I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
I had never read the book!
I had heard a lot about this book! Great listen!
How women thought back then.
yes, she does a very good job in all of them.
I was constantly being shocked by how awful all of the Boleyns were! They are all crazy, some absolutely hateful, but can't seem to stay away from each other!
Mary Boleyn. She comes across as such a victim who doesn't belong in the mix of all of these other despicable people, but she has her dark sides as well.
Not sure, but I do like her as the narrator for this one. Fun accent
I knew Henry VIII was mad, but apparently everyone was!
This is a book of historical fiction filled with lots of drama, intrigue, and bouts of lust. Although I know how the real story unfolds, it is alluring to read it from an imaginative perspective.
Since I have never read this type of historical fiction, I cannot compare it.
This is the first time I have listened to Susan Lyons, and I don't think it will be the last. She is an animated and expressive performer. Lyons did an excellent and believable job on all the voices.
Sex, Lies, and the Tudors
This is a great listen, a bit long, but it makes the story stronger.
Oh my God.... I couldn't drop my head set! so captivating and riveting, you will feel every emotion from each of the characters. Susan Lyons's voice brought this story to life.
Ultimately, this was an entertaining listen. Susan Lyons has a beautiful voice and I think her talent helped make Mary Boleyn a more sympathetic character than the text itself may have allowed. I didn't count on the novel's "bodice-ripper" qualities, and I don't really care to read/hear the PG-13 details of a love scene. It seemed ridiculous, and because of this, I wouldn't choose another book by Gregory again.
I was far more interested in the machinations of the court, Anne Boleyn, and the historical figures, and when these were the focus, the novel was an interesting and entertaining take on a fascinating era.
I am an interior decorator who specializes in custom window treatments. I listen to my books while I'm working in the workroom which helps pass the time and allows me to multi-task.
Loved this historical fiction book...felt like such an indulgence to listen to it (like I was watching a soap opera, but with depth). A true joy to read.
This book might not always follow historical events but it is a great ride,
I like how we see a different side of the king's mistress
I love this book when I read it in print but now I can "read" it at work
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
I really liked how the reader's subtle change in accents helped made the characters come even more to life. I'm sure I enjoyed this much more because I listened to it.
All the "behind the scenes" moments of Anne before she got married to Henry. I've never realized (even when I saw the movie or the TV series a few years ago), just how much of a toll it must have taken on her to do what she had to, to reach her goal.
The scene where Mary was with the Queen, and as Henry and Anne departed, the Queen received a letter from Henry... It was quite powerful to me.
I'm not clever or witty enough to come up with a tag line, but I thought the way women were viewed by society, as well as the sacrifices they were forced to make, was quite fascinating, and it would be along these lines.
I really would like to find out more about this time period. I wish there would be a short summary at the end of the book, detailing just how accurate the novel was compared to history (or as much as we know of it).
What did a 13 year old girl need to know to survive a life in the court of King Henry the eighth; a lot more than you might think. But in Philippa Gregory's work, the reader will discover the most intimate and visceral of necessary knowledge.
The style and flow of this book reads much like the author's other works about the Tudor court and years of war that preceded it. It is good to read all of these books of richly worded English History in the sequence of time rather than the order they were written.
The fine writing and narration of this book gives the reader not only the feel but the smell of what it took for Mary Boleyn to escape the court then ride alone to a distant hamlet. It was not only the courage it took to leave, but the courage and knowledge it took for her to ride her horse for days, negotiate for food and safe havens to sleep, then stand before her Knight, pungent with the smell of horse and unwashed woman, hoping with all her being that she would not be turned away.
I would want to go back in time to interview Mary Boleyn Stafford as a grandmother on hearing all that would happen to the many wives of her past royal lover and what she thought of the social & religious upheavals that followed the beheading of her sister. Other than that, I would not miss the chance to listen to the servants and musicians who were also first hand witnesses.
If my history classes and reading assignments had been this much fun I would have been far more attentive.