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The Virgin's Lover

The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 3
Written by: Philippa Gregory
Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
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From number-one New York Times best-selling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA Today) comes a riveting and scandalous love triangle between a young woman on the brink of greatness, a young man whose ambition far exceeds his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen, yet one woman hears the tidings with utter dread. She is Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, and she knows Elizabeth’s ambitious leap to the throne will draw her husband back to the center of the glamorous Tudor court, where he was born to be.

Elizabeth’s excited triumph is short-lived. She has inherited a bankrupt country where treason is rampant and foreign war a certainty. Her faithful advisors warn her that she will survive only if she marries a strong prince to govern the rebellious country, but the one man Elizabeth desires is her childhood friend, the ambitious Robert Dudley. As the young couple falls back in love, a question hangs in the air: Can he really set aside his wife and marry the queen? When Amy is found dead, Elizabeth and Dudley are suddenly plunged into a struggle for survival.

©2004 Philippa Gregory Limited (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Phillipa Gregory at her best

I am very fond of historical fiction and Gregory is one of my favourite authors. I felt this book is among her best as the story is told with an alternative explanation of events. It also expresses the point of view of a person history treats as a minor figure.

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  • Ronald P Carzoli Jr
  • 2019-07-03

Not my favorite

I am a big fan of Philippe Gregory‘s work. However, I enjoy the historical fiction and this was more of a love story with less history in it.

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  • SN
  • 2020-06-17

Distracting narrator

The narrator is extremely distracting and detracts from the story. She’s so quiet with non-dialogue that you frequently miss what she’s saying. Her inflections are also odd and don’t always match what’s going on.

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  • m.nguyen
  • 2020-06-15

Why doesn’t Bianca Amata narrate all of the books?

I like this narrators voice, but she basically whispered half of it so you could not hear unless you turned it up. So when the dialog was being read, it was too loud. And when the other text was read, it was barely audible.

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  • M. T. Thomas
  • 2020-05-28

Great Story, Poor Audio Quality

As usual, Philippa Gregory tells a great tale, but I almost returned the book because of the audio. in order to convey drama, the reader lowered her voice to the point where she was at times inaudible. I will avoid this reader but never this author.

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  • lanelle blailock
  • 2019-06-21

Loved

Philippe Gregory always has good books. Love to listen to any of them. She just gets better with each one.

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  • Ramona Bagley
  • 2019-06-13

really good

I really enjoy Learning history this way. I know there is some literary license but close enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-31

Disappointed

I usually love Philippa Gregory's books. This one, not so much. Needed more interaction between the queen and her supposed lover. Also not sure if it was written like this, but you're listening to a discussion between Elizabeth and someone and without any pause the next sentence is a conversation in a totally different scene, different characters. Constantly rewinding to figure out what happened and try and figure out who is now speaking. Almost finished and still waiting for the climax or a wow chapter.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2020-06-23

Not the best

Too much sex. I like historical novels without the sex. Queen Elizabeth is depicted as being a simpering, petty and foolish girl. I did not like that representation of her.

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  • Leah
  • 2020-06-09

Good plot but different style

I enjoyed the plot however it didn't feel like a usual Philippa Gregory book. Normally her books are written from the perspective of one character. The only other book in the series I know of so far where she wrote from more than one character is The Boleyn Inheritance. In that book it's clearer when it switched. It actually stated the change. This one was a little more difficult to follow. It would take me a moment to realize it had switched characters. It was a little distracting but I got used to it. Overall I'd listen to it again.

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  • abirsch
  • 2020-05-01

Eh. More of a slow love story (triangle)

Much, much less history and more love triangle. I feel the author cut HIS story short. He did go on to remarry, and the Queen did ban the 2nd wife from court... but that part was cut when the book ended so suddenly; just when it was getting good