The Kingmaker's Daughter

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dawn M. Irvin on 10-23-13

The story is starting to wear thin

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The White Queen. I've read many of Philippa Gregory's book and they're always top notch. Likewise I enjoyed # 2, The Red Queen. By the time # 3 (The Lady of the Rivers) rolled around I was starting to worry a little about how things were going. I applaud the idea of taking the same basic story and telling (and retelling) it from different perspectives, but by the time I got to # 4 (The Kingmaker's Daughter) the idea was feeling overplayed. There was a lot of repetition in this book (the main character obsessing over the same thoughts and making the same points over and over) and I think this, coupled with the fact that the reader pretty much knows the story inside and out by this point, made for dry reading from time to time. Once you get passed the first 3 books the only thing new is the main character's inner thoughts and perspective so there's nothing really that makes this a compelling page turner. Nobody new joins the story, there are no big revelations, you know who is going to die and at what point in the timeline, etc. It's nice to know what Ann's thoughts were on everything, but that's just it, nice. I don't feel like it paid off in comparison to the time and money investment of buying and listening to the book. Having read the reviews for Book # 5 I don't think I'm going invest another 15 hours in this story, and I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 11-12-12

Another great book by philippa gregory!

What made the experience of listening to The Kingmaker's Daughter the most enjoyable?

The narrator was superb and the story was fascinating that I could not stop listening to it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

When anne went to court at the christmas festives. I think it was one of the happiest times of her life.

What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

Bianca Amato did an excellent job in giving each character distinct accents and different voice tones. Her performance was impeccable. I really enjoyed listening to her.

If you could rename The Kingmaker's Daughter, what would you call it?

The Nevilles, maybe......

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Joshua on 10-07-12

The Best One Yet!!!!

Lady of the River's may still be my favorite book of this series this one is a close second. Ms. Gregory does an amazing job of weaving together I single story with multiple points of view. Even though it is the pretty much the same story as the first 3 books, the reader gets a whole new point of view and a whole new Hero to love and Villain to hate. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!! But listen to the other books in the series first it will help with understanding.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 08-30-12

Marvelous Story Maker

Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

The thing about Philippa Gregory’s books is you can always read them again! I find my self cross referencing her other books in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It’s amazing how you read one of the books in the series, and you are completely behind the main character. Then you read another and you change your mind completely. I think now that I have read all three, I need to read them again to decide which character is really my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Anne and Isabelle made up after fighting for so long. I think it was a perfect scene to show how sisters can have so much hate and envy towards each other, but sisterly love is forever. However, the most intense scene was when Isabelle went into labor on the ship. It was so intense and powerful. The scene set the tone for the events that followed.

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14 of 16 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Resipsa44 on 04-06-14

The White Queen - Redux

The Kingmaker's Daughter is a repeat of the exact same story as Phillipa Gregory's The White Queen except told from the perspective Anne Neville. If you have read the White Queen don't buy this book unless you have credits to spare and want to read the same story again. It wasnt that I didn't enjoy listening to the book, per se, but it was waste of a credit. I am going to be returning the book. I agree with other reviewer's that this is grade B historical fiction and formulaic. It was an easy way for Phillipa Gregory to publish another book to make more money but doesn't add anything additional to the Cousin's War Series.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Joseph W. Thurston on 10-18-12

good story made tedious

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Ffinally gave up, it was too dragged out both in the writing and the delivery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kingmaker's Daughter?

There are many great parts of this story. This is basically the Richard III story but told about the women instead of the men. It had great possibilities.

What didn’t you like about Bianca Amato’s performance?

Pretentious and dragged out.

Do you think The Kingmaker's Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

All these women who part of the story of the Tudor rise to the throne are so interesting. But so far I have been disappointed in the books. The reading makes the characters seem so weak and whiny.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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