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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: January 2008 ISBN: 9780743569071
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Newsday

  • “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 Monique Weaver | 2/5/2014

    " Great period book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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. "

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

    " A page turner, for sure! I seem to like a twisted tale and this was one. Excepting the ridiculous sex scenes that were completely unneccesary, it was a very interesting and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yukari | 1/19/2014

    " It's more like a romance novel rather than historical novel, but because Gregory made this period of history popular, I give 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Jones | 1/15/2014

    " I liked this book a lot and it really showed the competition for the kings love in that age "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/1/2014

    " Fantastic historical fiction novel that led me to read all of the author's books! Philippa Gregory is amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Smith | 12/31/2013

    " Easy beach reading. Just enough of everything to keep it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 12/26/2013

    " Well, naturally, after watching the Tudors series... I had to read more about the Boleyn family. And what a screwed up hot mess they were! Good read... I will make an effort to read more of Gregory's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keryn Rhule | 12/23/2013

    " LOVED LOVED this book I am so surprised I read it out of a sort of duty to a work mate she loved it - I so didn't want to read it but SO happy that I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 12/11/2013

    " Must admit I saw the movie a few years ago which got me curious a out the book. The book is completely different! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey Elizabeth | 12/7/2013

    " Very well written, especially for historical fiction. There were times when it was tough to continue reading, but in the end, a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarissa Kell | 11/30/2013

    " I really love this book. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Wilson | 11/13/2013

    " This is an excellent read. It will challenge your perspective on Tudor history and have you asking all sorts of new questions about Henry and the Church of Rome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla Molnar | 11/9/2013

    " Eh. Entertaining, without a doubt. A bit of a bodice-ripper, which I could have done without. Enjoyable, but tough to follow wolf hall and bring up the bodies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronda Trevitt | 8/25/2013

    " This was a rollicking good read, totally fictional in places but based ever so loosely on Henry VIII and his supposedly oversexed court! Enjoy it for what it is, a tale with some fun and frivolity. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 6/9/2013

    " This is a very escapist re-imagining of royalty and I loved every minute of it and slightly didn't like myself for liking it so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Little | 5/19/2013

    " I love ANYTHING by Gregory but this was very good. I have visited England a lot and have seen Heaver Castle. She writes so real about the days of Henry the VIII "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 1/25/2013

    " Became pedantic and drawn-out. I quit 2/3 of the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Roy-depeter | 10/8/2012

    " Loved, loved, loved it! This book began my love affair with Philippa Gregory's works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giulia | 5/18/2012

    " This book was the best I love the Tudor history that's Nevis I'm British "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Burns | 5/3/2012

    " actually enjoying the book "

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

    " A totally guilty pleasure..not very historically accurate, but a good story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann Yetter | 4/1/2012

    " A lengthy book, but it kept my attention throughout. I want to read more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol-lee Zuvich | 9/21/2011

    " Amazing details and well written and well researched. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kym Soper | 9/19/2011

    " Anything she writes is engaging and well researched without getting bogged down in historical stats; here, the story is the driver! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey Wynne | 7/21/2011

    " Probably the best book she ever wrote and one of my all-time favorites. I could not put this book down - I devoured it. If you like historical fiction and the Tudors, don't miss this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Reid | 7/3/2011

    " Loved it and what a surprise...takes a few chapters but once you start reading its tough to put this down. Book transforms you to another time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheralyn Koops | 5/29/2011

    " Great read! Suspenseful and harsh. I LOVE the Tudor era and it's entire history. This book delivers a fictional side of history. Makes you want to love and hate the Boelyn sisters and their whole family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 5/8/2011

    " i love this authoranother great book in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 5/6/2011

    " The main character got in the way, otherwise it was an interesting historical read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 5/5/2011

    " all of her books are just WONDERFUL and this one did not dissapoint! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/3/2011

    " How would I get through the winter without Philippa Gregory? Once fall creeps around The Other Bolyn Girl or The Red queen will be on my list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashlee | 4/28/2011

    " Read this book awhile ago. I vaguely remember the book but I really love Phillipa Gregory. I do think that I enjoyed the book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/20/2011

    " Not as good as some of her more recent novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bec | 4/19/2011

    " Gregory really knows how to immerse you into the story, I have been hooked on her tudor series for a few weeks now. On to the next.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/17/2011

    " Historical fiction has never been very appealing to me, but I really enjoyed this one. The plot wasn't predictable and the characters weren't formulaic. I learned a little about the world of the royal court and the fool's role, too, which was interesting. "

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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

Ruthie Henshall’s multiaward-winning career has seen her star in New York and London in the most popular musicals of the past twenty-five years, including Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, She Loves Me, Marguerite, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and Chicago. She also has had successful roles in plays, in concert, and on television. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre, and she was voted London’s Theatregoers Award for the most popular musical actress of the past twenty-one years. She is the author of the book So You Want to Be in Musicals.