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! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
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 book was stronger than some of Gregory's works, like The Virgin's Lover, but not as good as The Other Boleyn Girl, The Constant Princess, The Lady of the Rivers, etc.
Unfortunately in this book, like The Virgin's Lover, we get a taste of Gregory's tendency to belabor a point over and over and over again. (There are SO many references to someone's "Boleyn inheritance" or being married to someone "old enough to be her father.") Gregory is stronger in books that cover a longer period of time. For example, The Other Boleyn Girl spans many years, and she has a lot of historical ground to cover, so we don't get as many repetitive and occasionally whiny rants that you see in her books that cover a shorter time frame. This book covers only about 2 years, so we get more long-winded inner monologues.
With that being said, I love her efforts to add color to some of the historical details about Henry VIII's 4th and 5th wives. She paints a wonderful picture of Anne of Cleves and gives the reader a reason to consider her in a different light, rather than accepting the common idea that she was the ugly wife Henry divorced. Gregory does portray Katherine Howard as fairly stupid, but we see a more sympathetic account for why she acted as she did.
If you want a interesting perspective on Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, this is a good choice for you. The performances are top notch. However, if you are a Gregory fan looking for one of her better works, this one may not be it.
RIDICULOUS. If you have any knowledge of Tudor history, this story will frustrate you. Jane Boleyn (Lady Rochford) keeps waxing poetic about her undying love for her "beloved" huuuusssband George Boleyn and her dearly beheaded Anne Boelyn, every five minutes. It's absurd, forced, unconvincing, and wildly annoying. Also, she's supposed to be a 30-year old woman but the narrator sounds like a 57 year old woman. WHY???? That vexed me to no end. Catherine Howard's narration was excellent and the writing for her part was terrific. Anne of Cleves' part was nicely written and narrated.
I just love the way Ms. Gregory's writes in first person accounts with a variety of characters and shows how their lives and deaths intertwine, or could have. I hate coming to the end of her books, I almost miss the characters and always want more.
Thank you, Ms. Gregory for so many hours of entrainment! Bravo!
I am hooked on the Tudor Court Series, this book left my mouth hung wide open at least half the time. The treachery of the court and dehumanizing of the suspects by them made me sick to my stomach at times and left me crying and dizzy at others, it is a must read!