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3.515 out of 53.515 out of 53.515 out of 53.515 out of 53.515 out of 5 3.52 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tudor Court Novels Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9780743546966
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In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. Elizabeth's excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is rampant and foreign war a certainty. Her only chance for survival is to marry, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the ambitious -- and married -- Robert Dudley. As the young couple falls in love, a question hangs in the air: can he really set aside his wife and marry the queen? Intelligent, romantic, and compelling, The Virgin's Lover is the story of a young woman on the brink of greatness. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jolly good fun.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “No lover of Elizabethan history should be without this novel, nor will any fan be disappointed with the meticulous research and marvelous portraits of Elizabeth, Dudley, and the court.” 

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Expertly crafted…readers addicted to Gregory's intelligent, well-researched tales…will be enthralled.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2017

    " I bounced back and forth between loving Elizabeth, hating her for her wrath, and feeling pity for our Virgin Queen. I love how this book describes a life our Queen could have struggled with. Really makes her come alive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lissette | 2/10/2014

    " I usually love her writing but I found this book almost disappointing. I wanted so much more about Elizabeth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Anderson | 2/8/2014

    " Maybe loved a little more even than the others...love, love, love Queen Elizabeth....what a woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mira | 2/7/2014

    " I believe this is the final book in the Tudor saga that started with the "Constant Princess" and ends with "The Virgin's Lover". Good book, but not as good as its predecessors. This one bored me a little. I felt the same way about the 'Constant Princess". The middle 3 I liked. Per Philippa Gregory style, great historical fiction with a theory on an unsolved mystery. I like the way she finds that one loose thread in history and just pulls until she gets her own reality. I enjoy her writing. But I am getting tired of the Tudors :D. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keziah Horne | 2/4/2014

    " Philippa Gregory brings the intrigue and scandal of Tudor Court to vivid life with authenticity and flair. Dialogue rings true and characters are historically convincing - a rare accomplishment in the period genre on both counts. The only bugbear I have with this book (and many others of Gregory's) is that although it is based on conjecture, I found myself treating the story as fact! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette | 2/3/2014

    " This book started out very slow. I kept putting it aside to read others. When I finally got into it about midway through, I couldn't put it down. It leaves some things to speculation which is a kind of fun thing for me and appropriate I believe since it is based on fact and nobody ever really knows what happens behind closed doors. Not my favorite Gregory novel but worthy in its own right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren V | 2/1/2014

    " This was entertaining, though it got old reading the same thing over and over- Elizabeth's fear of losing the throne followed by Robert Dudley stepping in and wooing here and then repeat for about 100 pages. Certainly not the best from the series, which I don't think are as good without the ever changing moods of King Henry, since this is past his time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/30/2014

    " I love the Tudors. They were all so evil and backstabbing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Forgotten Realms Queen | 1/22/2014

    " An interesting interpretation on the life and origin of the Virgin Queen. I enjoyed it despite the fact that the pacing was really slow. Aside from that it was quite injoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Greensmith | 1/18/2014

    " Gregory is always fun to read, though not very historically accurate--she changes history to suit her needs more than I care for, but she's an excellent story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn Morales | 1/1/2014

    " I read mixed reviews about the book, but I LOVED IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 12/16/2013

    " A great way to get a taste of Elizabethen history in a soap opera format. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 12/4/2013

    " You have to read The Queen's Fool to appreciate this one. Wish we knew more about Elizabeth -- she is a fascinating character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 10/30/2013

    " Another great work by Philippa Gregory. I am keen to read her other books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 7/9/2013

    " Listening to this. It was better than ok. Abridged edition, may have been better if I had heard the unabridged edition. Nevertheless, a good travel companion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 12/26/2012

    " I didn't like this one as much as I liked the other Philippa Gregory books I've read (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Queen's Fool, The Other Queen), but it was still a good/interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 9/21/2012

    " Very interesting read. Her take on the story of Elizabeth and her maybe lover is facinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissi (luckii00) | 7/28/2012

    " I found this book easier to read and quicker moving than some of Gregory's other books. I found it redundant in parts, and it seemed to be stalled on a single issue, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Melville | 7/16/2012

    " It was just ok. I loved some Of her other books but I really had to push to get through this one. There was no compelling character for me to hang on to. I guess it's ok if they are not all "good" but I need one to have a redeemable quality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 5/21/2012

    " I found it very disappointing. The Elizabeth portrayed in this book seems to be weak and indecisive. She is bullied by the ambitious men in her life. In the end she will not allow herself be with the man she loves because it would be scandals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeria | 12/5/2011

    " Just about as good as (but not quite) The Other Boelyn Girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhodora | 10/18/2011

    " Robert Dudley's ambition is to become the King of England. The first part of the book dragged but the second half was excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 8/29/2011

    " A nice read for fans of historical romance, good while sitting before the fire with a cup of tea. Who really did kill Amy? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geri | 7/9/2011

    " I have enjoyed Philippa Gregory's other novels but did not really care for this one. I could not find anything likable about any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jmalek23 | 5/20/2011

    " The Tudors spin so many webs. Another good book by Phillippa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/13/2011

    " Some nice writing and history here but the sex was too raunchy for my taste. The language was overly colorful too. This is fiction!!! You don't have to be that realistic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/9/2011

    " Not nearly as good as the Boleyn books. Maybe Elizabeth I just wasn't as interesting? "

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

    " I loved this one as much as all of her other ones!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jmalek23 | 5/1/2011

    " Another great read from Philippa. A very easy way to learn history.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/28/2011

    " After being a bit disappointed in the Constant Princess, this book definitely redeemed her. Kudos to a great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/5/2011

    " This is probably my least favorite in the series. It just didn't have the spark that the previous books had. Overall still wonderfully written. The ending also left something to be desired but I guess you can't really choose your ending with historical fiction like this can you?! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittaney | 4/4/2011

    " Being a big fan of Queen Elizabeth this book was a dream come true. Philippa Gregory does an amazing job of breathing life into a character long since past. This was another book I couldn't put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priya | 4/4/2011

    " Some of the quotes were definitely reminiscent of my life "

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

    " Eh. Her other books were better. This book just made me angry. "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally 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

Graeme Malcolm has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television credits include Law & Order, Against the Law, Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light. He has narrated hundreds of audiobooks.