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The Other Queen

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Graeme Malcolm, Bianca Amato, Dagmara Dominczyk

6 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

September 2008

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Two women competing for a man's heart
Two queens fighting to the death for dominance
The untold story of Mary Queen of Scots

New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the 'guest' of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

The newly married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailors will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeded in seducing the Earl, or if the great spy master William Cecil linked them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.

Heralded as 'the queen of royal fiction' by USA Today, Philippa Gregory uses new research and her passion for historical accuracy to place a well-known heroine in a completely new story full of suspense, passion, and political intrigue. The Other Queen is the result of her determination to present a story worthy of this extraordinary heroine.

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  • nab6215

    "The Other Queen" I listened to was an abridgment, which may not always give you a true view of the story. With this in mind, I thought Mary Queen of Scots was not right in the head. I realize that she was grabbing at opportunities but she did not look at her circumstances beforehand. She just went with the old system, not recognizing the new. This is a problem many of us have seen for the last 100 years. The rules/technology has changed so fast we cannot keep pace. Living in the past can kill us as it did Queen Mary.

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  • Kelli

    I enjoy historical fiction and found this story engaging from the moment I stuck in the first CD. I've read quite a bit about Mary Queen of Scots, but it was a long time ago so I am wondering just how true to history this was. Regardless, I would recommend this. They used a few different male and female narrators and that also made the story interesting to listen to.

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  • Susan

    Loved this book. The three different readers added to the dramatic effect. Wish it wasn't abridged!!!

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  • Amy

    I enjoyed the narration of this book more than anything. I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and have read most of her books, but I didn't care for the ending on this one so much. I felt that the story was focused of course on Queen Mary, but in the end it totally turned and focused on Bess Talbot instead. Overall, I enjoyed it!

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