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!
For the record, I am still reading this. However, since I'm seriously considering stopping I feel ready to make my review.
Likes: Historical! Very well thought out and based on an incredible amount of research. This is packed with so many ideas and sides one could really think about what all Ehrman has to say for hours. And Ehrman's words and thoughts really stay with you.
Dislikes: The jargon is a bit much. I got lost a few times. Professor Ehrman talks like a preacher and his voice was too loud and fast for me. It clearly reminded me of being lectured in college. I wish it had been more conversational like, well, grad classes. He was practically screaming by the end of some of the chapters. His voice keeps getting higher and higher and by the end BAM!! Haha!
I really liked learning about Christ from a historical lens.
No. But I might be willing to try another title offered by the Great Courses.
No, and I am sure that couldn't be done in this case.
I love learning about history and reading historical text but this one is honestly tricky. I really had a hard time studying Christ as he unfolds into what he is today. I couldn't let go of my childhood beliefs to really soak this in. This is the first time I have had an experience like this and I am still contemplating what it all means...
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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