The Red Queen

Philippa Gregory, Author, Bianca Amato, Read by
Philippa Gregory, read by Bianca Amato, Simon and Schuster Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 13 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-0488-8
Reviewed on: 10/25/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
While Gregory's The White Queen told a story of the War of the Roses from the viewpoint of the House of York, her latest takes the perspective from the House of Lancaster, where Margaret Beaufort, a descendant of King Edward III, accepts her duty to marry whoever the current king chooses, bear a male child, a potential heir to the throne, and to mastermind his path to power. Bianca Amato reads with quiet earnestness and carries Margaret from the fantasies of childhood to becoming a mature woman of experience and arrogance. As in her reading of The White Queen, Amato refrains from dramatic extremes or flourishes in favor of a spare, serene, and engrossing narration. A Touchstone hardcover (Reviews, May 3). (Aug.)
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