I really enjoy listening to Alison Wier's books and this one was no exception. In addition to his wives I learned a great deal about Henry VIII as well. I love this period of history and Alison does a gives a very thorough account of King Henry and his wives.
One complaint about the book is that there is a significant amount of repetitive content. Certain phrases and historical facts are given numerous times throughout. Sometimes it is hard to follow the chronology of events because it is not always clear when she is writing about the future, past or present.
Overall, greatly informative and highly entertaining.
I had just finished a really well written novel and this was a terrible follow-up. I found the writing to be about as dumbed down as possible, which maybe is the norm for "teen novels". I'm really surprised at the reviews, which inspired me to add this to my listening collection. In spite of my feelings about the book I did find myself wanting to know what was going to happen next and I listened to it at 1.5 times speed. The most redeeming aspect of this book is that it is very short. I will avoid "teen novels" going forward, because great reviews don't equate to well written. If you're looking for dialog that is along the lines of "shut up ass-wipe", then this book is for you. Also, I can imagine if you've been through some emotionally harrowing tragedy and are not as concerned about writing quality, you may find something redeeming here.
I LOVE this book. I found it mesmerizing, like I was transported into another time and place every time I got in my car to listen. The narration was outstanding and I plan to listen to more books narrated by George Guidall. I am eagerly anticipating Helene Wrecker's next book. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed listening to a book this much. I'm sorry it had to end.
I have enjoyed listening to this book. I find the story itself interesting but the writing is very plain and the narrator, as well as the sound quality of the recordings, could be much better.
I saw the movie and in spite of the awkward dialog and acting, found myself drawn to watch it over again and see the sequels. Fascinated, I decided to listen to the first book and read the last 2. I did not like the narration and HATED the way the narrator said "Bella". Since her name is used repeatedly throughout it was very annoying. I can still hear the sound of her voice saying, "Bella", in my head. The writing is certainly not good and the writer's use of the English language is simplistic and unimaginative. Since I didn't dislike the last 2 books nearly as much I think it likely that the narration made the book even worse than it would have been had I read it on my own. I can't believe this book was 2 credits! What a waste!
Story line is simplistic, predictable and the writing is very plain and uninteresting. Not sure why this has gotten such good reviews.
Very well written and interesting. The narrator was very good as well. Disturbing story.
Narration was good and enjoyable. The overall story is good but for me it was so slow paced I could barely stand it. The pace didn't pick up until the last 2 parts. It took me even longer to get through it because I kept getting distracted (it just didn't hold my attention very well) and would have to rewind.
I was initially very disappointed with the narrator. After listening to Lonesome Dove, this reader left a lot to be desired. Most characters sound the same. Gus sounds wimpy and winy.
The story itself is OK. The last few chapters were pretty boring without much going on. I don't think I'll continue with the series.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. The narrator was fantastic and really brought the characters to life. I wish Lee Horsely narrated the rest of the series.
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