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The Six Wives of Henry VIII | [Alison Weir]

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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.
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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!!

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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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-12-13
    Rebecca 10-12-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "The Real Game of Thrones"

    This book tells much about Henry VIII, his six wives and their times. If you've just high-level heard about Henry VIII and how he had many wives and the separation from the Roman Catholic Church, this book will give you great background. It also illustrates what life was like in and out of court.

    For me it was interesting to see the role of religion and how Henry and his advisors used religion and heresy as a means to the goal of having male heirs.

    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 2014

    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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    Shakayla Dade City, FL, United States 05-11-15
    Shakayla Dade City, FL, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite book!"

    An avid Henry the 8th fan I have listened to this book 11 times and it's always good!! Great book and worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KDM 04-15-15
    KDM 04-15-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderful rendering of King Henry and his wives. Having read and then listened to the book, I can safely say it is one of my favorite Tudor telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Syracuse, NY 07-03-14
    Sara Syracuse, NY 07-03-14 Member Since 2015

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-02-14
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Divorced Beheaded Died Divorced Beheaded Survived"

    I became very keen to learn all about the Tudors after reading Hilary Mantel's excellent Wolf Hall, followed by Bring Up the Bodies not long after. At that time I had very little notion about British History, and none at all about Henry VIII and his time, other than the fact he was an oft-married tyrant who had a couple of his wives beheaded. This book was just what I needed to fill some of the biggest gaps in my understanding of a) the reasons why H8 married so often b) who his wives were, with their backgrounds and personal stories and c) why he killed off two of his wives and divorced two more. I also learned in greater detail about d) how and why the break from Rome and the pope occurred, and why there were so many reversals back and forth from Catholic to Protestant beliefs, resulting in the deaths of uncounted masses of people for heresies which were determined according to ever-changing priorities and whims of the great monarch.

    I felt I got quite a thorough overview of each of Henry's six wives, and also that Alison Weir seemed to greatly dislike Anne Boleyn, who came across as quite an unlikeable woman, though I gather this is a widely agreed upon opinion. Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, predictably enough, came across as a saint. Ann of Cleves and Catherine Parr, as the two clever ones who survived marriage to a vile brute. And of course, plenty of information about the monarch himself and his time.

    Recommended for those who like me have an interest in literature about that period with little background on the topic, as I imagine a lot of the material is familiar to those who have a better grasp on English history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laraine Andover, NY, United States 05-15-14
    Laraine Andover, NY, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2013

    Love audiobooks. Mystery and suspense novels are the ones I enjoy the most.

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    "Awesome Book"

    This book was fun to listen to. It only took me 3 days because I wanted to learn what had happened to each of the wives. I knew some of the stuff but learned so much more from this book. I recommended this book if you are into English history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Made for a good listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - If you are interested in Henry VIII, then in my opinion this book is a staple read/listen.


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

    Katherine Howard's downfall and execution.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen Hood
    Biggar, United Kingdom
    9/15/13
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    "five star excellence"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    this book is for anyone wanting to know the complete history of this king and his wives, it's all here.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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