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3.00000855435652 out of 53.00000855435652 out of 53.00000855435652 out of 53.00000855435652 out of 53.00000855435652 out of 5 3.00 (233,799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Plantagenets and Tudors Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342323
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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

  • “With diabolical delight, the author of The Queen's Fool etches the story of the unsisterly machinations of Anne Boleyn and her sibling Mary.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “[A] fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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…fans of historical fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Leigh | 4/6/2017

    " I love reading about this time period, and especially about Ann Boleyn. This was a great book from Mary, Ann's sister, point of view. Lots of passion/lust, sex, secrets, & "courtly" life! "

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

    " Not enough sex! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lez O'donnell | 2/3/2014

    " My favourite period in history and a well written story. True or not I dont care, Phillipa Gregory is one of my all time favourite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corkybean | 1/31/2014

    " I am reading or listening on audio to many books related to the Tudors in England. Knowing something about them makes each book more interesting. Reading fiction keeps me interested. I know that part of the story is fiction but I believe that Phillipa Gregory bases her books on research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Kilpatrick | 1/30/2014

    " I thought that while this book was a bit trashy and Joan Collins-y, it was a good beach read none the less. And thoroughly enjoyable none the less "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/27/2014

    " Full of suspense and rivalrey...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gere Lewis | 1/21/2014

    " An author of historical fiction has to make a good story the first priority and to try to create that story without distorting the historical record overmuch. Now in this novel, there were definitely historical inaccuracies, but I feel that they were necessary to create a good story. Anyone that is too fussy about the historical record would do well to avoid this book and probably the genre of historical fiction all together. Those that enjoy an excellent story set in the time and court of Henry VIII will be thrilled with The Other Boleyn Girl. Readers will enjoy watching the king's favor pass from Katherine of Aragon, to Mary Boleyn, to Anne Boleyn, and finally to Jane Seymour all through they eyes of Mary Boleyn. They will feel pity for poor Queen Katherine. They will ride a roller coaster of emotion with Mary Boleyn. The will recoil with horror from Queen Anne's tantrums and likely gag on the sickening sweetness of Jane Seymour. All in all, it is well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 1/19/2014

    " One of those not very well written but compulsively readable books. Her use of commas in place of semicolons was irritating, but the storytelling was good enough to compensate. There were parts of the book where everything was going so wrong for Mary that I could hardly stand to read any more. A fun escape, and a good inspiration to re-learn more about Henry the VIII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 1/15/2014

    " prachtig historisch roman, geeft een mooi beeld van britse hof en de familie Boleyn. Ook schokkend om te zien hoe er met meisjes werd omgesprongen!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri | 1/15/2014

    " This is a really good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lottie | 1/15/2014

    " I love how the author completely transports the reader into the lives and times of the Boleyn girls. It's a fascinating look into the customs of this time period. I was utterly captivated....and stayed up way past my bedtime finishing it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ev | 1/13/2014

    " Wonderful. Phillips Gregory does it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bat Reader | 12/1/2013

    " Not as fond of this one as everyone else seems to be, but it was very well written and through, just not my favorite story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 12/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bagginsmum | 11/4/2013

    " An enjoyable romp but disappointed by how quickly it wraps up Anne Boleyn being in the Tower and then beheaded. Suspect not historically accurate but a good yarn all the same "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey Leahey | 10/23/2013

    " Nice to read Ann Boylen wasn't as terrible as told "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirra Antrobus | 10/19/2013

    " I love historical fiction, and the English monarchy is one of my favorite subjects. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nan Wrathofmom | 5/22/2013

    " Quite frankly, the best part of Philippa Gregory's books are the blurbs on the back. This is a rare instance when the movie is just as awful as the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kori | 4/21/2013

    " When I want to feel what life was like in this time period, I read Gergory's books about King Henry the eighth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Upton | 1/13/2013

    " Easy reading, great stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Sim | 12/3/2012

    " An entertaining read that takes you right into the court of Henry the VIII! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade L. | 10/20/2012

    " As excellent as usual :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 3/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jevance | 11/1/2011

    " Wish the author wasn't so sexually explicit...otherwise good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bree Hutson | 10/5/2011

    " I so enjoyed this book! Read 3 times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christin Mcgowen | 8/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book although I felt it was a bit lengthy. Love the vile sibling rivalry between Anne and Mary!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Mahony | 7/6/2011

    " I loved it! Pure entertainment and a little history too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/11/2011

    " A very enjoyable tale of life in the Tudor court. Very fascinating and a good, easy read for when you require something not too challenging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyse | 5/22/2011

    " What an eye opener to what went on in those castles with royalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnphotos84 | 5/22/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! It was far better than the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/22/2011

    " Just fluff, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/20/2011

    " I read this book a few years ago (when it was popular), but I'd like to read it again. We're watching the series "The Tudors" right now on Netflix, and in that Mary is very passive about the whole thing...might be fun to re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/19/2011

    " A fascinating look at the court of Henry VIII through the eyes of Anne's less well-known sister, Mary. As Henry's lover prior to Anne, Mary has a different perspective on the court, as she moves from first the favored to the less-favored... but at least, living. Very interesting. "

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

    " I thought this was an easy, modern and enjoyable way to read history. This story is told in the eyes of other (Boleyn) sister through (part of) the reign of King Henry VIII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/17/2011

    " One of my favorite books ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 5/15/2011

    " After you read this amazing book you have to read the Boleyn Inheritence...highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " Great for those who like a little drama added to a historical setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 5/15/2011

    " my all-time FAVORITE book!!! I fell in love with Mary Boleyn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/14/2011

    " Great book. Long, but I love the era and the drama between the sisters and the family. Really sets you into what it was like living back then and the family trials and drama.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/11/2011

    " Love the historical detail, the intrigue and corruption of the English court under Henry VIII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 5/11/2011

    " I can't get enough of Henry VIII. What a crazy time period! "

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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

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.