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The Stolen Crown

It Was a Secret Marriage - One That Changed the Fate of England Forever
Narrated by: John Lee, Alison Larkin
Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Katherine Woodville's sister never gave her a choice. A happy girl of modest means, Kate hardly expected to become a maker of kings. But when her sister impulsively marries King Edward IV in secret, Katherine's life is no longer hers to control.

©2010 Susan Higginbotham (P)2013 Tantor

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"[Higginbotham] hits another historical high note in her latest fictional foray into the British monarchy. . . . This fictional prelude to the Tudor era will appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory's historicals." ( Booklist)

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A stunning look into unseen characters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is beautiful written and read. We are given a glimpse of an infamous time in history by two characters that are often overlooked, despite their vantage points being quite intimate. The characters are both warm, endearing and sweet.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Harry, he can't seem to quite help himself. It's familiar to me.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The First kiss the characters share, the shyness in Harry. That is often unexplored in literature, all men are assumed to be experienced and suave, by harry worries because he is not. It was endearing to see him and his wife fall in love.

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

When Harry sees things in the cold light of day and is grieved about what he must do to, for his conscience.

Any additional comments?

Awesome

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Great Story But-------

What did you like most about The Stolen Crown?

It introduces characters not before given much importance int the Plantagenet story/war of the roses and fills in many gaps

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Buckingham - I could feel for him from his lonely childhood through to his apparent manipulation by Richard, Duke of Gloucester. later King Richard

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee and Alison Larkin ’s performances?

No, certainly not. Alison's "little girly" voice all the way through was irritating in the extreme and John Lee sounded like a pedantic but bored history professor. He hardly changed voices/accents all the way through so that I was not always sure who was speaking. They spoilt a good story

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

I would have felt that way if not for the narrators

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Susan Higginbotham brought to life some of the lesser known characters from the Plantaganet era so it is such a shame that the narration did not do any justice to the story

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Bizarre approach to narration ruins it

Oh dear - what were they thinking? Where do I start? Well, the story is pretty good, once you get through the bizarre, and frankly awful, narration! I did find the portrayal of Richard too biased, but that may have been more about the way the narrator chose to read - like a Shakespearean villain!

Why two narrators? It just makes it confusing and disjointed - it's like I'm listening to two different books.

Why didn't they consider a consistent approach with the main character? Katherine has a French accent when the man is speaking and an English accent when the woman reads! And yet the man pronounces Beaulieu Abbey correctly and the woman doesn't (I'm from Beaulieu so picked up on this straight away).

At the beginning I wished I hadn't bought this - the man is odd - it's like a combination of Steven Hawking and Tony Blackburn narrating, only a very bored Tony Blackburn!! At first I found the woman annoying but I soon got over that as I got engrossed, but then when the man reads it's like a jolt out of the story. Awful, really poor choice - I'd re-record it if it were me. I'm surprised the author didn't refuse to have it released, I'm sure if I'd read the book myself I'd have loved it, but the narration ruins it.

It teaches me a lesson - always listen to the full sample before purchasing!

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Brilliant xx

fabulously told from am unusual perspective loved it. fills in gaps from p. Gregorys accounts and is very interesting

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  • Eleanor Howard
  • 28-07-15

Enjoyable historical fiction.

Liked the historical research and human qualities given to the characters. Will listen more by Higginbothum.

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  • Aubrey
  • 13-11-15

Just Ok

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not.

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This was an ok listen, but definitely not a must-listen. The story was a bit flat, and the characters were not that interesting.

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  • S M
  • 13-07-15

Narration

Female narrator's pitch too high for me. I had to stop listening. Story is probably good, but for me, the narrator's voice too high pitched.

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  • Bonnie Gearty
  • 14-03-20

Brilliant!

Brilliant read, absolutely ravishing!
Now I need to buy the hard copy, and any and all books by this author!!!

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  • madameEmily
  • 14-01-20

Exceptionally Entertaining

This was a wonderful book. I already owned this book in print but was so captivated by the audio sample that I just had to download it. I enjoyed this story/narration more than I have enjoyed any others for quite some time. Both narrators were beyond excellent.

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  • Holly
  • 08-09-19

well-written & imaginative

Well-written and imaginative storyline. I actually listened to it twice, once last year. The author is my favorite writer of historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-18

Good, light "reading"

The story is sweet, in places rather melodramatic and the characters seem a little contrived at times, which was not helped by the narrator's song-song style of reading. However, the research that has gone into the book is admirable. Overall, it was an enjoyable story.

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  • TNJ
  • 26-08-18

A little boring

I found this book to be a bit boring. The narrators were very good, but it seemed to go on forever. I usually binge books on the royals, but I found this one difficult to get through .

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  • Andrea G.
  • 27-03-17

Enjoyable Listen

Where does The Stolen Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Enjoyable listen. This story at least allowed this couple to fall in love with each other, thou in historical records they did not. Was an interesting take on the Great Aunt of Henry VIII.

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  • Lynn
  • 13-05-16

Most enjoyable

I enjoyed the narration and the format of when Harry was talking and Kate.
This is the first book in which Ling Richard confesses to the killing of the boys which was interesting .