Katherine Howard is confident that she can follow in the steps of Anne Boleyn and dazzle her way to the throne, but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green - to an adulterer's death.
©2006 Philippa Gregory Ltd; (P)2006 RNIB
"History without tears, except for the enjoyable sort...delicious." (The Times)
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Boleyn Inheritance" and would highly recommend it. The three narrators do a very good job of bringing each of the main characters to life.
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I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and was looking forward to the next chapter in the saga. But I lasted only a couple of hours with this one before my ears begged me to stop. There are three narrators here, and the one voicing Katharine Howard has such a high-pitched helium voice that I found it intolerable. When the character gets agitated, the voice rises -- I feared that the neighborhood dogs would gather and that I'd have to replace every glass in the house. Could be a good book but I'll never know.
There are a number of books and movies that focus on the life and death of Anne Boleyn, so it's very nice to see some attention paid to some of the other doomed brides of Henry VIII.
I find that many novels of this genre can be a little dry, but I found this to be an entertaining, interesting listen. The book itself is nicely written, and the narration is absolutely excellent.
Anyone who knows me would never believe I would enjoy a book about court intrigue in Tudor times. But I was so taken with the way Ms Gregory drew the charcters & kept the plot line moving! Katherine Howard was beautifully shown to be an innocent pawn of the Duke of Norwich. I kept hoping he would be found out and put in his place until the bitter end.
I will be listening to each book in the series and recommend you listen to at least one of Phillipa Gregory's book of the series you will get so much enjoyment that I envy you the new experience!
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I like the characterisations in this audio. It is like a series of diary entries from the different characters, who are of various ages and roles in the story. I have no idea if it's historically correct but it's enjoyable.
I have read many versions of the life and loves of Henry VIII and I can honestly say, I enjoyed the Boleyn Inheritance more than most. The narrators were wonderful and the girl portraying Katherine Howard was excellent. She did a marvellous job portraying just how silly and immature the poor girl was. I laughed at her many antics and couldn't help but feel sorry for her unfortunate end at such a young age.
This is the first Philippa Gregory I have read but it won't be the last. She has just joined my list of 'must reads' I can thoroughy recommend this book.
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