Syracuse, NY | Member Since 2014
YES! Barbara Rosenblat added so much to the text. She read it with the wit and sarcasm the book is intended to be read with. I admit (and I don't do so lightly), I could have never have matched Rosenblat's mastery and enthusiasm in my own mind. Rosenblat's style is fun and simply delicious!
Hmmm, I can't think of any. This book had so much going on. It's written in that contemporary way that women (especially feminist) are writing today (like in "American's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines" by Gail Collins to give an idea and that too is another great read). You know, it's sorta like talking with your girlfriends. That is one of the most charming things about this book. When you read this, it's as if Bordo is poring you a glass of wine saying "now, about that sixth finger..." She goes into the TV series, films and books on Henry and Anne and shakes out a lot of the BS. She does this in a scholarly academic way that allows the reader to trust her with her piles of research, references and historical documentation.
I haven't. I did look her up on Audible but nothing else she has done looks compelling to me. I will just keep re-reading this one, ha!
You know, I really did. Bordo asks one question I never thought of before and that is simply why. Why in the hell did he do it. I mean he was a known cheat, (having already had at least one son out of wedlock by this point) so why would he kill her. Granted her allegations (all false of course) that she had slept with George and countless others is gripping but still, why didn't he just send her to a nunnery or lock her in the tower. The horror of it really gets you like being bitten--he chopped off her head. One day he was making love to her, and another legally ordering her beheading. It hits you as you pour over this text. She writes on why Henry might have done it in great detail...so I won't spoil it here on what she suggests!
I purchased this book on preorder so excited was I about its release. However, it is extremely dry. I don't mind that too much but I won't rave about it either. I much prefer someone who discussed the "what ifs" and "speculates" (just a little) about the endless possibilities based on documentation. This enriches the text and requires more than a "history lesson." Borman does neither. What you'll get here is is facts layed one atop the other until the end. If you read Wolf Hall and just want to fact check then this will give you that...but if your looking for something exciting like "The Creation of Anne Boleyn" then keep moving on.
This book is written in a very distinctive style that limits the content and the enjoyment.
Falconer's writing style is rushed and goes from one event to another without any content in-between. We have all seen this before, and in many texts it helps move the story along. However, Falconer abuses this method and skips years with no pause to develop the players in the story. This makes the courtship with the characters stunted and you end up not caring what happens to them. Isabella had many children, but other than a line or two we know nothing other than their names and order of birth. Who writes about a queen without discussing their children?! This is extremely careless writing! I kept thinking at some point Falconer would stop racing through the years and give these people life but he never did. Instead, Falconer relies on the seedy nature of the king to carry the story. We get it, he was gay, woohoo. That alone, with no additional substance, is NOT enough to carry an entire novel...
If you are a huge history buff (as I am) then maybe you will want to read this book simply because there are few historical fictions from this period. But be warned--don't expect too much.
Many of the current reviews kept me from picking this book. This book is a great read with lots of detail. Several reviewers mention the parts about BTK's pastor as boring or distracting and I'd argue the opposite is the case. BTK was very devoted in his Christianity. The author, clearly intrigued by this, delves into how BTK was able to kill 10 people without remorse and still call himself a man of God.
I really enjoyed this book and I bet you will too!
As a huge Boleyn buff, I was excited when I found this book. In fact, I said "how smart" as soon as I saw it! The Lady Rochford had an incredible life and has been played in every character role imaginable from the victim to the vixen. So it was with great joy I purchased this book. The first 2/3s of the book really are focused on Anne. Rochford is background music at best!! But I hung on, granted, it wasn't anything I haven't read before about Anne but it wasn't bad enough to jump chapters.
So, finally, we go through Anne's death and then I notice the book is nearly over. I figured the end would be fast but sensational as we look at all the theories of the roles she played in aiding Katherine in her infamous affair with Thomas Cullpepper. Yet, Fox doesn't explore ANY of the possible "what ifs" or even go into great detail about the trial or execution of Rochford. It's rushed, unexplored and dreadfully boring. I couldn't believe it! I would guess Fox really wanted to write another book about Anne. Then, for whatever reason, she decided to change course and write about Jane. It's a GREAT idea!! Sadly, when Fox does talk about Jane it lacks passion and interest.
Perhaps, one could debate we don't have nearly as much documentation about Lady Rochford and while that is true, Fox does dig deep into dates, financial matters and events relevant to Jane's life. What she doesn't do is speculate on the different angles and open ends. She does for Anne but not for Jane. And, she completely ignores Katherine and her relationship with Jane.
All in all, this isn't the worst biography I've read. Yet, this is the first one that I have read where the main character is MIA! Unforgivable!!
I hope to one day see another bio about Jane that is actually about Jane...
The thing I liked most about this book is how King writes women. He never writes women to be stupid or flat. I find many men authors struggle with writting strong and believable women. King however does not!
I have listened to other books by King including "The Stand," "The Shinning," "A Good Marriage," "Mr Mercedes" and my personal fav "Doctor Sleep." This one however is my least loved. As all the other reviews express the narration in this book is sketchy. There is music and a lot of it. It's creepy music too and made my puppy howl, haha!
That said, I will write this section without taking the corny music in to account. This book is too "fantasy" for my taste. Why is this book too much? When does it soar off the rails into lala land? I am not exactly sure but I'd love to read it without the painting bits. I love love the first half and wish King could have written this story without the "painting" drama. The characters are deep, the threat real and the storyline believable. For me, it hits the fantasy part like doing a cannon ball into a shallow creek. I like how in "Mr. Mercedes" King didn't have any "other world" crap. I like flirting with the supernatural like in "The Shinning" but this was too far out for me.
NO MUSIC. Nuff said.
This was the first "grownup" book I read when I was a young teen. I bought it from a garage sale and spent the next few weeks reading it when my parents weren't looking. It was a nice walk down memory lane. For sure, it was worthy of a re-read if for no other reason.
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.
This is a mans man's book. If your a chica that digs a lot action then it's for you too. I take issue only with the fact that the book is full of action but lacks good dialog and good character development. It was fun reading about the Vatican and all the places Brown takes you. It's a mindless fiction tho...
For light reading, this book and others by Moriarty are great.
I really valued the marriage difficulties and successes in this book. It's so true, and if you're in a marriage that has had its fair share of shakes you're bound to really get into the storyline.
The narration is very "interesting." Narrator Lovatt-Smith is very distinctive. She can be slow and sultry or quick with the wit of a line. However, her voice is flat to me. She doesn’t do enough to represent each character, imo. I did like how she acted out each child’s voice in this novel. That was a bit of a thrill, but the rest of the characters were rather flat.
I would take Mrs. Moriarty, the author, out! We could share a bottle of wine and she could tell me the plot of her next book because I can't wait for number four :)
This story is FANTASTIC! What Alice Forgot is my second novel by Moriarty and I listened to it in just four days! Like with the first, The Husband’s Secret, the setting is in Australia. I love the backdrop; it’s so much fun to hear the references made to American culture. For instance, you’ll see lines about Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt weaved into the plot. And, in the other hand, you get lines like “the child cradled her mother’s leg like a koala.” So much fun!! Also, Moriarty’s style is so fascinating. She has women pegged! And I don’t say that lightly. She bounces around from their words to their thoughts exploring all aspects of dialog. This is really hard to do and I have seen it get very sticky in other books but never with her. She is an expert at not only exploring all viewpoints of dialog but she also tells simultaneous stories that parallel the protagonist. Just genius! I was turned on to Moriarty by a reviewer and I hope I too can encourage a listen too. I doubt you’ll regret it.
Chapters one and two are awesome standup. I laughed so hard I accidently woke my husband sleeping next to me, then pulled off my headphones so he could listen too. After a minute or two he was laughing with me--it was great! However, as the chapters went on it became less funny and turned ranty, you know, like grandpa does.
By chapter 14 he was literally bellyaching about what he doesn't like e.g. "fat" people, airport searches, politics bla, bla, bla. I couldn't believe it and, for me, comedy that puts down people or is just angry (for the sake of it) it's funny. Some parts of the book were amazing. One part about a boxer (I wont say more) was incredible. However, for the most part--he sound old and just not as funny anymore.
Also, he kept saying tits over, and over, and over. Even time I cringed. I know he's from an older generation (I just turned 30 and was reading it for fun) but tits? Tits! Tits! Tits! He sounded like he was 13 or something and it was endless. I just thought he'd be a little more polished. He curses throughout the whole thing which I don't mind but his obsession with tits did bother me, in a creepy way.
Like others have said, he reads this book like he just can't wait to be done with it. I think he could have slowed down a little. Some parts of the book are recorded live and those are really exciting! No matter what anyone says, in these live parts where he is on stage preforming he's a total natural!
If you are a huge Crystal fan then you will probably enjoy this. If you are in your 60s and want to go back to the generation and culture of the 60s then you will most likely enjoy this book. He really did capture the "spirit" of the 60s and 70s in a way I have never heard before. Happy readings!!
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