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Constant Princess

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Written By: Philippa Gregory

Narrated By: Jill Tanner

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2011

Duration: 18 hours 56 minutes

Summary:

"I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England."

Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess that all England loved. First married to Henry VIII's older brother, Arthur, Katherine's passion turns their arranged marriage into a love match; but when Arthur dies, the merciless English court and her ambitious parents -- the crusading King and Queen of Spain -- have to find a new role for the widow. Ultimately, it is Katherine herself who takes control of her own life by telling the most audacious lie in English history, leading her to the very pinnacle of power in England.

Set in the rich beauty of Moorish Spain and the glamour of the Tudor court, The Constant Princess presents a woman whose constancy helps her endure betrayal, poverty, and despair, until the inevitable moment when she steps into the role she has prepared for all her life: Henry VIII's Queen, Regent, and commander of the English army in their greatest victory against Scotland.

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  • Anonymous

    I love Phillipa Gregory's books, but don't care for the Unabridged audio versions of them'

  • Anonymous

    I rated this a 2 simply because the abridged version had too many holes and ended extremely abruptly after having skipped over 30+ years without explaining what had happened during that time! I'm sure the full novel is much better.

  • Sharon S

    as always a well told story encompassing true life events. Philippa Gregory may take some liberties but it always adds to the story. I only wish I had heard the unabridged version as there were a few unanswered questions. The ending was a bit of a let down but then again I'm sure Catalina felt the same.

  • Anonymous

    I love her books! I've read most of them -this was the first one I listened to and enjoyed it.

  • Rachel Secore

    I really enjoyed listening to this book, but would have liked to have listed to the unabridged version. Excellent, but almost too abridged.

  • Anonymous

    This audiobook was fine until it came to the end. The abridging all of a sudden took the reader/listener through a huge time lapse and ended with Catherine facing judgement. It felt completely disjointed. If you don't mind having to go somewhere else to find out what happened in between, the book is enjoyable. Philippa Gregory is an excellent writer. The person who abridged the book ought to be fired...

  • Kathleen Jackson

    Dry, slow, and dull. This book was hardly worth listening to.

  • Anonymous

    This book could have been really good, and I'm sure it is in the unabridged version. The abridged version is too choppy.

  • Elly

    The book itself is probably a decent historical novel. The audio version, however, was not pleasant to listen to. When the story is told in Katharine's point of view, the reader does a fine job (although she gives Katharine a strong British accent which seems inappropriate for a Spanish princess). But it is at the narrative parts where the narrator's interpretive gifts desert her. She takes on a low, falling tone that ends on the same pitch at every phrase. Trying to sound dramatic, she ends up being repetitive, irritating, and ridiculous.

  • Irene Blomgren

    I love Phillipa Gregory's Historical novels. I thought this one was equal to her others and that the reader was exceptional. I strongly recommend it and hope more of her work becomes available to us via CDs.