The Other Boleyn Girl: A Novel Audiobook, by Philippa Gregory Play Audiobook Sample

The Other Boleyn Girl: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Vanessa Kirby Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 14.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels Release Date: January 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781508292661

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

53

Longest Chapter Length:

76:09 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

41 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

25:10 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

46

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Publisher Description

NARRATED BY THE CROWN’S VANESSA KIRBY!

The #1 New York Times bestseller from “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory is a rich, compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue surrounding the Tudor court of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the infamous Boleyn family.

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

With more than one million copies in print and adapted for the big screen, The Other Boleyn Girl is a riveting historical drama. It brings to light a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and survived a treacherous political landscape by following her heart.

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"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."

— Gere (5 out of 5 stars)

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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.”

    — Newsday

The Other Boleyn Girl Listener Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Trinity, 2/14/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Brandi Leigh, 4/6/2017
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not enough sex! "

    — Meredith, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Lez, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Corkybean, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    — Katherine, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Diana, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Frances, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Lottie, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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!! "

    — Esther, 1/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a really good read! "

    — Geri, 1/15/2014
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    " Wonderful. Phillips Gregory does it again. "

    — Ev, 1/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Bat, 12/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Becca, 12/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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 "

    — Bagginsmum, 11/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Stacey, 10/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Kirra, 10/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Nan, 5/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Kori, 4/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Easy reading, great stuff "

    — Jo, 1/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Mandy, 12/3/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " As excellent as usual :) "

    — Jade, 10/20/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Karyn, 3/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Jevance, 11/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Bree, 10/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Christin, 8/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Laura, 7/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Jackie, 6/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Lynnphotos84, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Elyse, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Just fluff, but I enjoyed it. "

    — Mary, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Amanda, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Marissa, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite books ever "

    — Marilyn, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Karenjanssens, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Pamela, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Lynn, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Mercedes, 5/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Melanie, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Cindy, 5/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Debbie, 5/11/2011

About Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels whose success extends to the United States as well, where she is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University, where she is a regent. Gregory is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Plantagenet and Tudor novels, which include the enormously popular Other Boleyn Girl, of which there are over a million US copies in print. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction.