I really enjoy a nice historical fiction that entices me to start “google-ing” for more information. This author did a great job of presenting the dry historical facts in an entertaining and intriguing manner which made the motivations, from Henry VIII’s perspective, seem plausible; particularly since she did not attempt to absolve him of all guilt.
The narrator was pretty good as a “strait narrator.” He was not what I would call a “voice actor,” though. To be fair, however, this book did not lend itself to a multi-rolled vocal performance.
I was leery about this one at first but was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy this type of book when it's a story and not just a dry, text book sort of thing. This one really delivlers!
Since this is an Autobiography being narrated to you by the actual king himself it is the perfect setting for the audiobook format. However even though David Chase is an excellent reader, he was a miscast for this particular story.
His voice is perfect for inserted comments of the aged Will Sommers, and other characters. However due to the raspy, 10 cigarettes a day quality his particular voice does not sound as if the King is reading his own biography, and thus dampens the experience somewhat, but not enough to make it unenjoyable.
The story is superb and engaging, and raspy voice aside David Chase is a good narrator and so I would definitely recommend this as an audio book that will bring you many entertaining hours.
This has been one the greatest books I have ever read! The audio book is spectacular! Henry the 8th is a larger then life historical person, and this is a perfect audiobook! I highly recommend it to anyone!
I'm a Henry VIII fan. I watched every episode of The Tudors: The Complete Series, and numerous movies about him. I've also read books, like The Lady in the Tower: The Wives of Henry VIII, Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard and a few others that feature him. They all give a different side of him, but this was the best book if you want to read about Henry.
Why? Because it's as if Henry wrote it himself. The other books were written from the outside looking in. You can only get their opinion of this monarch, but George, writing an "autobiography" was able to capture what he was probably like and really thought. One review said she failed at this, but Henry wouldn't have seen himself as wrong, scary, or anything, but the awesome man he thought he was. He wasn't to be crossed and in every way George achieves this outlook.
It's a huge book. It covers from the time he was about 3 or so to his death. You'll read about all 6 wives, and none are treated like footnotes in this book. They're all given the respect and treatment they deserve. You're treated to snippets from his fool, Will Somers. Not as funny as I thought they'd be, but very insightful. Totally worth reading and not skipping over. They become fewer as the book goes on, which I didn't wish they did. There were some parts I'd like to have had him expound on.
If you're a fan of Henry this has to be in your library.
I was hesitant to get into this book- one of the longest audios I've experienced (War and Peace being another long audio that I enjoyed) and I was very pleased with the experience. The author was able to hold my interest the entire time! A bit hesitant at first to begin such a long audio, I was sorry when it was ending!
This book is a fine introduction to the life of the most overexposed and misunderstood character in the English-speaking world. Endlessly entertaining but, whenever possible, following the historical record. That's not to say it doesn't take some dramatic liberties. I enjoyed the writing and over-the-top narration very much.
I loved this! The narrator was wonderful, the author equally as wonderful and Henry the VIII "human". I recommend all to read or listen.
I have read quite a bit about Henry VIII and his various wives and had enjoyed this title in book form. When I needed a good, long book to listen to on my iPod I bought this one and was immediately engrossed. Henry tells his own story (with commentary by his fool Wil Somers) and it is a story full of excess, romance, murder, intrigue and behind the scenes plots and counter plots. Quite thrilling! Even for such a long story, by the time I go to the end I still wanted more.
David Case has an excellent voice and paces his reading perfectly. I highly recommend this audio book as it is well worth the 2 credits.
This is the second Margaret George novel I've listened to and I'm hooked. The story of Henry the 8th was fascinating. It was really interesting to see how he progressed from one wife to the next. George even managed to make King Henry a sympathetic character, which I did not expect. I highly recommend this book for both the quality of the story and the excellent narration.