Anne Boleyn

500 Years of Lies
Narrated by: Hayley Nolan
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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A bold new analysis of one of history’s most misrepresented women.

History has lied.

Anne Boleyn has been sold to us as a dark figure, a scheming seductress who bewitched Henry VIII into divorcing his queen and his church in an unprecedented display of passion. Quite the tragic love story, right?

Wrong.

In this electrifying exposé, Hayley Nolan explores for the first time the full, uncensored evidence of Anne Boleyn’s life and relationship with Henry VIII, revealing the shocking suppression of a powerful woman.

So leave all notions of outdated and romanticised folklore at the door and forget what you think you know about one of the Tudors’ most notorious queens. She may have been silenced for centuries, but this urgent book ensures Anne Boleyn’s voice is being heard now.

#TheTruthWillOut

©2019 Hayley Nolan (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The author very much distracts!

This is an Excellent piece of research. The author, reads her work, and ruins the book. Just absolutely terrible. I am remiss I purchased.

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hashtag get rid of the " hashtag " comments

over dramatic reading, adding hashtag statements makes it juvenile. get a new reader that does not sound like she is lecturing at a pulpit.

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Very annoying narrator!

There is no doubt that the author did her research, but reading aloud her own work was not enjoyable for me.
Her voice is grating on the ears and she sounds like she's trying too hard as she constantly tries to drive her point home. I really wanted to like to this book but she ruined it for me. I am a HUGE Anne Boleyn fan and have read many works on her, but this book was not a good choice for me.

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Good Historical Information

Took some time to get motivated to continue with this book, but once past the first few pages I found I wanted
to reach the final conclusion. Be patient and enjoy.

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Interesting Enjoyable Story

Not quite the book story I thought I was getting, but really good non the less.
I felt like I was in a college history class lead by a professor that was interesting, knowledgeable and brought the characters to life in a new light. Wanted to keep going to class!

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Well Researched

It is always exciting to find new facts searched on the Tudor Era, especially from women. We have wonderful, also well searched historical novels that I have grown to love over the past 20 years. I find myself yearning to know more.

These women have even more connection as I find myself to be a descendant of several famous (and infamous) strong women often labeled at she-wolves, whores and bitches by the male dominated field of historians and scribes. Viewing a woman 's paradigm enlightens the paths taken by these often unpopular woman that changed the world in their limited capacities. Anne's role in enlightening a king to different point of view released England from the tyranny of the powerful increasingly corrupted Catholic church, opening the way for reform world wide. Then to give birth to one of the greatest queens in history, Elizabeth I, etched a firm place for Anne in history. She created a wake of events that left her both hated and loved the world over.

As much as I appreciate the author's obvious enthusiasm, another reader may have done this audio book more justice. I don't mean to be unkind, it is a rare author (like Toni Morrison) that possesses that gift.

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Absolutely Brilliant

Thankyou Hayley for your long awaited book. It was absolutely worth waiting for, I couldn’t wait for the hard copy so bought the audible copy, love listening to you reading your own work. I’m loving every second of it.

Sonia from Twitter.

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A Complete Exoneration

A completely engaging, and factual telling of the story of Anne Boleyn. I'm so grateful that I found this, and I'm so grateful that the author did the painstaking research to factually report the truth of her life. If you have any interest in the Tudors, this is a must read!

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Is History Lying?

I'm only going to say one (or two) things regarding Hayley Nolan's claim that we've been duped by historians. I am in no way questioning Nolan's knowledge of Tudor history. I'm not a Tudor scholar. (Not saying that Nolan isn't.) Howev-errrrr, I think it's as unfair as Anne's accusers. Nolan doesn't do enough to convince me that historical accounts concerning Boleyn are inaccurate. Are they truly lies? Lost in translation? Asking me to deny history based on Nolan's logic and perception is just...illogical. Yes! I agree that Anne was vilified by her enemies. I logically believe that Anne's words/behavior were twisted to benefit her rivals - rivals seeking to ruin the Queen. But, asking me to believe this as truth is as bad as, well, being lied to.

Final verdict: In order to call it "500 years of Lies" I'm going to need more evidence that this is more than mere "logic". How and where did you find this truth? If I were basing this book solely on debate...then, yes! Debate away.



* I listened to the Audible version. I recommend this edition rather than the actual book. I have both. Nolan is engaging. She gives a passionate analysis. The narration is like listening to that clever know-it-all from school. You know the one. Always arguing with the professor. Had to be right; determined to make you see things their way.

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Author is so enthusiastic!

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it! Author brought up issues about Henry VIII and his wives that I had never considered, and then used contemporary sources to clarify Anne and her relationship with the King. Really well done.

I loved this enough to have it on my short list for my my annual book club pick!

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  • Ke Donn
  • 12-12-19

Dreadful narration ruins what could be a good book

oh lord, I've suffered through some dreadfully narrated books but this one is unbearable. Such a shame because the concept of the book appeals greatly.
sadly returned

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  • Jody
  • 12-18-19

Great book Terrible narration

If you don’t know your history and haven’t studied Anne Boleyn this book is for you
It has some very good points and it’s researched well.
Sadly it’s written as if to appeal to twenty year olds with references to hashtags and the like.
Awesome.
It’s as though the author wishes to target a new audience, yet she alludes a few times in the book who the readers of this genre usually are, yet this way of writing is definitely not going to appeal to them.
It’s not as groundbreaking like the author would like you to think.
If you’re of reasonable intelligence and have knowledge of this period, what she has written is no great surprise. All she has done is provide documented accounts of what we knew to be true all along.
Yet she arrogantly believes she’s singlehandedly put to rights the story of Anne Boleyn’s death.

But to the readers new to this subject matter it definitely clears up those silly urban myths.

NOTE; If you want to purchase this book buy the paper copy or the kindle version.
It’s good to hear authors read their own work. They are the best choices to bring it to life because they know their own writing style, but in this case the author’s intonation and sarcastic points at the end of every few sentences is annoying. Think Miranda Hart.
It’s like she’s reading to a classroom of six year olds and trying to keep them interested. The points are extremely interesting already, you’re defeating the object with the silly voices.



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  • Becca
  • 01-22-20

a no from me, chief

didn't finish this. i found the narrator grating and the use of slang and "sass" over the top and took away from the facts that were being presented. it's a shame as the concept was really interesting.

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  • David Seabright
  • 01-18-20

Absolutely amazing

A huge amount of a well dissected history that is not only captivating but also informative how history is written. The author is eloquent with true crucial facts that gets buried and never properly credited. A real must read to those who look to understand how things can go really wrong when it involves individuals with personality disorder - despite the time-space continuum! I loved reading this book and I think if you truly value how history helps us to understand how we got to here, then start with this book.

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  • kimberley
  • 01-10-20

Interesting

I am a huge tudor history fan and was intrested to hear about this new take on history. I have come out the other side and all i can say is... interesting...there are a lot of radical ideas in this book. Some ideas make sense other idea's of Hayley's less so, if you look at history in it's plainest form they don't add up.
I'm pleased i listened but not one i fell i would listen to again.
Hayley however was a great narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-19

What a book!!

I bought the Audible version of the book on release day because I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. Boy am I glad I did! Hearing Hayley read her book in her own impassioned way was a real treat and a great way to experience the review of the tale that is Anne Boleyn. The arguments were reasonable and from a psychological point of view, they made sense. It made me wonder how many sociopaths I interact with 😐
Bravo to the author for the many years of hard work and research that went into this gem of a book.