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3.00024709609293 out of 53.00024709609293 out of 53.00024709609293 out of 53.00024709609293 out of 53.00024709609293 out of 5 3.00 (9,470 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: October 2011 ISBN: 9781442344136
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory weaves witchcraft, passion, and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses.

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta has always had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she meets his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and recognizes her own power in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the “wheel of fortune” before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream.

Married to the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France, Jacquetta is introduced by him to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the Duke’s squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the Duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

A sweeping, powerful story based on history and rich in passion and legend, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother to the White Queen. Philippa Gregory is writing at the height of her talent. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wielding magic again in her latest War of the Roses novel Gregory demonstrates the passion and skill that has made her the queen of English historical fiction…Gregory portrays spirited women at odds with powerful men, endowing distant historical events with drama, and figures long dead or invented with real-life flaws and grand emotions. She makes history…come alive for readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This rip-roarer possesses the same intimate imaginative texture of Gregory’s classic The Other Boleyn Girl…It’s about love, power and human weakness.”

    USA Today online

  • “The best writers of historical fiction imbue the past with the rich tapestry of life and depth, and Gregory is surely counted among their number…A worthy addition to this fascinating series, once again distinguished by excellent characterization, thorough research, and a deft touch with the written word.”

    Library Journal

  • “The best yet, a lively tale of witchcraft and romance set amid civil wars in England and France.”

    Associated Press

  • “Sexy…scandalous…smart.”

    Redbook

  • “The suspenseful pace never flags.”

    Kirkus

  • “The ethereal magic threaded throughout the story contrasts nicely with the power politics.”

    Booklist

  • “Gregory is a consummate historical author.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • “Bianca Amato has a voice to rave about. Her narration is pure joy to hear. Add to that a fabulous story in this third installment of Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series, and you have an audio experience to savor. Amato’s elegant diction highlights the life, loves, rivalries, and betrayals faced by beautiful, intelligent, and unconventional Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. Amato captures both the young Jacquetta, a descendant of the water goddess Melusina, and the more mature woman who makes life-altering decisions for herself, her husband, and her many children. Court favorite and confidante to Queen Margaret d’Anjou, Jacquetta rises to power in a male-dominated society, an achievement that proves controversial and dangerous. Amato’s striking performance draws lifelike portraits from Gregory’s blend of research and imagination.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2011
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania | 3/4/2017

    " This book was a fantastic listen. I really enjoyed the plot and the reader was so easy to listen to. I felt like I was there experiencing the story. Her variations in voice distinguished the different characters with ease. Fantastic listen! "

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

    " Full of magic, desire, and a great backstory to some of histories forgotten heroines! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 2/19/2014

    " I am a big fan of Philippa Gregory. Real life/history always makes for interesting reads - truth is stranger than fiction, and the english monarchy is always entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/16/2014

    " This was a good book. I love Jaquetta and Richard, and think the Queen is definitely a woman who thrives on power. I also like that they introduce a lot of the players of the next book. It was good, but my favorite still remains "The Other Boleyn Girl". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magalie | 2/15/2014

    " It was entertaining to read. Interesting to view the same events through different perspectives/characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russamun82 | 2/14/2014

    " I did not know much about the mother of Elizabeth Woodville but after reading this novel, I want to do so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Geraghty | 2/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed it. If you like history and have read the White queen then you will like this book. Couldn't put it down!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Turner | 2/9/2014

    " Pat Mann's book. The royalty of Great Britain always provides good reading. Jacquetta is an intriguing heroine as she struggles through the 1400s and her loyalties to the throne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalind Norrell | 1/12/2014

    " This book shows what Philippa Gregory does best, making a woman who seems unimportant in HIStory the main focus of a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 12/31/2013

    " I thought this was the best of Philippa Gregory's! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie Picker | 12/26/2013

    " This book was absolutely fabulous - the best yet in the Cousin's War series. It was made all the more fascinating as it gave further insight into the first two books. A really great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Fike | 12/10/2013

    " War of the Roses is another interest of mine. This is the third of a series. The whole series was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena Schlesinger | 11/18/2013

    " I had some prior knowledge of Jacquetta before I read this, but I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed that all she seemed to do in this book was reproduce! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 11/6/2013

    " I have read a lot of Philippa Gregory's books, but I believe this is one of her best, if not the very best. Without giving too much away, I will only say it is filled with adventure, intrigue and intense love and hate. A great historical novel of the fifteenth century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harvie | 10/31/2013

    " This was an entertaining and educational read, but it didn't blow me away like The Other Queen did. Maybe I'm being too critical but I didn't feel the strength of Jacquetta's personality and sheer force of will that I expected considering the enormity of the choices she made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayt | 7/7/2013

    " loved it however i have found her other books more engaging than this one however still a great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie Williams | 6/6/2013

    " I love reading about the royalty of England and no one writes it better than this author. Her research is meticulous and she really enjoys bringing to light the accomplishments of the females who are often ignored in historical writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnie Funch | 6/4/2013

    " I love good historical fiction and this one fit the bill. It was occasionally a little slow but good character development. A true love story. Some interesting glimpses into life in the 15th century--not a good place for women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 5/24/2013

    " Surprized I didn't like this book more than I did. It had all the right elements - a strong woman who gained power but loved her family,historically based and a bit of the paranormal. Of course, it's IEP/WES test time so I may try reading it again once the stress and koas is through "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Buchwitz | 3/11/2013

    " Phillippa is always a good easy relaxing read. The history is fun too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 6/24/2012

    " love the author and would recommend this to a historical fiction lover "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 5/22/2012

    " I really enjoy historical fiction and this Philippa Gregory novel was no disappointment - I like how she introduces us to characters that have typically been in the historical background. There were a few sections at the end that felt a little long but overall, very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 1/14/2012

    " This book follows The White Queen and The Red Queen but could be read on it's own. It's a simplified story of the War of the Roses but I'm reading a non-fiction book about it and really struggling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/3/2011

    " great read as usual from Phillipa Gregory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/8/2011

    " I am only through the first 50 pages, but this book is AWESOME and makes me want to stay on the treadmill longer:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carina | 11/2/2011

    " I didn't enjoy it as much as the white queen, but still a thoroughly good read that captured my attention from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/2/2011

    " Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors. I've read most of her stuff. I like the fact that she focuses on women and the simple everyday world of people in the time period of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 10/31/2011

    " This was ok. I'm not sure what's stopping me from rating it higher, as it's written as well as Gregory's other stuff. Maybe the story just didn't intrigue me? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 10/31/2011

    " Best in the The Counsins' War Series. Really enjoyed this one. Would read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 10/30/2011

    " Great as always! A must for those who feel in love with the white queen.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenniferpawlik | 10/29/2011

    " I love reading Philippa Gregory's books! This one was about Jacquetta, the mother of "The White Queen," Elizabeth Woodville. In this book, I was struck by how little time mothers spent with their kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/21/2011

    " kind of read like a history book, I think it was lacking in more personality for jacquetta, and her family.. "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally and New York Times 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, winner of ten Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress 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.