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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Bianca Amato, Dagmara Dominczyk, Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tudor Court Novels Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780743571074
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New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history’s most misunderstood heroines in a vivid tale of love, ambition, and jealousy—now from Encore.

A heroine everyone recognizes but few truly know, Mary Queen of Scots is remembered mostly for her death on the scaffold than for her turbulent, romantic life. In The Other Queen, Philippa Gregory resurrects Mary and her world by way of a chapter from her life that is all but forgotten: Mary’s long imprisonment as a “guest” of the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. With the earl and his wife, whose fortune and marriage are jeopardized by the extraordinary woman under their charge, Gregory has found the perfect means for understanding Mary herself, a queen who will lie, seduce, plot, and sacrifice the lives of thousands in her quest to regain her Scots throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mary’s hell-bent assuredness combines deliciously with brisk chapters and rich historical detail. Indulge.”

    People

  • “Dominczyk’s understated French accent is ideal for a queen born to entitlement, and her flashes of irritability and impertinence enhance Mary’s royal persona.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2014

    " Least favorite Philippa Gregory book I've read so far. At the end, there wasn't a single character that I liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 heather Hahn | 1/29/2014

    " Its a good book. Has a lot of romance in it with a lot of history. It resideds in scottland. Still finishing the book but great one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Launi | 1/25/2014

    " I thought it was only okay. A little slow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dempse Kb | 1/17/2014

    " This is taking me FOREVER to read. "

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

    " Interesting take on the Queen Elizabeth/Mary, Queen of Scots "battle" told through three characters; Mary, and her two "captors" George, Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife Bess. Bess is a very interesting character as she is an anachronism as a strong, independent woman of the 1500s who cared about her land and possessions as HERS. Reading Philippa Gregory's interview and notes after reading "The Other Queen" was also interesting and shed some light on Gregory's thoughts and purpose of her writings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Smith | 1/13/2014

    " I always love this author's books. Very interesting with a different perspective on history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Swope | 1/13/2014

    " Sorry about the error/comment. Damn phone. Anyway, as I was saying, I love Philippa Gregory and I wanted to love this book. However I just couldn't do it. If the goal was to make me dislike the main character so much I would be indifferent to her fate, mission accomplished. I would be interested to read a biography of the Queen of Scots just to see if she was truly this unlikeable. The book was well written as usual. I found the secondary characters of the Talbots a great deal more sympathetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 12/28/2013

    " Most of you know I almost always enjoy Philippa Gregory books. I was excited to find this one at the library because I had not read it yet! Sadly, I was disappointed at how this book unfolded. The book is about Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth, Queen of England and about the struggle of power and hatred for each other. I usually can't put Gregory's books down, but as I read I couldn't wait for it to end. The storyline seemed a little far-fetched even though some of it was true(it is history that Mary was beheaded by the Queen of England, I just felt the author read into some things that may or may not have happened. And there was really no big climax to the book! I won't read it again and don't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanie | 12/23/2013

    " More Gregory! Trashy fun as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tahara Mattis | 12/21/2013

    " I felt the story went round and round in circles, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Morgan | 12/16/2013

    " The writing style was not as good as "The Other Boleyn Girl". A disappointing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha | 11/22/2013

    " I didn't much care for this when I read it, so don't ask me why I also chose to listen to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maritza | 8/25/2013

    " i love her books but this was not one of her best. but still worth a read if you like historical fiction based on the tudors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Nevarez | 7/20/2013

    " It took a little while for me to get into it but it was good and totally kept my interest. I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed "The Other Boleyn Girl" but very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 7/18/2013

    " I have to say I like this book but not how philippa wrote queen Mary. She has admitted in the past to not like Mary as much Elizabeth. So I think her bias sort of trickled in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer) | 7/7/2013

    " Another great tale of Tudar times! I think Mary Queen of Scotts is an amazing figure in history, and I love her story. It is so sad she and Elizabeth could not have joined together. They would have been a force to reckon with! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bry Jensen | 6/10/2013

    " Definitely the most biased of Gregory's books. An okay read, but I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 4/30/2013

    " Not my most favorite of Phillipa Gregory, but still pretty good. She intro's a new style of writing that is VERY different than her usual style. I prefer the old style personally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kataklicik | 2/28/2013

    " Theme tends to be repetitive, but love the day-to-day living details thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 10/8/2012

    " I thought some of the parts narrated by Mary were silly. I love stuff about the Tudors but Hilary Mantel is way better. And I thought Philippa Gregory usually gave you a good sex scene or two? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/26/2012

    " i just couldn't get into this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude Grebeldinger | 7/7/2012

    " I enjoy the history that shapes her novels as much as the characters that come alive for the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Mcgee | 6/14/2012

    " I think this would have been better if it had been written from the perspective of just Bess and her husband or Bess and Mary. A good easy read though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 5/8/2012

    " I can't finish this one, it's just not like any other Philippa Gregory book I've ever read, super slow, no spice (or maybe I haven't gotten there yet) but I give up and surrender. LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Crisfulla | 8/15/2011

    " very good read. I am going to read Margaret George's version of Mary next when I feel like taking it on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Pittman | 7/3/2011

    " Not as sordid as other Boleyn Girl. Seems more researched. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/8/2011

    " Not as good as the other books, but still good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 5/1/2011

    " love philippa's books they are literary candy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 4/24/2011

    " I found this book pretty boring. The three characters kept repeating their same thoughts over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/21/2011

    " I really like her books. I already know the basic story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and I know what happened to her and yet I keep reading the book because I keep thinking she's going to be restored to her throne any time and part of me keeps thinking I remember it wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/1/2011

    " This was so hard to get through! Took my ages and I did not enjoy it that much. I LOVED The Other Boleyn Girl and expected the same quick absorption but there was less of a story here and it was very drawn out. I dot really recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 3/30/2011

    " I've never read a book where every chapter switches between 3 MC's & 1st POV. I knew what everyone was thinking & I'm not so sure I cared for that. However, I enjoy Ms. Gregory's style & ability to keep me turning pages. "

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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 Narrators

Bianca Amato, winner of ten Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.

Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City at the age of seven. She has acted in numerous films, TV series, and plays. She is married to the actor Patrick Wilson, with whom she has two sons. She lives in New Jersey.

Graeme Malcolm is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). His film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.