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.
Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No
This book was an excellent listen. The narrators are all my favorites that bring this tragic story to life. I found it amazing that she was such an intellectual at a very young age. The story moves smoothly and is engaging. I highly recommend it. Any historical fiction that inspires one to read more non-fiction about the era is worth my time - this did.
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...
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys historical fiction. Alison Weir does an excellent job with the research (as usual) and through her mastery of the facts of life during this period manages to bring the characters to life.
The author manages to give us the fact while adding the slightest bit of the "bodice ripping factor" for good measure.
I enjoy Bianca Amato's performances and she does not disappoint here.
Lady Jane remains a memorable character in fact as well as in fiction.
This is historical fiction at its highest caliber.
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.