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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolly Erickson Narrator: Rebekah Germain Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781482978988
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Born Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne. A second marriage to her handsome, but dissolute cousin Lord Darnley ended in murder and scandal, while a third marriage to the dashing, commanding Lord Bothwell, the love of her life, gave her joy but widened the scandal and surrounded her with enduring ill repute. Unable to rise above the violence and disorder that swirled around her, Mary plucked up her courage and escaped to England—only to find herself a prisoner of her ruthless, merciless cousin Queen Elizabeth. Here, in her own riveting account, is the enchanting woman whose name still evokes excitement and compassion—and whose death under the headsman’s axe still draws forth our sorrow. In The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, Carolly Erickson provides another in her series of mesmerizing historical entertainments, and takes readers deep into the life and heart of the sixteenth century’s most fascinating woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As one of the foremost fictionalized biographers writing today, Erickson breathes life into history and brings great women to life. She brilliantly takes Mary, Queen of Scots, out of the historical record and creates a passionate woman readers will understand and adore…Erickson’s engrossing narrative allows Mary to speak and readers to decide what kind of woman she was.”

    Romantic Times

  • “In her latest historical entertainment, Erickson blends fact with fancy as she unravels the life story and tragic end of Mary, Queen of Scots…the narrative clips along at a suspenseful pace…The vividly realized relationship between Mary and her Scottish consort, Jamie, is the strongest aspect of the book. Recommended for historical fiction fans who enjoy Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy and can’t read enough novels about this period.”

    Library Journal

  • “The always reliable Erickson mines rich historical territory when she excavates the relatively brief, yet ever-fascinating, life of Mary Queen of Scots for her latest historical tour de force…This intimate reworking of a storied life etched with plenty of royal maneuvering and tragedy will appeal to the usual suspects—steer Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans immediately to this satisfying read.”

    Booklist

  • “A fast-paced, lavishly detailed narrative.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlo | 2/18/2014

    " Liked it, but not my favorite "beheaded queen" book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 2/11/2014

    " This was a book I was really looking forward to - I love historical fiction, biographies, all that kind of stuff. It started off well, but it got bogged down and boring till I skimmed the last 50 pages. It seemed like she made stupid decisions about a lot of things because the reasonings were not well explained. The first person writing was pretty good until about 2/3 of the way in as I said. Started well, ended way too late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 2/8/2014

    " 2.5 stars: I knew going into this that Carolly Erickson isn't exactly known for staying true to facts. She calls her books "historical entertainment" and tends to make up a lot of the characters and their interactions, along with messing around with the dates and time lines or making up events altogether. For example, in this particular book, she invented a secret daughter for Mary, made up the majority of interactions between Mary and Bothwell (considering he was actually imprisoned for much of the time) and made up the entire escape to Rome so it's a bit frustrating to read something so completely inaccurate. With that being said though, the story of Mary is still a very interesting one and I'd like to learn more about her. Hopefully she'll be portrayed a little better in other books! I think for anyone truly interested in learning about Mary though, this book isn't the best choice. It's basically pure fluff and for entertainment only which is what I rated it on, but for historical accuracy, it fails. When it comes to historical fiction, I need/want more history than fiction so I'm hesitant to read anything else by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tobi | 1/21/2014

    " This was a good read although one has to remember that is it fiction and not take all of it as facts. I will be reading other books by this author. It is a sad and tragic story any way you tell it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/16/2014

    " Good historical fiction. It helped give me a better understanding of that period of European history during Tudor times. It made me want to read a non-fiction account of Mary's life to see what was true and what might have been added or changed for the story's sake. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renee | 1/10/2014

    " I could have done better than this . Love historical novels - not this one . Don't waste your time . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alana | 1/7/2014

    " Seriously!? I didn't even finish the last 50 pages or so, I was so bored. Frankly, how many times can I say to myself, "Stupid woman!" That's what I said throughout the entire novel. It was a frustratingly boring read, so don't bother reading unless you have to torture yourself for some reason. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marnetta | 12/29/2013

