A wonderful fictional account of the short and tragic life of Lady Jane Grey. A young girl who was caught up in the power hungry Protestant faction of the Tudor court, desperate to keep the fanatical Catholic Mary Tudor away from the throne. I had known little about Lady Jane Grey's very brief reign as Queen of England and found the book sparked my interest to do the research to learn more.
The story is told through the points of view of many characters that keeps it interesting. Great read
I wouldn't listen to Innocent Traitor again because I know that Lady Jane Grey is beheaded. It was agony listening to how she was used and how accepting she was of her fate. In fact, before I finished listening, I had to Google information about her and her family. I knew the ending of the story, but had to listen to how and why she had to suffer.
I liked all of the story. I'm especially interested in historical fiction right now. These novels bring history alive. The characters were real people. I know the author gives them dialogue based on research which is a gift.
The narrators bring life to the characters. I especially liked the variety of narrators in The Innocent Traitor and The Help. I couldn't have imagined the dialects and voices of any of these characters being an American from Northern California.
Lady Jane Grey was the most memorable character. Her point of view revealed her inability to save herself - from her parents, her husband, and finally from her queen. I liked her spirit - she was bright, studious, and pious, but also rebellious which wasn't accepted behavior for a woman. She did make the mistake of accepting her place as queen and thinking she was able to be a queen, even for a short while, which led to her downfall.
I have a two hour commute five days a week. What a gift it is to have someone read a book to me. Thank you - Audible. Audible hopes I've enjoyed this book - well, I have.
Yes. It was great to see history from different view. So little is written on the Lady Jane Grey that to see history from her side was very refreshing. I also enjoyed the different voices in the reading of the book.
My favorite characters were the Lady Jane and her mother.
The title is perfect.
Yes, for those who were wondering what could have been going through Lady Jane's head while she still had it, it is a very sensitive, insightful portrayal.
From a Southerner, reared in suburban Charlotte, I have to force my brain to not hear written characters speak in a Southern American accent, so it flows much better to hear the characters in a British accent. (Of course, public-school British came about some three centuries after the story takes place, but you get my drift.)
"OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! SAID THE QUEEN OF BLOODY HEARTS"sung to the tune of "Put your Head on my Shoulder"
I like the way the story was told in chronological order from each charicter's perspective.
The readers bring the story to life with emotion, you truly feel the words they are saying.
Lady Jane Grey was by far my favorite character because of how she dealt with events in her life with courage and intelligence.
I'd recommend this audiobook. It is enjoyable and entertaining.
Any by Allison Weir or Phillipa Gregory. They are all based on actual people from English history.
The narrators used inflection and emotion to tell the stor.
This is a great way to understand the history of our society better. The characters come to life and you realize how much things have changed but also, how much people haven' t changed. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
I listened to this book about 4 years ago, and it still remains with me. It is historical fiction at it's best. Yes, the story needed some time to warm up- but almost every good book does- and the begining made me curious enough to hear more. The carichtors are not perfect, and that is what makes this book even better. The author remains loyal to historical facts, and succeeds in creating a great novel with a subcontext. I highly recommend it.
I loved that I honestly felt like I got to know Jane Grey. Her absolutely resolve to stay true to herself, regardless of what that meant for her life on earth. The story is so told so wonderfully in different views of the participants involved. You hate her parents, you root for her at the end, even though you know the outcome of her life. You keep thinking things are actually going to go her way and almost seems shocking to approach the final outcome. I hated the manipulating of the politics involved and she was just caught in the middle of others' ambitions. I would almost be yelling at the people who wronged her, wanting to physically punch them for what they did to her.
I liked the different perspectives of the characters. That's how life truly is. People are thinking they are doing the right thing with little or no conscience care for how it may affect someone else.
The narrators are amazing.
I like the title, it is totally fits her life.
I couldn’t stop listening.. and when i wasn’t listening I was thinking about it. I really was intrigued with this little lady Jane. It kept blowing me away to realize how young she was, and how tragic her short life was.
This isn’t the usual mystery that I read, but I think I will look for more
I would have suggested that she have more water handy.. some of her throat gurglings.. were a little distracting.