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Other Boleyn Girl

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Written By: Philippa Gregory

Narrated By: Susan Lyons

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2011

Duration: 24 hours 0 minutes


When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn. As Mary watches Anne manipulate her rise to the throne, Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.

A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition, lust, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very center of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.


  • Heather T

    This was a great book, lots of details and the story kept me interested from start to finish. Anyone who enjoys reading these period storys will live this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rebecca hamlin

    Very interesting and fun to listen to. The narrator is great. I listened to all 21 hours in less than a week!

  • Kristin Barron

    Wonderful work of historical fiction. Extremely entertaining, but I wish it were the unabridged version!

  • Brad

    My wife read this book before I rented it and loved it. I thought maybe it was a "girl book" that I should not bother with but tried it out anyway. I actually loved it. I don't know how much of Gregory's interpretation of the events of that era are true, but her work is well written and very entertaining. Narrator was great.

  • Miss Seaweed

    Another awesome historical fiction work by Philippa Gregory. Love the way she writes and the amount of history the books convey. But I do not care for these abridged versions. You miss so much detail and the story is over too quickly!

  • Kristine

    The Other Bolyn Girl was a based on a factual story that I was not aware of. The book inspired me to read the actual history. It is shocking to think that in the time of the story that girls were not only not important as people but used as mere pawns for political gain. As for Mary's love interest, the love at first sight and rejection/submission was cheesy. I wish the author would not fall back to stereotypes but develop that story with a more realistic texture. I like historical fiction that reads like reality not a romance.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful story with a great reader! I looked forward to my hour commute.

  • Sillee in SD

    Enjoyable book for the commute. Pleasant voice, intriguing plot, very believable.

  • Anonymous

    This novel is a gift. I still miss the Boleyns and the other members of Henry's court, weeks after finishing the novel. There is a richness to everything about the book. I cannot imagine it as being on a page. I felt as if the actress who reads the novel is Mary Boleyn and I rooted for her as she tried to save herself and her children.

  • Billie

    I have actually read this book and own the movie. The book is wonderful and the audio version extremely well done, but you definitely loose something in the abridging. Actually you loose a lot. I'm not sure if only an abridged version is available or if that is just what simplyaudiobooks chose to allow us, but if you love this subject (Henry VIII), you really should actually read the book.This version is well done and quick to get through and I do recommend it if you don't need all of the details.

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