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The Six Wives of Henry VIII Audiobook

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

©1991 Alison Weir (P)2002 Recorded Books

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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-26-12
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2010

    audio addict! Mostly interested in history and some historical fiction. Will Durant is my all time favorite. Loving the Great Courses too.

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    "Wow. Excellent. A page-turner at times!!"

    I was a little hesitant about listening to a nonfiction historical biography, but Alison Weir is a favorite historian/author of mine.
    She delivered with this masterpiece!

    Simon Prebble delivered a perfect performance, I am not always a big fan of Simon Prebble, but he really is excellent in this narration.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    skater Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, United States 11-12-12
    skater Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great story"

    I thought that the book was rewarding and if you have interest in this particular period of history than you will enjoy this book.

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    oregano 03-12-16
    oregano 03-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    Where does The Six Wives of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a 9.


    What did you like best about this story?

    From Catherine of Aragon to Katherine Parr Alison Weir gives us a fascinating look at each of Henry the VII's many wives. Focusing on their stories from their point of view rather than Henry's we see how remarkable these women were and how Henry, really married most every type of woman there is.

    While there is a lot of "fill in the blanks" in this book, there is much that is based on the actual history of them all and I would be surprised if it doesn't make many interested enough to look further into the time, Henry,all of these women, and their effect on the history of England.

    While there was more to Henry's wife hopping than lust, it seems fitting he never had both; the son he needed and a wife he wanted.

    Get it. It is better than it sounds.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed his narration, The book in itself is great so I don't know how he could have gone wrong working with what he had.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Gee, I don't know..."He Was An Asshole" maybe?.


    Any additional comments?



    I can't say that something that makes me cry every time I hear or read it is something I can say is what I like best. I was surprised at the emotional response I had to a certain part of it.

    It seems Catherine of Aragon can be said to be the wife that loved him best, though there isn't enough known about Jane Seymour to be sure. She sure as hell, hung in there until her last day.

    Catherine's last letter to Henry and the last line makes me know,unquestionably, the depth of her love for him and how broken her heart had been.

    No matter what he did, no matter what he threatened she could still say,when she knew she was dying ; " Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things"

    Jesus. I hope to never love a man that much.

    Somebody hand me a tissue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 10-03-15
    Julia 10-03-15 Member Since 2015

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "One Man, Six Wives, Six Stories"

    Alison Weir has done an exemplary job with this volume. Published in 1991 and categorized as a historical yet dramatic novel I feel that the research done very thorough. There is very little dramatic overkill. The added drama makes this historical novel so incredibly spellbinding. Personally I could not put it down. I relished every word. I was 'hooked' from page one.

    I was a student of history in the UK and shamefully I did find it rather 'dull'. I really wish that I had this book available. To be able to 'meet' young Harry and imagine his handsome face. To be amazed at his appearance especially comparing him to other men of his time.

    Just the thought of actually learning more about Catherine of Aragon the woman. All that I had ever learned was that she was a weak 'little' victim. Alison Weir's extensive research has taught me us that Catherine was anything BUT weak. Catherine was stronger than the Brookline Bridge. She fought until the end. Then of course I always believed that Ann Boleyn was 'evil to the core'! WRONG! Poor Anne was just coldly 'put aside' for men's political agendas, Jane Seymore is always painted as an Angel. After reading this I can see that Henry only idolized her because he did not have her around long enough to get bored of her! Alison Weir really brought Ann of Cleaves to the forefront for me insomuch that I have done more reading on this interesting woman. She mesmerized me. Ann was smart, focused and quiet ahead of her time living on after Henry's death to have a fulfilling life. I think that I will leave it to the reader to learn about Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr. This is where I give Alison Weir an A+ for her research and interpretation. All of the revelations stunned me! I learned so much about these two women. As I do not want to ruin it for anyone I will stop now however if you love history you will not be disappointed.

    A wonderful read that will transport you back to Tudor times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 06-06-15
    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 06-06-15 Member Since 2016

    Bookworm

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    "I didn't expect to like this one"

    I've never really understood the fascination with the British monarchy, but this book really made the characters come alive. There are a few spots where the author goes on and on about seemingly unimportant details, but overall I found the book well researched and well written.

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    Nicole Shelby 09-04-14
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    "Thankfully, It's Not All About Henry!"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was not exactly consistent - it sounded like a different person for minutes at a time before switching back to the "normal" way, as if Mr. Prebble did his recording from two different sound booths with different equipment. While this isn't a huge deal and has no effect on the quality of the book, it was a bit distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Alison Weir's Tudor books, and this was no exception. Everything is thoroughly researched and clearly presented, and it certainly makes me excited to listen to "The Children of Henry VIII" next! Although Henry certainly had a lot to do with this book, I felt like the focus on the wives was very refreshing. You get a very distinct portrait of each woman and a good understanding of her motivations and personality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Anne of Cleves is my favorite"

    Read from February 28 to March 15, 2013

    Audiobook read by Simon Prebble. This was really less about the women in their own right (what I was hoping for) and more about the general history of Henry VIII's marriages. Still in all, it was a fun listen and, even with as much as I thought I knew about these women, I learned some new tidbits--with the exception of Anne Boleyn and the only thing I learned about her is that Weir did not like her AT ALL.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Syracuse, NY 07-03-14
    Sara Syracuse, NY 07-03-14 Member Since 2016

    Recent college grad who studied creative writing... now I bum 'round listening to other's works. Not a bad life :)

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    "Easy Tudor History"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Easy. Factual. Deep.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katalin New York, NY, United States 12-23-12
    Katalin New York, NY, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

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    "Best biography I've listened to so far!"
    Where does The Six Wives of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. It was really fun and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters in the book per say, but I liked Henry's last wife, Catherine, best.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I had not had the pleasure, but I enjoyed his narrating quite a bit with this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not quite, but only because of the sheer length of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book to listen to for anyone interested in Henry VIII. Alison Weir wrote a splendid book, and Simon Prebble narrated it superbly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer TAMPA, FL, United States 08-26-16
    Jennifer TAMPA, FL, United States 08-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved. History written well"

    I love British history and this was well written and read. Thorough and very engaging

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  • trishagriffiths
    United Kingdom
    6/23/13
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    "Alison Weir Henry's 6 wives"

    This part of History has always fascinated me, and I have read a lot about the Tudors, its
    very comprehensive, and the narration flows, Love it, and will listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    TAUNTON, SOMERSET, United Kingdom
    5/13/16
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    "Poor narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not what I expected, but some useful facts incorporated


    Would you recommend The Six Wives of Henry VIII to your friends? Why or why not?

    I found that my history was lacking, so yes it was useful to fill in the gaps in my education


    How could the performance have been better?

    I hate to be critical, as it can affect whether you buy an audible book, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised when I disregard the reviews, but the narration on this was very poor.
    I have 10 hours that I have not listened to because it is such hard work. Been a member for years and never given up, but this has beaten me!


    Did The Six Wives of Henry VIII inspire you to do anything?

    Not to listen to this narrator any more. I love Alison weir as an author, I would ask her to be more selective in her narrator
    , I love talking books!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol Lavender
    4/29/16
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    "Boring"

    Boring with bad narration. Too factual. I will be asking for my credit back please

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  • Maryb
    4/1/16
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    "History at it's best."
    What made the experience of listening to The Six Wives of Henry VIII the most enjoyable?

    Have read a lot about this period but this version was very interesting. Back to school.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is closest to what I think would have happened. Excellent writing.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Very nice voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A must see.


    Any additional comments?

    So many versions of this period in history. This was a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacqueline pask
    3/31/16
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    "enjoyed"

    I found easy to listen too. Not normally my kind of book but recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Dunton Green, United Kingdom
    12/19/15
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    "Absolutely fabulous read!"
    What did you like most about The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    The detail of each 'story'/each wife. You feel like you get to know each of the 'characters'. What a fabulous way to learn more about fascinating historical events.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that it followed through ALL of the wives, which really helps you get an overall picture of the time.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favourite?

    I read this a while ago now so I'd have to dip back in to remind myself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    ditto above


    Any additional comments?

    Alison Weir is one of my two favourite historical fiction authors. Absolutely brilliant story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sasha
    UK
    12/1/15
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    "A great insight into the wives of Henry VIII"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, informative, entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Six Wives of Henry VIII to, and why?

    -


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He has great intonation


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A great way to learn the real story behind each of the wives of Henry VIII! The listener is led through the marriages in chronological order (the main focus naturally being on Catherine of Aragon and Ann Boleyn). The author provides excellent detail of the period and a real insight into the life of a queen and a noble lady in the 1500s. The reader is left with the distinct feeling that both the King and his Queens are at various points both player and played with the church and establishment pulling most of the strings. A worthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola B
    7/22/15
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    "Great book well written well narrated"

    I really enjoyed this book and although I downloaded to listen to while I was working and driving I found myself plugged into it as often as I could.

    The narrator was clear and interesting and although these historical books can be bland this book is well written and interesting put together so it flowed very well.

    I have now downloaded Elizabeth 1 by the same author and hope the narrator is as good as this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Potter
    7/9/15
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    "Excellent in every way!"

    Loved the book from start to finish. The narrator was lovely to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Merry
    Wales, UK
    6/8/15
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    "A bit uneven, but that's history for you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend the *book* but I'm not sure I'd recommend this reading of it. It was good, but a bit uneven.


    Any additional comments?

    I realised, listening to this book, just how little I actually knew about the wives, and I'm pleased I finally got around to "reading" it. The wives aren't evenly addressed, of course, because we know far more about Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn than the others, even Jane Seymour. It definitely made me want to learn more about Ann of Cleves, though - she's fascinating, and definitely did very well out of her marriage to Henry - unlike the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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