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From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…
As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle. In need of trusted allies, Giulia turns to her sharp-tongued bodyguard, Leonello, and her fiery cook and confidante, Carmelina.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, Giulia, Leonello, and Carmelina must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power. But as the shadows of murder and corruption rise through the Vatican, they must learn who to trust when every face wears a mask….
©2013 Kate Quinn (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By G. M. on 01-16-14

This Lady Can Wright

What made the experience of listening to The Lion and the Rose the most enjoyable?

Narration was perfect. The story was a keeper. I fell into the three main character with pure enjoyment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't know. I loved them all. As I said they were a joy to spend time with. It is fiction with a twist of history and a very beautiful love story. No smut. Just pretty.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They were talent. They were art in action. They took pride in their performance. A real pleasure.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh, I smiled and I laughed.

Any additional comments?

I do wish she had more audible books out.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By benoibe on 02-03-16

Utterly Absurd Ending!!!!

What a disappointment! I can't believe I sat through both these books (Serpent and the Pearl, and Lion and the Rose), only to reach a completely ridiculous and unbelievable conclusion! What a waste of 35 hours! In fact, the ending is so absurd and inane that I thought it was just a dream sequence, and that the character would wake up to reality. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't give more detail, except to say that the 'happily ever after' is unreasonably absurd.
The books were interesting and held my attention till the end, but then the author made a wreckless decision with the characters that defies belief. Also the narrator who reads for Giuilia is terrible. She's hard to understand and reads in a flat boring voice without proper attention to sentence structure. I was able to overcome the flat narration, I got used to it after a while. But the ending is not easy to overlook. I can't stress how bizarre the last hour and a half is. This forced happy ending completely ruined this series for me.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Able Marle Devon on 02-25-14


Would you listen to The Lion and the Rose again? Why?

I would and will!! It's just the most lovely story ever. I am obsessed with The Borgias after watching the TV series but this goes off at a tangent and is a great story in it's own right - the Borgia characters are second to the book's three lead characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The three leads were equally charismatic - loved all three the same.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As I said in my review of the previous book The Serpent and the Pearl: Borgias, Book 1 - the narrators sound exactly as you imagine the characters to be - I watched a few episodes of the Borgias this week again and you just think that Neil Jordan should have written the character of Leonello into the series - but Ronan Vibert who reads Leonello in this version does make an amazing Lord Giovanni Sforza in the series!!

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

Yes if I could have I would have - I listened to it way into the night and missed huge chunks because of that when I fell asleep - oh damn will just have to listen to it again soon (YAY!!!)

Any additional comments?

This and Kate Quinn's The Serpent and the Pearl were the first two books I bought on Audible and it's spoilt me a little bit. As I enjoyed them so much I really am not sure how I am going to top them but going to try with Game Of Thrones all a million hours of it!!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Shelley Dawson on 07-22-15

Poorly written.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Mills & Boone readers.

What was most disappointing about Kate Quinn’s story?

What could have been a thrilling story in an era rich with intrigue and drama ended up being a clicheed romance.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Narrator(s) were not at all bad.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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