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The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.
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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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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......
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Dee on 12-23-12
The narrator normally helps to set the story for me at any rate. I love Philippa Gregory books - but I have to say this one has left me cold, but I think it is due to the narrator. It's strange how you think a voice should be and how easy it is for the voice to alter your decision on a book. I'll be honest I've left this book unfinished due to the narrator's voice.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Eve on 04-13-13
Good Book, bad narration!
I love Phillipa Gregory and loved this book, parts were so well written i was left speechless (pregnant sea voyage!) Cant fault the writing or story, would buy again!
However, unfortunately the narration was difficult to listen to for long and i was very aware i was listening to someone's voice, which isnt my experience with other audiobooks.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful