I was a little hesitant about listening to a nonfiction historical biography, but Alison Weir is a favorite historian/author of mine.
She delivered with this masterpiece!
Simon Prebble delivered a perfect performance, I am not always a big fan of Simon Prebble, but he really is excellent in this narration.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
This book tells much about Henry VIII, his six wives and their times. If you've just high-level heard about Henry VIII and how he had many wives and the separation from the Roman Catholic Church, this book will give you great background. It also illustrates what life was like in and out of court.
For me it was interesting to see the role of religion and how Henry and his advisors used religion and heresy as a means to the goal of having male heirs.
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
One of the best. It was really fun and interesting.
There were no characters in the book per say, but I liked Henry's last wife, Catherine, best.
No, I had not had the pleasure, but I enjoyed his narrating quite a bit with this book.
Not quite, but only because of the sheer length of the book.
A great book to listen to for anyone interested in Henry VIII. Alison Weir wrote a splendid book, and Simon Prebble narrated it superbly.
An avid Henry the 8th fan I have listened to this book 11 times and it's always good!! Great book and worth the listen!
The narration was not exactly consistent - it sounded like a different person for minutes at a time before switching back to the "normal" way, as if Mr. Prebble did his recording from two different sound booths with different equipment. While this isn't a huge deal and has no effect on the quality of the book, it was a bit distracting.
I am a big fan of Alison Weir's Tudor books, and this was no exception. Everything is thoroughly researched and clearly presented, and it certainly makes me excited to listen to "The Children of Henry VIII" next! Although Henry certainly had a lot to do with this book, I felt like the focus on the wives was very refreshing. You get a very distinct portrait of each woman and a good understanding of her motivations and personality.
Read from February 28 to March 15, 2013
Audiobook read by Simon Prebble. This was really less about the women in their own right (what I was hoping for) and more about the general history of Henry VIII's marriages. Still in all, it was a fun listen and, even with as much as I thought I knew about these women, I learned some new tidbits--with the exception of Anne Boleyn and the only thing I learned about her is that Weir did not like her AT ALL.
Recent college grad who studied creative writing... now I bum 'round listening to other's works. Not a bad life :)
Easy. Factual. Deep.
It was very fascinating to learn so much about Henry's first queen. All of the queens are well researched. Weir leaves no stone unturned.
Prebble is a smart performer. He is very dry in a way that makes the book easy to follow. This book is written in a historical/academic way. His style doesn't subtract from its nature.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
I became very keen to learn all about the Tudors after reading Hilary Mantel's excellent Wolf Hall, followed by Bring Up the Bodies not long after. At that time I had very little notion about British History, and none at all about Henry VIII and his time, other than the fact he was an oft-married tyrant who had a couple of his wives beheaded. This book was just what I needed to fill some of the biggest gaps in my understanding of a) the reasons why H8 married so often b) who his wives were, with their backgrounds and personal stories and c) why he killed off two of his wives and divorced two more. I also learned in greater detail about d) how and why the break from Rome and the pope occurred, and why there were so many reversals back and forth from Catholic to Protestant beliefs, resulting in the deaths of uncounted masses of people for heresies which were determined according to ever-changing priorities and whims of the great monarch.
I felt I got quite a thorough overview of each of Henry's six wives, and also that Alison Weir seemed to greatly dislike Anne Boleyn, who came across as quite an unlikeable woman, though I gather this is a widely agreed upon opinion. Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, predictably enough, came across as a saint. Ann of Cleves and Catherine Parr, as the two clever ones who survived marriage to a vile brute. And of course, plenty of information about the monarch himself and his time.
Recommended for those who like me have an interest in literature about that period with little background on the topic, as I imagine a lot of the material is familiar to those who have a better grasp on English history.
Love audiobooks. Mystery and suspense novels are the ones I enjoy the most.
This book was fun to listen to. It only took me 3 days because I wanted to learn what had happened to each of the wives. I knew some of the stuff but learned so much more from this book. I recommended this book if you are into English history.