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3.00000855150357 out of 53.00000855150357 out of 53.00000855150357 out of 53.00000855150357 out of 53.00000855150357 out of 5 3.00 (233,877 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Ruthie Henshall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tudor Court Novels Release Date:
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When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn. As Mary watches Anne manipulate her rise to the throne, Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.

A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition, lust, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very center of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart. Download and start listening now!


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  • “You want a real page-turner, but you don’t want to tarnish your reputation for literary taste. The Other Boleyn Girl is your kind of...book.”


  • “Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn…The self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader's mind.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sibling rivalry and royal intrigue are at the heart of this Philippa Gregory’s historical novel. With diabolical delight, the author of The Queen’s Fool etches the story of the unsisterly machinations of Anne Boleyn and her sibling Mary. Though the story of King Henry VIII and his contentious consorts has been told often, The Other Boleyn Girl sustains our interest.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Gregory captures not only the dalliances of court but the panorama of political and religious clashes throughout Europe. She controls a complicated narrative and dozens of characters without faltering, in a novel sure to please public library fans of historical fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “Absorbing tale of a Renaissance family determined to climb as high as they can, whatever the cost.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Monique Weaver | 2/5/2014

    " Great period book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gail Amendt | 2/1/2014

    " I read this book club selection somewhat reluctantly as Philippa Gregory is not exactly known for her historical accuracy, and I like my historical fiction to be as accurate as possible while still being entertaining. Sure enough, by the time I was few pages in I had already noticed several inaccuracies and was ready to toss the book aside. I kept reading, though, and was soon caught up in the story. Told from the point of view of Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's younger (younger in this book, but in reality most historians believe older) sister, it chronicles the Boleyn Family's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. It is actually a rather shocking book, as we see how families in the royal court attempted to gain power by pimping their young daughters to the king. Being a historical romance, there is some sex, but it is not too graphic, and I wouldn't call this book a bodice ripper. I probably won't read any more Philippa Gregory, but have to admit that I enjoyed this book and even learned a bit about the workings of royal court life. I do fail to see why the author felt she needed to change the age and birth order of the Boleyn sisters to tell her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Geri | 2/1/2014

    " This is a really good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louise Gibbard | 1/28/2014

    " I would prefer to give this 2.5 rather than 3 but I can't. It's ok. Easy to read and reasonably entertaining. As you already know the basic plot from history there are no surprises or twists. I personally think it unlikely that Ann Boleyn would have been quite so calculating- is Gregory projecting modern values/ behaviour onto her early modern subjects? It's essentially Tudor set chick-lit I guess. I expected better writing at least. "

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