The Marriage Game

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Julia Franklin
  • 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this compelling novel of Tudor drama and suspense, acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley. Only 25 and newly crowned, Elizabeth vows to rule the country as both queen and king. But her counselors continually press her to form an advantageous marriage and produce an heir. Though none of the suitors have yet worked their way to her throne, the dashing - though married - Lord Robert lays claim to Elizabeth's heart. Their flagrant flirting, their unescorted outings, and the appointment of Lord Robert to Master of Horse inspire whispers through the court, and even rumors that Elizabeth has secretly given birth to Lord Robert's child.
Events take a dark turn when Robert's wife is found dead. Universal shock is followed by accusations of murder. Despite the scandal, Elizabeth and Robert manage to navigate the choppy political, economic, and religious waters around them. But the greatest obstacle to marriage between the Queen and her true love may come not from outside forces, but from within.

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Narrator's lisp is maddening

Would you try another book from Alison Weir and/or Julia Franklin?

The story itself was fine- not great, but I knew what to expect from this author. I would certainly read another book by Alison Weir, but I would NEVER listen to another audiobook narrated by Julia Franklin. She has a very noticeable lisp, which I understand is not something she can control, but I really don't understand how you get a job as a narrator with that being the case.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'm not interested in reviewing the story, just want potential buyers to be aware of a problem with the narration of this audiobook.


Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Franklin’s performances?

No. As stated, she has a lisp that is extremely distracting to listen to and at times even makes her hard to understand, particularly when she's speaking fast or doing an accent. She would be a fine- not great, but fine- narrator otherwise but I just don't understand how she got this job despite having a pretty pronounced speech impediment.


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- Elizabeth

Not my favorite Alison Weir Fiction

I am a HUGE Alison Weir fan but I was honestly disappointed in this novel. It lacked Weir' s usual passion and suspense. Still worth reading but doesn't compete with "The Lady Elizabeth " or "Innocent Traitor"
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- Michelle Hamlett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books