The Lion and the Rose

  • by Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • 18 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…
As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle. In need of trusted allies, Giulia turns to her sharp-tongued bodyguard, Leonello, and her fiery cook and confidante, Carmelina.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, Giulia, Leonello, and Carmelina must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power. But as the shadows of murder and corruption rise through the Vatican, they must learn who to trust when every face wears a mask….


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Poorly written.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Mills & Boone readers.

What was most disappointing about Kate Quinn’s story?

What could have been a thrilling story in an era rich with intrigue and drama ended up being a clicheed romance.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Narrator(s) were not at all bad.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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- Shelley Dawson


Would you listen to The Lion and the Rose again? Why?

I would and will!! It's just the most lovely story ever. I am obsessed with The Borgias after watching the TV series but this goes off at a tangent and is a great story in it's own right - the Borgia characters are second to the book's three lead characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The three leads were equally charismatic - loved all three the same.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As I said in my review of the previous book The Serpent and the Pearl: Borgias, Book 1 - the narrators sound exactly as you imagine the characters to be - I watched a few episodes of the Borgias this week again and you just think that Neil Jordan should have written the character of Leonello into the series - but Ronan Vibert who reads Leonello in this version does make an amazing Lord Giovanni Sforza in the series!!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes if I could have I would have - I listened to it way into the night and missed huge chunks because of that when I fell asleep - oh damn will just have to listen to it again soon (YAY!!!)

Any additional comments?

This and Kate Quinn's The Serpent and the Pearl were the first two books I bought on Audible and it's spoilt me a little bit. As I enjoyed them so much I really am not sure how I am going to top them but going to try with Game Of Thrones all a million hours of it!!

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- Able Marle Devon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio