SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States | Member Since 2013
This is basically good for someone unfamiliar with the period, but its mainly a rehashing of Victorian history which has plenty of holes and myths. I found it a little crazy that he insinuated Henry's inability to have a child was a result of venereal disease. That has no basis in fact, the man was such a freak about getting ill that getting the pox was just not something he can be blamed for. There are many little things in there that made me wonder when the last time he had done any reading on his subject.
I couldn't get focused or interested in this book at all, perhaps it was because the narrator was so bad or I had different expectations. I couldn't even finish listening and that rarely happens to me.
I enjoy a biography of an author that doesn't take all observations about the writer from their work but their life and times, that is what this one does rather than decipher a personality from prose. You won't regret this one.....
The British bard had a lot of good reasons for the mistakes in the history plays. One was that he lived and worked in Tudor times--I don't understand how any so called historian could make the claims of this book in this day and time. There is no need to enumerate them all here, one should suffice--the statement goes something like this, "at the advent of the Tudor dynasty, England had its first century of peace an prosperity." What about Henry the Eighth? Bloody Mary? Oh dear, and the worst thing is this book says it will set the record straight---wow, I'd rather listen to the play.
This is the third time that I have listened to this social history of the 18th century. I like it just as much now, as the first. It is very much like the time traveler books by Ian Mortimer without the kitsch. For students and lovers of history alike.
This was a wonderful series with the best saved for the last. I will miss Owen and Katie and Granny and Merlin. I wouldn't mind seeing them again...
I do believe that this is the best one yet. The plot is more developed and there are many new interesting characters while some old funny ones are revived. Don't miss this one.
It's not much of a spoiler to say Granny didn't stay behind in Texas, and she is even more delightful in this one!
She kept me guessing this time, definitely getting better at plotting. This time I also found myself laughing out loud. I lover Katie's mother!
I kept wondering during this what was the point of putting out something so very short with very little new in it. It also has the same name as Weir's book, which is an epic. That does not make it better, but this one does not distinguish itself.
I am familiar with the Anne Boleyn Files online and some of this author's work. Honestly, I trust the accuracy of what is written there, than most books, noted historian or not. The reasons for that are multiple, but basically information is far more vetted there than anywhere else, and they have more to prove. The BLOGS are enjoyable, I wished for more actually, my only complaint was there was a little redundancy. I was hesitant about the audio because I was uncertain how the author would do--she did better than MOST. You won't regret this one.
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