Alison Weir does a fine job of creating and interweaving her multiple narrators, Lady Jane Grey and the various persons who influenced the direction of her life, including her parents, Katharine Parr, and Mary Tudor. Her Jane is a strong, intelligent young woman, and one can only wonder what might have been had she retained the crown and overthrown the influence of her Dudley inlaws. Weir creates a detailed portrait of aristocratic childhood in the sixteenth century. A captivating read, and the narrator is excellent as well.
I hated for it to end as I was completely involved in the imagery of the time and the lives that inhabited it. And, I knew what was coming so dreaded hearing it. I can't say how accurate a portrayal of Lady Jane's life it was as I've never read any other history about her but it felt plausible.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am a lover of good historical fiction and this fit the bill. I found the diary format very effective, and the use of different narrators for the characters authoring the diary entries was brilliant. I loved the voices of all the narrators and felt they expertly captured the emotions and spirit of their individual characters.
The story begins time-wise near the chronological end of the book, therefore about 90 percent of the book is explaining how the characters got to that point. I was worried about this in the beginning, since the suspense of the book's ending is gone and the book will fail miserably if the story isn't engaging. However I was so engulfed in the story, I found myself forgetting I already knew the story's outcome. I also became so attached to the characters that I was hoping for an unrealistic plot twist at the end to change that outcome.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or simply a well executed audiobook.
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I love novels about this period and have persued them all from authors Plaidy to Gregory. This story of Jane Gray was well researched and written and filled in some blanks on the history and personalities of the era. Follow it with "The Virgin Queen's Daughter" for continuity
This book is very well written and the readers were excellent. I was sorry when it ended.
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This book tells the sad -- tragic, even -- story of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for about a millisecond (nine days, actually). Weir does a wonderful job of giving us a fascinating look into the life of this intelligent and educated girl who wound up being a pawn of power-hungry, scheming people, in so many ways. In one sense, the story is almost unbelievable, but it really took place.
I enjoyed the performance greatly -- the only drawback is that with different voices, I sometimes felt momentarily confused about whom I was listening to. The transitions are marked by what could be openings of letters, as in an epistolary novel: "Lady Jane Grey, Windsor Castle, June 1542," but because I listen while driving, from time to time I missed one of those announcements and had to spend a while figuring out who the speaker was (if only the iPod allowed you to back up a little bit!!). But that's a relatively small matter, and after a while I could figure out who it was by listening to the speaker's voice -- they were generally pretty distinctive.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical novels, but even if you are not one of that ilk, give it a listen anyway. It's a historical story that's so suspenseful and tense, you'll enjoy it no matter what kind of book you like.
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If you are into Tudor's history than this is the book for you. I couldn' t put my Ipod down... the story is well developed and you can easily identify with the characters. Narration is good, some of the narration is more like a "read", rather than a "performance", but still good. Did not regret the credit!!!
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I felt every emotion possible listening to this book. I was totally drawn in to this story and character. I loved the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was great, and I just couldn't put it down. A great look into a time that we cannot imagine; talk about women's rights! I highly recommend this book, great historical fiction.
I very much enjoyed this story. I've always been sympathetic towards the Lady Jane. Weir tells the story through the voices of each player convincingly with the possible exception of Jane as a small child, who speaks with wisdom beyond her years. This shouldn't put you off from the book, however, as it is such a small section and really innocuous. The story itself is a complicated one and the telling from each point of view gives it a lucidity I've not encountered in other tellings.