We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
The Boleyn Inheritance | [Philippa Gregory]

The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power - as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life: the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold.
Regular Price:$23.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Three women share one fate....

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power - as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life: the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold. In The Boleyn Inheritance, Gregory is at her intelligent and suspenseful best.

©2006 Philippa Gregory Limited. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Compelling." (Booklist)
"Gregory's accounts of events are accurate enough to be persuasive, her characterizations modern enough to be convincing. Rich in intrigue and irony, this is a tale where readers will already know who was divorced, beheaded, or survived, but will savor Gregory's sharp staging of how and why." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (329 )
5 star
 (123)
4 star
 (122)
3 star
 (73)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.2 (52 )
5 star
 (27)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (12)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (53 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (13)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Shannon Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-16-07
    Shannon Brooklyn, NY, United States 07-16-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fantastic"

    By far, this was one of my favorite audio books. The story was read by three different readers, and all three of them, had very distincive voices. This made it very easy to follow the story, and made it feel more like an audio play, than a book. The only drawback to this book was that it was far too short. I didn't want it to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anne Long Beach, CA, USA 01-26-07
    Anne Long Beach, CA, USA 01-26-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "terrific!!"

    This was a wonderful audiobook. The three narrators brought the characters to life in a way that reading the book could never accomplish. Excellent in every way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cate ST Paul, MN, USA 01-12-07
    Cate ST Paul, MN, USA 01-12-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Well dramatized but abridged"

    The Boleyn Inheritance is narrated by three women living with the consequences of Anne Boleyn's rise and fall. Henry VIII's fourth and fifth wives and Anne's sister in law each narrate the increasing paranoia and instability of the court as Henry ages and ultimately dies. The readers are each distinct and well suited for their various roles. The book fleshes out the historical facts with compelling characters who may or may not be anything like their real inspirations, but are believable nonetheless.

    Any quarrels I have with the ending coming a bit too fast may be due to the fact that this presentation IS abridged: a fact I had not realized before buying it. Don't be surprised, like I was. The audio book is still worthwhile, but be aware that this is much shorter than its predecessor, The Other Boleyn Girl.

    It's a well told tale, and having it read to me makes the experience feel like having poisonous gossip dripped into my ear, just as the courtiers of the Tudor Court must have felt. An enjoyable take on a fascinating historical period, and a worthy sequel to The Other Boleyn Girl.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    N Greer, SC, USA 01-26-09
    N Greer, SC, USA 01-26-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    48
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "abridged..."

    This book is very good, but I didn't realize this was the abridged version. Get the unabridged.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Moragne Hopewell, VA, United States 03-24-11
    Moragne Hopewell, VA, United States 03-24-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Truly The Boleyn Inheritance"

    I highly enjoyed the three person narrative. It wasn't confusing and it gave different POVs on the same situation, which was really interesting.

    I really felt for Anne of Cleves. Her home life was a shambles and she wanted out. But unfortunately she went from one mad house to another. I don't think it was fair of Henry to call her stupid and ugly. She's the true voice in the novel. I was really impressed with her decision to leave without a fight, and in doing so ended up with more than she would have elsewhere. Her decision to not go to court often saved her life. Stupid she was not.

    Katherine Howard. My, my, my. She would be sweet if she wasn't so outwardly stupid, and 85% inwardly stupid. Though she could tell the truth about Henry, and kept it to herself, she was just...boring a bit to me. I think Gregory wanted to portray her as not as stupid as everyone says, but even the glimpses of intelligence were short lived by her pushing them out for shiny things.

    Jane Parker, Boleyn, Rochford; Lady Rochford. I didn't like her in The Other Boleyn Girl at all. I found her nosy, simple and annoying. In this not so much. Most of the book she seemed sincere about being sorry for giving testimony against Anne and George Boleyn. But in her memories she stills holds on to the idea of them being lovers in a slight way. It wasn't until the end of the book when she truly showed her colours. No matter how much she may delude herself into think she's an OK person in the end she's not. She truly is a liar, schemer, malicious, evil person. I should mention she's also selfish. I truly think she has a touch of madness, but only because she brought it on herself.

    This is a really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dawn Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-01-10
    Dawn Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2010

    cosmocitygirl

    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Amazing story and narration. Highly Recommend"

    The three women that read this draw you into their lives so much that you can almost feel what they are feeling. Philippa gives us another winner. I can see this working better as an audiobook then a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amy Garden Valley, CA, United States 11-16-10
    Amy Garden Valley, CA, United States 11-16-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    75
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "My first Philippa Gregory book..."

    This was my first Philippa Gregory book and I thought it was very good. It brought historical events together with some great character development. I have done a little bit of study on Henry VIII and it was great to see such an in-depth and believable focus on his 4th and 5th wives as they are so often ignored. Very interesting characters and approach... I was pleasantly surprised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 08-30-10
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 08-30-10 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    45
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    83
    50
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    "I wish it hadn't been abridged"

    I have high praise for this story and the 3 narrators, but was disappointed to discover that it had been abridged when I thought I had purchased unabridged. The rating would be 5 stars for unabridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cristie visalia, CA, United States 07-27-10
    cristie visalia, CA, United States 07-27-10 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "the best of Philippa Gregory"

    This book explores the relationship between Henry, his 4th and 5th wives and Jane Boleyn. I have read all Philippa Gregory's history novels and this one is my favorite. The narration in the audio book was also excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristina Milford, NH, USA 06-09-08
    Kristina Milford, NH, USA 06-09-08 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "The BEST yet!"

    What great choices for narration! Three different voices from three different points of view: Hurrah for Ruthie Henshall - the voice of the young exuberant Katherine. The story swept you up, kept you in, and didn't let go until the last tear was shed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 26 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.