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3.00120606478291 out of 53.00120606478291 out of 53.00120606478291 out of 53.00120606478291 out of 53.00120606478291 out of 5 3.00 (5,804 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cousins’ War Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781442352612
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In The Kingmaker’s Daughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From the queen of royal fiction comes a gripping fifteenth-century tale of the daughters of the man known as the ‘Kingmaker.’”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest…In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women’s lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory’s many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman’s point of view will love her latest work.”

    Library Journal

  • “It’s every man and woman for themselves in Gregory’s latest, which offers reliable royal entertainment.”

    Booklist

  • “Gregory creates suspense by raising intriguing questions about whether her characters will transcend their historical reputations.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2017

    " I could stop listening! This one had me fired up, sad, tearful. Only Ms Gregory can make you feel love and hate for the same character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djclare17gmail.com | 2/7/2014

    " Enjoyed this one of hers, as I've not enjoyed the last several. Gregory is back! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/6/2014

    " More difficult to keep track of all the characters than other books by this author, but still an interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 2/4/2014

    " Although I loved "The Other Bolyn Girl", I have not enjoyed some of Philippa Gregory's more recent books, so hadn't read any of the Cousins War series. I picked this one up since I've always been intrigued by the story of Richard and the nephews in the Tower and wasn't ever clear on the historical context of that event. I can't say this book really shed much light on that, but I did get a little more context on the time period before the Tudors came to rule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 2/2/2014

    " the cousin's war is a great series. i highly recommend it for anyone who likes medieval history, or has read the tudor series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marita | 1/28/2014

    " good book! one more to go..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magalie | 1/13/2014

    " Quite enjoyed it. You realise the main character was a bit paranoid when you reach the end of the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley Hanson | 1/2/2014

    " This is my second Phillipa Gregory book and I enjoyed it. I really love the cover! It is beautiful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen Van Vickle | 12/29/2013

    " I think I may be getting bored with Phillippa Gregory....it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Green-barteet | 12/13/2013

    " Well written, but Anne is not as compelling of a protagonist as the others in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary Laurey | 12/8/2013

    " Much more fun the History lessons. Interesting suggestion re the Princes in the Tower. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 8/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed the character development in this story. Until the end when she gave up on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy DeMarino | 7/30/2013

    " loved this book, as i love all the books by philippa gregory. she, to me, is a great writer and holds my interest from the very first page. can't wait for more!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 6/2/2013

    " Yikes! Poorly written and not as interesting as the last book I read from Ms. Gregory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 5/2/2013

    " Not anywhere as good as The Other Boelyn Girl as professed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Schlemmer | 4/5/2013

    " Love well written historical fiction. Just loved this book. My first introduction to Phillipa Gregory. Will be reading more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dilys | 3/17/2013

    " This is the story based on the life of Anne Neville daughter of the Earl of Warwick known as the Kingmaker.Philippa Gregory has done it again a very impressive novel & a fitting end to her cousins series. A must read for historical fiction lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 susan funk | 2/16/2013

    " another good read by her. Different perspective on the Neville girls..as always I love this kind of historical novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/25/2012

    " LOVED this book - if you loved her others, you will love this one. Can't wait until "The White Princess" comes out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 10/9/2012

    " A Tragic tale of one of the saddest women in English history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie K. | 8/21/2012

    " The Kingmaker's Daughter is the latest installment in Philippa Gregory's wonderful series of historical fiction novels that focus on women from the English Wars of the Roses period. 'The Kingmaker's Daughter' is centered upon Anne Neville and written as seen from her point of view. Anne was the daughter and heiress of the earl of Warwick (otherwise known as the Kingmaker). I don't want to give anything away but suffice to say this was a wonderful novel with no shortage of political intrigue with the unique twist being that it's seen from the perspective of a young woman with intimate connections to the parties involved. This was a truly spellbinding novel and I recommend it wholeheartedly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy R. | 8/19/2012

    " Not bad overall but it drags a lot in way too many places and there's way too much drama for the sake of itself for my taste. I frequently lost interest and had to make an effort to finish it as I abhor leaving things half-done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie C. | 8/17/2012

    " This is an incredibly gripping tale about the daughters of the man that history remembers as the "Kingmaker", Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick. I felt like the author's skilled writing (and the narrator's talented voice work I might add) truly brought these young girls and their stories to life in a way that was exquisitely unique. I was enthralled from beginning to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja M. | 8/15/2012

    " I really wanted to like this book more but the fact that the story is told from the point of young Anne Neville made little sense to me as there is no way she would have understood a lot of what was occurring around her unless she was some sort of savant. It's a good story but I had a hard time getting past that huge shortcoming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane W. | 8/14/2012

    " I'm sorry but I found this to be completely boring and repetitive. It's an interesting idea for a story but I didn't think the author pulled it off at all. More tiring than intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen M. | 8/12/2012

    " This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to all year. I typically love Phillipa's work but she really took her writing to another level with this novel. The story is incredible and her talent for effective character development really shines here. Whatever you do don't pass up this book! "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University. She is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Tudor series, which includes the enormously successful book The Other Boleyn Girl. There are currently over a million copies of The Other Boleyn Girl in print in the US alone; it was also made into a successful major motion picture starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Gregory also regularly contributes short stories, features, and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato is an actress and narrator born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002. She is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards and Audie Awards.