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The Kingmaker's Daughter

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philippa Gregory

Narrated By: Bianca Amato

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: August 2012

Duration: 15 hours 7 minutes

Summary:

In this New York Times bestseller that inspired the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Anne Neville, a beautiful young woman who must navigate the treachery of the English court as her father, known as the Kingmaker, uses her and her sister as pawns in his political game.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter—Philippa Gregory’s first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl—is the gripping tale of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family.

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  • Kathie

    I enjoy Philippa Gregory's historical novels and this was another good one. She keeps the timeline accurate and weaves interesting characters into the story line. I especially like that her books are written from a woman's perspective.

  • nab6215

    This book helped me untangle all of the children involved in the cousin's war. You thought it would have been the book about Jacquetta, who had 13 children. Somehow each line of children is clearly delineated here. Enough of that. I thought the title was plural, "Daughters" but I now see it is singular. It would have been ok plural however because it does tell the stories of both Isabel and Anne. It is told from the point of view of Anne, but Isabel's point of view is well-understood. The book leaves you with some historical things to ponder: Was Queen Elizabeth a witch? If nothing else she certainly did heavily influence King Edward; Was Richard deformed? Back to the ladies. I have really enjoyed getting the perspective of all the women of the time: Margaret of Anjou, Margaret Beaufort, Jacquetta, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne and Isabelle Neville. For the rest of this review, see Goodreads.

  • Carmel S.

    Excellent! I haven't liked Gregory's more recent books but this was a gripping read and a great story! Very well done.

  • Connie Pino

    Best story I've heard so far! The narrator has the amazing ability to suck you into the story. I watched the series The Red Queen and The White Queen and this story ties in greatly.

  • Carrie Birkle

    This is good storytelling and the narration is awesome.

  • Amy Nulliner

    This is a fantastic book, well written and beautiful narration.

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