A few parts where the story dragged a bit with characters seeming to repeat themselves but overall it is great! LOVED listening to the three narrators!!! Each was perfect!!
Read in November 2011 and April, 2013
Read by Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, and Charlotte Parry (5 of 5 stars based on story and audiobook quality). My first Phillipa Gregory book, won't be my last. I've become fascinated with Anne of Cleves over the past few years, and this book delivers her story in spades. The three readers---reading the viewpoints of Anne, Catherine Howard, and Jane Boleyn [Lady Rochford]---were FABULOUS, especially Charlotte Parry as Catherine.
On re-listening to this one, I found it quite repetitious in some of the narrative. So I'm downgrading it slightly to a 4.25. Still excellent overall.
The audio addition of the Boleyn Inheritance is the only way to read this book. To have three different performers read the three different characters was amazing. It was more like watching tv then listening to a book. They each did an excellent job with their character and had me laughing at loud at times with their spot on portrayals.
I have enjoyed most of Gregory's books, but this one kind of stands apart from the others as unique.
I have listened to Davina and Bianca before and enjoy their voices and character interpretations.
I was laughing all the time. So fun.
I enjoyed the unexpected view points present by Anne of Cleves. I enjoyed the development of her far beyond what I have read about her to date. She is a mystery and Greggory gave her a feeling of realness not achieved by the sparse facts available.
In truth, Katherine is annoying. I was hoping I would be given some sort of insight that could endure her to me.
I will listen to the book again, in turn.
Innocent traitor...I love that the story is told from the point of view of the three different women.
The narration is superb. This is my first audiobook and I was not disappointed!
After reading the Other Boleyn Girl, I read this one. Interesting to see the flip side of Jane and really fell in love with Anne - who I believe ended up the best off. Catherine Howard as a character/individual really grated on my nerves but knowing that is probably how she was I am surprised more people didn't call out her flippant behavior.
I have only recently become interested in the English royals and the history behind them. This book delivered an in depth look at not just one of the biggest players in the story but three. It was well developed, well narrated and undoubtedly one of the best listens I've ever purchased!
audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.
Everything about this book is wonderful. It tells the story life after Anne Boleyn. Told by different characters who were all effected by the death of Anne Boleyn indirectly or directly.
It turns out to be a novel about the last 3 of Henry's wives. It also tells the story of George Boleyn's wife, Jane Boleyn, who testified and lied before the counsel at Anne's trial. Jane Boleyn gave the damning evidence that got Anne and George killed, as well as 4 other innocent men. She was allowed to inherit what was left of the "Boleyn Inheritance". But as we see, many other women suffer the burden of the Boleyn Inheritance, as well.
My favorite thing about the book is the outrageous description of Henry's transformation as he quickly aged into an obese, impotent, tyrannical old man. He was disgusting, with rotting teeth and an open wound so terribly smelly that people gagged in his presence.
The story is better than the The Other Boleyn Girl, IMO, as it has much more historic, accuracy. This book was an incredibly clever idea and I can only praise Gregory for her work on this novel.
The narration is absolutely AMAZING!!!
Don't hesitate to read this thrilling book.
This is my wonderful sons account that he has allowed me to have. Due to a neuromuscular disorder, reading is difficult. So thankful 4 this.
I actually really enjoyed the three different narrators. I had never listened to a book with more than one and wasnt sure how well it would play out, but it was marvelous!!!!
Bianca Amato is Anne of Cleves, Queen 3. She did a great job depicting a woman with a strict upbringing trying to get through facing a foreign, unknown, court without any familiarity of the language or their culture. She shows strength and fear, and is yet regal and holds her head high. I found myself doing so as well.
Charlotte Parry... wow. Her depiction of Katherine Howard, the young 4th Queen, really gives a clear visual of what this silly teenager who is driven by gowns, dancing, and flirting, had and just how pettily she lost it. Charlotte really portrayed the image precisely!
Davina Porter expresses the tight, bitter tones of Jane Boleyn, sister in law of Ann Boleyn. You want to dislike her, but find yourself feeling sorry for her. The seemingly evil choices shes made, and will continue to make, are not necessarily because she is evil, but more a product of her circumstances. She isnt exactly entirely a victim though, the greedy thing, and her fate....? Maybe one reaps what one sows.
Well well done by all three women!!
I liked that it was a story of two of the Queens that we really know little about. They played a huge part in that period of history, and yet their stories aren't as spectacular as some of the others, nor as documented, so not much is said about them.
Anne of Cleves. She was just lovely. Much is unknown about her and her time as queen so it was nice to get to spend some time "getting to know" her. She is portrayed as the King having thought she was ugly and foul smelling. I appreciated her point of view, and believe he really just said that about her to try to blame her for his inabilities.
Just a great addition from a great author. Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir are two wonderful historical authors. Obviously the books are written purely as fiction, but they write pretty close to history. A lot of the history from that time is speculated, so they do their best to give us an accurate, but entertaining, picture.In this particular book the abuse from Anne of Cleves mother was pribably made up. Its said that Anne was actually close with her. Might have been abuse there with her brother though I suppose. Also, Jane Boleyn didnt have a son. It was speculated for a while that she may have had one, but it was proven otherwise. Still, those two little things didn't really affect the story too much.