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!
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.
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 discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
This is a story about three lesser known women in the Tudor saga, who have their lives affected by Henry VIII in way no one could expect. Anne of Cleeves, an intelligent woman brought to England to be Henry's queen. She enters a mine field where every step means her life. Katherine Howard, young and naive with a promiscuous past, She follows her heart rather than her head, with disastrous results. And Jane Rochford, who is haunted by ghosts from past queens and whose mind is slowly unraveling into madness. Well written and plotted with excellent narration. You can do better with a credit than to spend it on this.
Philippa Gregory consistently delivers colorful, interesting, sympathetic portraits of well-known historical figures. This depiction of two of Henry VIII's wives, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard, is no exception.
Gregory fleshes out the flat characterization provided by historical sources into believable human beings. Subtle feminist criticism of the commodification of women in sixteenth century Europe rings through Gregory's entertaining plot.
Gregory skillfully creates distinct voices for each of her three narrators. Each of the voice actors for this audiobook performs her role faithfully and convincingly.
Tragic & Compelling Characters
All the intrigue in King Henry's court.
Each woman has her own great moments that's what kept me listening.
The Boleyn Curse!
I love Kathryn Howard's private dialogues, I thought the Narrator was spot on.
I really love having multiple narrators, it gives the book so much more dimension.