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.
There are a lot of listeners who really love this book, but for me, not so much.
Alison Weir is a brilliant historian. I advise sticking to her non-fiction.
If you are familiar with the history of Lady Jane, you may find that this novelization gives no new insights into the major players. I found it very predictable.
Overall, the narration is solid. I had no trouble distinguishing the voices of the various characters. But I got very tired of hearing "Tu-tor" when my ears expected "Tu-dor"...that flaw pulled me out of the story every time...and considering the setting, that was VERY often.
Overall, good "brain-off" listening if you enjoy historical fiction set in this era.
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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 was one that made me think afterwards. I shut off the iphone, and sat quiet for awhile in the kitchen.
Recommended... I listened to the audio in the car and finished at home carrying around the book on MP3. I love this time period, love the way it is done in 1st person, (usually don't like 1st), and really love how it meant something to me.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Innocent Traitor" I've read 5 or 6 books during the time of Henry VIII and it amazes me how rich that time was in scheming, back-stabbing characters that were crazed for the crown. This book does not fail to disappoint in telling the tale of a 16 year-old intelligent girl who was forced into many unthinkable situations by power-hungry parents and relatives. The narratives were incredible at capturing the character's inner-most thoughts and read with perfect conviction. I highly recommend this to any historical fiction fan.
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I couldn't stop listening to it This was one of the best audible books I have had the pleasure of listening to. I look forward to more of Alison Weir's books.
The only "problem" I had with this audiobook was an unwillingness to turn it off. Allison Weir does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and leaves you wanting the story to go one for the next hundred years or so...
I found the book completely absorbing. Lady Jane’s troubles as a teenager were heartbreaking. Her parents were so power-hungry. I liked the way that the author let us know what the feelings were of the other individuals in Lady Jane’s life. Even though I knew that Lady Jane would be beheaded, I still couldn’t help but hope that Queen Mary would change her mind about the death penalty.
I loved listening to the multiple narrators, especially Davina Porter (who narrated the Diana Gabaldon “Outlander” series). I also enjoyed the historical details in the book.
I highly recommend this historical fiction novel debut by Alison Weir. It is excellent!
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I give kudos to the historically accuracy, but if you are going to draumatize an historical event(s) don't shy away from a actual drauma.
Very little back story was added and most seemed to be fleshed out of commonly believed rumors and suppositions. Great, but why so flat?
All and all just another telling of the martyr Jane's sad rise and fall. If you have never read a history book on her, this is pretty close and a little less dry.
One of the narrators, the one that is the voice of Lady Jane Grey, has the most annoying habit of swallowing (or licking the back of her mouth) during her reading. It sounds like she has a very dry throat and needs a glass of water pronto. I could barely get through it because of this.