The Other Queen : The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

  • by Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
  • Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
  • 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two women competing for a man's heart....
Two queens fighting to the death for dominance...
Here is the untold story of Mary Queen of Scots, in which New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.
The newly married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailors will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeded in seducing the Earl, or if the great spy master William Cecil linked them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.
Heralded as "the queen of royal fiction" by USA Today, Philippa Gregory uses new research and her passion for historical accuracy to place a well-known heroine in a completely new story full of suspense, passion, and political intrigue. The Other Queen is the result of her determination to present a story worthy of this extraordinary heroine.

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What the Critics Say

"Mary's hell-bent assuredness combines deliciously with brisk chapters and rich historical detail. Indulge." (People)

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Nothing to Write Home About

I am a huge Phillipa Gregory fan but sadly this particular title did not live up to the high expectation I had. There were three narrators and of the three I truly only enjoyed one of the three narrators whilst the story, though interesting just lacked something for me.

The Other Queen follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots during her imprisonment leading up to her death. As much as Mary's storyline is a real focal point, a rather fascinating storyline also includes Bess and her husband George Talbot. The three weaves a rather interesting relationship especially when you add Queen Elizabeth as well as William Cecil.

It's mostly a typical Phillipa Gregory type novel with the intrigue, love and treachery. You find yourself both disliking and liking all of the main characters at one point or another whilst seriously disliking both Queen Elizabeth and William Cecil. Cecil's character was definitely not spared during this conversation and as for the main characters they all seem to have at least one fundamental fault that makes them particularly difficult to like completely.

The narration though was what killed it for me. I found Ron Keith (the voice of George Talbot) so completely infuriating that I honestly wanted to just skip through his sections completely. He truly sounded like a whimpering school boy to me throughout the whole entire book. The voice of Mary was done relatively well while the voice of Bess had it moments for me.... and no all these moments were of a positive nature.

Overall the book is able to serve up what you have mostly come to expect from Phillipa Gregory. But as a whole it seems to be lacking a little bit in terms of the storyline whilst the narration for me just made it all the worse in my vantage point. It's an 'OK' listen for me, but nothing to write home about.
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- Theodore

Unrequited Love Story

The last of seven volumes in this Tudor Series. Explores in detail sixteen years of Mary Queen of Scott's imprisonment and her relationship with Shrewsbury, her 'host' and eventual jailer. Really impressed me with the vast amount of detail that I felt that I became acquainted with the Scottish Queen. A Queen whom I had previously always admired and pitied.

However after reading 'The Othe Queen' I really felt that she was a manipulator, lacked compassion, was totally heartless and would definitely NOT be someone that I would care to meet.

Felt that the narration was a little 'whiney' however other than that it was most enjoyable.
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- Julia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio