The book was ok in terms of plot, character development, etc., but I found it very odd that the author chose to present it as a number of first person narrations. What are we supposed to think these are? They are not letters or diary entries. If we are supposed to think the all-seeing author is putting us inside the heads of these people as they muse, it strains credulity to think that anyone muses so articulately, whether a child, a nurse maid, an executioner or a queen. I don't recall ever reading a book like this and I think it greatly distracts from the overall work.
Afraid to as I hated the rape scene---much too graphic---I have an imagination and I don't need a detailed description to get the pain of the act.
Overall the story is excellent---really giving the author's insight into the feelings of the real people involved. Absolutely enjoyed that part.
Real life--loved the dramatization with different narrators.
Yes---no idea---but I would never watch it if they left graphic sex scenes in like the book did.
Don't feel I can recommend it or listen to other of the authors books because I am totally offended by the graphic scene. Don't understand why that had to be in there.
I love books specially about the Tudor Family
The readers made the characters come to life.
the last chapter...very sad and it will haunt me.
yes loved it.
both at the appropriate times.
Excellentlyl written and narrated. This fictional historic work gifts you with becoming a part of each character and understanding of the power and dysfunction of the British monarchy. Prompted me to do more research after reading this book--Jane then NIne Day Queen versus "Bloody" Queen Mary.
I will probably listen to this book again next summer. It is not only enjoyable and the details are fascinating, but it also gives a sense of life from a very different view.
When Lady Jane realizes she is queen and has the power to rule over her husband's actions, it is thrilling to see the light dawning. That is surely the moment for which many women of that day would envy a queen, more than al the luxuries and riches of nobility..
Lady Jane was the most developed character and her strong personality and intelligent grasp of events taking place around her and to her was a pleasure throughout the book.
Lady Jane was who I remember most clearly although her mother and nurse are close seconds. The relationship between the three was timeless and very touching as well as causing incredulity at the plight of children in those times.
This book is a great read as well as being filled with a glimpse into another world. Anyone who likes historical fiction would most likely enjoy this book. The reader is fantastic and makes it a complete winner. I couldn't stop listening.
I love reading Alison Weir's books because she takes these real-life people from history and makes them so much more than just a page in a history book. Even though I knew how this story would end I couldn't stop listening.
From weir NOT narrators.
The Lady Jane Grey sounded like she had gum or something in her mouth, not impressed at all.
The end I didn't need such great detail I actually can't stop thinking about it.
The amazing resilience of Lady Jane. She was wise beyond her years.
When Lady Jane is crowned as queen and she finally finds her voice
Wonderful narrators. I was familiar with Davina Porter from "The Outlander " series, and was one of the reasons I chose this book. They were all perfect. The narrators really brought the story to life. I will look for these narrators when choosing future books.
Her mother! She is really a complicated woman.
This is a really sad story. I listened to "The Virgin Queen" and "The Boleyn Inheiritance" and loved those stories. I chose this book because Allison Weir is known as a true historian and I thought she would write a book that was a more realistic history. She did and I think I like the fantasy of P. Gregory better. ;)
This is one of the best historical fiction books I have read. The author did a wonderful job of making me feel as if these were true memoirs of the events that unfolded so many years ago. I find the story of Lady Jane a truly tragic and fasinating part of England's history. This book really draws you back in time and brings that story to life.