I thought that the book was rewarding and if you have interest in this particular period of history than you will enjoy this book.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Alison Weir has done an exemplary job with this volume. Published in 1991 and categorized as a historical yet dramatic novel I feel that the research done very thorough. There is very little dramatic overkill. The added drama makes this historical novel so incredibly spellbinding. Personally I could not put it down. I relished every word. I was 'hooked' from page one.
I was a student of history in the UK and shamefully I did find it rather 'dull'. I really wish that I had this book available. To be able to 'meet' young Harry and imagine his handsome face. To be amazed at his appearance especially comparing him to other men of his time.
Just the thought of actually learning more about Catherine of Aragon the woman. All that I had ever learned was that she was a weak 'little' victim. Alison Weir's extensive research has taught me us that Catherine was anything BUT weak. Catherine was stronger than the Brookline Bridge. She fought until the end. Then of course I always believed that Ann Boleyn was 'evil to the core'! WRONG! Poor Anne was just coldly 'put aside' for men's political agendas, Jane Seymore is always painted as an Angel. After reading this I can see that Henry only idolized her because he did not have her around long enough to get bored of her! Alison Weir really brought Ann of Cleaves to the forefront for me insomuch that I have done more reading on this interesting woman. She mesmerized me. Ann was smart, focused and quiet ahead of her time living on after Henry's death to have a fulfilling life. I think that I will leave it to the reader to learn about Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr. This is where I give Alison Weir an A+ for her research and interpretation. All of the revelations stunned me! I learned so much about these two women. As I do not want to ruin it for anyone I will stop now however if you love history you will not be disappointed.
A wonderful read that will transport you back to Tudor times.
I've never really understood the fascination with the British monarchy, but this book really made the characters come alive. There are a few spots where the author goes on and on about seemingly unimportant details, but overall I found the book well researched and well written.
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.
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.