her daughter, Elizabeth Woodville, fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV. Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines.

©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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This is NOT unabridged

Really disappointed that this book is abridged. Some parts don't make sense as previous sections are missing. A real shame, as it's a great book.

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NOT UNABRIDGED

Actually feel like asking for my credit back on this, I like to swap between reading the book and listening while I'm cleaning driving etc but this isn't possible with this audio book even though it says unabridged it isn't, there are chunks missing and those parts are huge when you try to go back to the book it leaves you confused. this is the first time I've been disappointed with an audio book.

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Not unabridged

Great story, too good to to miss half by listening to the abridged. Looking forward to the rest in the series

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I found this to be an intriguing story.

I found the plot intriguing. the characters and plot is well developed. I recommend this text to all.

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Captivating

What made the experience of listening to The Lady of the Rivers the most enjoyable?

It was wonderfully narrated and so very interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Putting it in historical context - If you haven't watched The White Queen series then it helps to put this in context - also related to Philippa Gregory's historical novel series The Cousins' War.

Have you listened to any of Tracy-Ann Oberman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but would again.

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

If I could have.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant - one of the best audio books I've listened to.

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monotonous, lacking in richness

In other Philippa Gregory books I've read, the characters have a rich inner life, and this happens against the backdrop of fascinating historical events. This one is different. It's very 'this happened then this happened then this happened', and the things that happen are quite repetitive and hard to keep track of. I don't know, but I suspect that this is because it's abridged. Sacrificing narrative would make later narrative events not make sense, so instead the abridged version sacrifices the detail and inner lives of the characters that make the books interesting. I managed to get most of the way through this book, but eventually realised I didn't really care what happened to the characters because I hadn't really connected with them.

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Brilliant


great narrator
fantastic story couldnt stop listerning, great storyline kept wrapped in from beginning to end.

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Brilliant

I love all the books and so glad Audible as a wide collection with great narrators. This one in particular, is a favourite. Written with such passion!

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Prophetic and perceptive, a real page turner

a wonderful journey of how a woman struggled with her ability to sense the implications of the actions of the key players. Giving a voice from the past a modern hearing into the power struggles of an interesting period of history. So enjoyed it, I really felt I was being given a first-hand account.

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very enjoyable to listern to.

very well read, although sometimes the accents get in the way but does not take away from the story 1