    " I'm a sucker for historical fiction. But this wasn't worth it for me. When authors such as Alison Wier,Tracy Chevalier to enjoy there was no reason to finish this book. I really wanted to like this book too as I find Mary Queen of Scots fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 12/25/2013

    " As a long time fan of books describing the life of this queen, I was not happy with the liberties this author took with the tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/12/2013

    " If i had not read so many other books about Mary I probably would have liked the book better. Not so good on the known history of Mary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Mitchell | 12/9/2013

    " This book was horrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 11/13/2013

    " The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots not as engaging as Margaret George's novel about Mary Stuart and is rather short on detail. It is a quick mildly entertaining story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/4/2013

    " Interesting history of the Elizabethan time period. I do believe the author is a bit of an optomistc romantic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carissa | 3/7/2013

    " The first half of this book was really good. Then it went WAY out there with completly reinventing a great deal of the history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MichelleAM Mendoza | 11/16/2012

    " Although I enjoy a good historical fiction, this book was simply just OK. It was an interesting take on what Mary Queen of Scots may have thought about her life, but I find her character to be very whiny, reckless, and immature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Dawn | 10/26/2012

    " Another audiobook "read" which I enjoyed as a way to consider what it must have been like in those times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 10/17/2012

    " I was looking forward to this book and wanted to like it, but quit after about 100 pages. Poorly written dialogue, too much "fiction" in the history, and Mary was just not likable at all. If you want to read about Mary, read Reay Tannahill's Fatal Majesty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/8/2012

    " I am definitely a sucker for historical fiction written from the first person point of view. This reminded me a lot of Abundance (about Marie Antoinette), and I loved that story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Van | 12/28/2011

    " Excellent story with accurate accounts, I truly felt bad for Mary . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/11/2011

    " This book was a good way to kill a few hours, but I wasn't jumping up and down about it. I feel like knowing the history and how the book was going to end probably put a damper on my enthusiasm as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/13/2011

    " Very highly fictionalized, which annoyed me at times, but overall pretty entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 6/28/2011

    " Excellent story with accurate accounts, I truly felt bad for Mary . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mina | 5/23/2011

    " The author took far too many liberties with historical fact in this book for my taste. I will make sure in the future to avoid any other books by Carolly Erickson. I was strongly tempted not to finish the book, and the only reason I did so was because I hate leaving a book half-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/8/2011

    " Easy read and interesting subject matter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Dawn | 4/6/2011

    " Another audiobook "read" which I enjoyed as a way to consider what it must have been like in those times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/4/2011

    " An easy, fun read. Learned quite a lot I didn't know (even though it was a fictionalization) and went right to some history books to find out more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 2/25/2011

    " it was ohkay, not the greatest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karissa | 2/7/2011

    " Don't read this book expecting to learn anything about history. The only facts in here are that Mary was Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I executed her. On that note, still a good piece of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/12/2010

    " I am so glad that I didn't live in the 16th Century. What a book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marj | 10/12/2010

    " I thought that telling her story as a memoir was effective and made the account interesting. Of course, many of the details are fictionalized but the history of this era and this particular queen is well worth reading about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubreya | 10/8/2010

    " I enjoyed this book on the merit of the writers tone and the development of the characters. However, I was disappointed by how much this book deviated from historical accounts. I think this book falls more under the category of fiction rather than historical fiction. But, still a pleasant read. "

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About the Author
Author Carolly Erickson

Carolly Erickson is the bestselling author of many distinguished works of nonfiction and a series of historical entertainments, blending fact and invention. Her historical biographies include The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Her Little Majesty, and Alexandra. She lives in Hawaii.

About the Narrator

Rebekah Germain has a background in theater, film, and radio. In 2005 she was nominated for best actress at the Erie Film Festival in Indiana for her lead in the short film Summer Job. Her other audio work includes several broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4, including Carbon Diaries 2015 and Rabbit-Proof Fence.