I enjoyed the novel the same way I enjoy most of this author's works. I loved the literary devices and the author's choice to tell Anne Boleyn's story from her sister's point of view. I did, however, struggle with the quantity of the racy bits. I felt like this story was a little pornographic, and while I don't shy from people writing about sex (it being a part of human life, after all) I felt like many passages could have been written more discreetly. This isn't a book I want to keep in my library or one that I'd want on my shelves.
I thought the description of events and people brought Henry VIII court to life.
All the books in the cousin's series are wonderful.
She projected such feeling in her voice.
it's just okay compared to the book. The reader was excellent and I've enjoyed other books she's read. it's hard not to think of this book as factual, but only based on facts. I still love the storyline and it made me search for more info online which led me to new news that it may have a certain genetic anomaly that caused Henry's children to be ill or for the miscarriages. They are tracking it through his family tree now to see if it's a valid reason. It also covers his decline mentally and the actions he took with all of his wives.
I had read this book in hard copy several years ago. I then ordered it on audible books. I loved it. Even though I knew the story, listening to it somehow made it different. The narrator is superb her diction amazing.
Needing something to listen to I reopened it recently and listened to it again. It was every bit as good as the first time!
Even though we all know what happened to Ann Boleyn, it is more interesting when told from the viewpoint of Mary Boleyn, the "Other" Boleyn girl.
If you are a fan of historical fiction built around Henry the eighth, this is a book for you. Poor Henry, the dashing, handsome young prince becomes a fat, smelly, lecherous and dangerous old man unable to "get" a son upon his numerous wives and blames each in turn. Those once in such favor realize he is mercurial and their favor is unstable at best.
A delicious listen.
Reading this book got me started on my love of reading about the Kings and Queens of England and I have been completely consumed since!
Loved it...Very well written and narrated, Susan Lyons had a pleasant voice and did each character very well. I enjoyed listening to and reading this book. Philippa Gregory is a wonderful author.
Ms. Greggory at her best. This was my first book I read of hers and have been a die hard fan ever since.