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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Julie LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States 10-11-13
    Julie LA VERGNE, TENNESSEE, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Wife, Mother, Daughter, Believer.

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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Read/Listen"
    Would you listen to The Six Wives of Henry VIII again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it twice. I'm utterly fascinated with Tudor history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne Boleyn is probably the character that I was most drawn too. I find her incredibly misguided and misunderstood.


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

    Yes, on par with his other works.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love European history and drama, you will love this story. No one did it big in such a way as the Tudors and Weir does a great job illustrating that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne MONTGOMERY, MN, United States 08-17-13
    Joanne MONTGOMERY, MN, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very detailed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very good history of the wives of Henry. I was a little concerned in the beginning because it seemed to focus so much on Catherine of Aragon, but it makes sense as the story continues. Catherine was such a big part of Henry's life and really set the standard on how he moved forward with his other wives, how could the author not give her more time. I really appreciate the fact that the author actually takes the time to mention where the information is coming from and, when appropriate, warns the listener if it is from a dubious source or not. Not much comes from those dubious sources, but when that information is included, so is the warning!


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the say Simon Prebble presented this book. He does not change tones much but is able to convey the story in a strong, proud way without judgment in his voice.


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

    I would have loved to have been able to just sit around all day and listen to this book. However, I have 3 children and a fulltime job so THAT was not happening! However the fact is I completely enjoyed my driving time (1.5 hours round trip daily)!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime prattville, AL, United States 08-12-13
    Jaime prattville, AL, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "must read..."
    Would you listen to The Six Wives of Henry VIII again? Why?

    love this book...kept my attention ..great narration ..highly recommended


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

    the secret diary of anne boleyn


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    loved it


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kwt Orem, Utah United States 07-09-13
    kwt Orem, Utah United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

    mama_karen

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    "As expected"
    Any additional comments?

    A very thorough history. Not exactly enjoyable but very informative. I can recommend it if that's what you are looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hayley BOISE, ID, United States 03-25-13
    Hayley BOISE, ID, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "very good listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook, it is an easy listen and is full of interesting history that makes for an excellent story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Learning about the less famous wives of Henry VIII was awesome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The courting of each woman is really interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't recall crying or laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the narrator's voice

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Falls Church, VA 03-18-13
    Amazon Customer Falls Church, VA 03-18-13 Member Since 2009

    melodious

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    "Entertaining and Educational!"

    I really enjoy listening to Alison Wier's books and this one was no exception. In addition to his wives I learned a great deal about Henry VIII as well. I love this period of history and Alison does a gives a very thorough account of King Henry and his wives.

    One complaint about the book is that there is a significant amount of repetitive content. Certain phrases and historical facts are given numerous times throughout. Sometimes it is hard to follow the chronology of events because it is not always clear when she is writing about the future, past or present.

    Overall, greatly informative and highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary Hobart, Australia 02-25-13
    Hilary Hobart, Australia 02-25-13
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    "Enthralling"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, spine chilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character is given equal weight by this most accomplished author. I have read many books on this period in the past, but they all had a bias.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    His tone of voice was evenly modulated, even when describing the most horrific torture. He let the story talk.


    Any additional comments?

    I am searching for any other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FERNANDO HARTWIG Doral, FL, US 11-12-12
    FERNANDO HARTWIG Doral, FL, US 11-12-12
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    "very interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes,
    tremendous historical value


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

    the beheading of Jane Seymour


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the death of henry VIII


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

    the death of Henry VLLL


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    8/31/13
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    "Nothing short of excellent"

    I cannot commend this book enough - it is everything you want from a history book - well read - perfectly written and executed - a comprehensive history of each of Henry VIII wives, from the pride of Catherine of Aragon, the boldness and arrogance of Anne Bolyne, the short lived and subdued reign of the Jane Seymour, the sadness of Anne of Cleeves, the naivety and calamity of Catherine Howard and the grace of Catherine Parr. Each one having a very special place in Henry's life - his seemly disregard for each and every one of them and the family, friends and characters that surround them. The barbarity of the Era and the beginning of the Church of England and all its pomp. Brilliantly researched and worth every penny of your money. Buy it, read it, listen to it, enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Pure Pleasure"

    An excellent book which introduces us to all King Henry's wives. I thought I knew a good deal about this subject but saw some of his relationships in a new light. Excellently written and well narrated. It is one of those books you don't want to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    WORCS, United Kingdom
    10/2/13
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    "Brilliant book to listen to"
    What made the experience of listening to The Six Wives of Henry VIII the most enjoyable?

    Giving great detail of how he conducted his life


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

    Knowing Anne Bolyn was not as white as we had supposed when they married


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

    Great knowledge


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

    No I listened over several days/weeks and enjoyed it as it went along


    Any additional comments?

    Good reader

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marianne Nielsen
    Spain
    7/10/14
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    "Superb read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Six Wives of Henry VIII the most enjoyable?

    The author, has a unique talent to connect with the reader, by stoping to take the time to put things and attitudes in relations to today's thinking, such as the limitations women had in both speech and dress.


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

    I would compare it to her other work such as Isabella the female werewolf. In as much as it explains the woman's role in the society.


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

    It would have to be ann of cleaves.


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

    If only I could, but it is very long, which is also a blessing.


    Any additional comments?

    Well executed on all levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Everything the school textbook never told you"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, humorous, well researched


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've always had a soft spot for Anna of Cleaves just because she's always been the cast aside one, jammed between the dead mother and the flighty young girl.


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

    It's far to big to listen to in one go, but it's very engaging to listen too how ever many sessions it takes to reach the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosy
    United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Absolutely loved it...a fascinating factual story"
    What did you like most about The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    The whole story. It was told in a very factual way, with lots of references to historical records, but the characters were all brought to life in a very believable way.


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

    The marriage of King Henry to Ann of Cleves, and the repercussions that followed. It all worked out well for them both in the end though.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to pick just one


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Although this is all based on fact, you still couldn`t help but feel sadness at the way that some of the characters were treated or met their ends.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that this isn`t the usual genre of audiobook that I choose, but I`m so very glad that I had a dabble into our history for a change. The narration was excellent, the story flowed and the characters were all well rounded, so that you got a sense of who they were. I didn`t want a romanticised version with lots of "voices", I wanted a factual account of what life would have been like in the Tudor Court. That being said, you get all the facts...but it`s still a great story to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • michael
    Enniskillen, United Kingdom
    11/5/13
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    "Great book"

    This is a wonderfully fluid book. The narration and detail combine to make it a treat for audio book listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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