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.
I had read this book a long time ago, and when I got my audible account, I decided to give this a try. The narrator initially gave me a bit of a turn, but as she warmed up, and the main character aged, her voice "aged" with the character. It really worked for me, and I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves to listen to books on tape, and enjoys the medieval history-based novels.
I am ravinous for all books about English history. The author of this book like so many of her works contin ues to delight in satifying my hu nger for this type of reading.
The d ifference between the two Boleyn sisters in terms of their moral attitudes.
Ovbiously having an english person reading the story gives the story authenticity and the proper feel.
I did make alot of comments to the characters out loud telling them of their foolish choices.
The story feels disjointed and nearly every event is written to the extreme, not in a good way. Most men were presented as weak low life, not noble nor decent. Most of the women act disgraceful, greedy. In my opinion, both sexes personas and actions were written unnecessarily to the most despicable extreme.
The first book "The Constant Princess" was enjoyable with the smooth flow of the story, being sensible, believable. Gives a feeling of care and hope......
I'm not sure what Philippa Gregory was thinking but this second book was a far stretch, disjointed trash.