My passion is Tudor history but for some reason I had not read this book until I listened to this audio book. WoW! That's all I can say. I was so sad when this ended. I was not sure what I thought of the narrator, David Case, at first but he has now become a favored voice. He's amazing with this book. Simply perfect. I could gush on and on - but you get the idea - I truly LOVED the book and the narrator and recommend it to anyone who loves Tudor history, history or historical fiction in general!
I was quite excited when this book was released because I was quite looking forward to a historical novel about Thomas Cromwell et al. I had found the "dead tree book" difficult to follow and found that I was constantly wondering (confirming) who was "speaking" at any given point. It was frustrating to me because the writing is so good - I wanted to like the book as much as I had anticipated I would. I got almost to the end of the book and gave up on it ever making sense!
I wondered if I might enjoy the story ( and be able to follow it) more by listening to it and so I gave the audible version a try. It was SO much better for me than readin the book was!. Simon Slater is a very enjoyable & gifted narrator and, through his inventive voice inflections, it was much easier to keep track of who was 'speaking'. The whole story made so much more sense to me ! I'm glad that I gave the book a second try. Ms. Mantel is a truly amazing writer - and I can now look forward to her next offering.
If you too had difficulty "getting into" this book then try the audible version - it really is worth it!
I have to laugh because when I first joined Audible years ago I really didn't think that I would like audio books. I remember confirmaing that I could cancel if I decided I didn't enjoy the books. Tsk tsk - it's been quite a few years now and I have found that I love audio books. Live and Learn.
I was looking forward to reading/hearing this book & decided to take a chance & buy on the first day it became available here on Audible. I found the story line to be somewhat formulaic - in typical Dan Brown style. What I do love about Dan Brown books is the "real life, true story" details that he always includes; interesting information about the Capitol Building that I never knew about before & little tid bits about noetic science. There was a lot about this book that I found totally beyond the realm of feasibility (even in a super hero way) but I really didn't care. This is an entertaining novel that kept my interest, introduced me to some new factual information and was, generally speaking, a decent, if not totally enthralling,book.
I have been fascinated with Tudor England for most of my life. This book about Jane Boleyn was enlightening about a side of Tudor history - the cruel side - that generally is underplayed. Jane Boleyn was most likely not a model wife of George or sister-in-law to Anne, but it is also unlikely that she deserved to become as vilified as as history has shown her. I was completely fascinated with this book - and when it ended - I still was waiting for more. I think that the book, could possibly have gone further to trace what ramification Jane's death had to to the familial heirs - but all in all I can recommend this book without qualification
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