Very interesting, entertaining and comprehensive account; great narrator. Having previously read "Katherine of Aragon, the true queen" by the same author (which is also excellent) at least one third or more of this book was quite similar to what I had recently read. The other book, however, was a novel and this one is a historical account of the events.
I actually couldn't listen to the very end because it was making me depressed/resentful about our cultural patriarchy! Very good educationally about life in Tudor England but depressing to hear each new wife's story knowing how they would end. It was frightening to be involved with Henry VIII and to be at the mercy of his will. I didn't know marriages to such young girls happened in England, we look down on that kind of thing now.
Yep, I would. Just to hear what those women went through and how they were treated by their husband. It's amazing that he could manage a country while being lured from one wife to another.
Any of the Henry books. They are all fascinating.
He did a fabulous job.
This book was so interesting and told the story from the wives point of view. Sometimes I felt sorry for the wives and sometime for King Henry for being so gullible about women. Then he was so cruel to his wives when they didn't live up to his expectations or when another women caught his attention.
As soon as you get used to the voice of the narrator, you would enjoy the book. I listened to this mostly in long commutes. It started really slow but after the first hour, it picked up. Story gets really interesting with Henry's second wife Anne. the end seemed rushed.
Perfectly written. Perfectly narrated. Covers a crucial and fascinating period in English history. Weir and Prebble: what could be better?
A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves
The subject matter itself, and that it is historical is enough to intrigue me. However, Alison Weir's narrative account and full bodied characterizations of King Henry VIII and his wives are a work of art. I felt as if I was listening to a scandalously delightful novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this book which is mostly about Catherine and Anne Boleyn. The book continuously kept my interest with his subsequent wives, but Catherine and Anne's stories are so shocking. I was truly at the edge of my seat listening to how this scandal unfolded.
My favorite aspect of this book was how the background information of the society they lived in was painted. I felt so immersed and because Alison Weir put so much detail in it helped me understand why these situations unfolded as they did. I could almost feel the heavy religious and societal pressures that compelled these people. At first I wasn't sure what to think of the narrator, but his voice really grew on me. I would purposefully seek out a narration of his in the future, and I've already got another Weir book in my library.