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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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  • Rgr
  • Parkton, MD, US
  • 12-02-17

16th Century Reality TV

Given that this is a nonfiction book, I was concerned that it might become dry and tedious. However, I found it held my attention more than many historical fiction books I have read. I highly recommend it. It is pure reality TV 16th Century style. You couldn’t make it up!

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Well researched

Alison Weir did a great job in putting together the background and stories of the wives of the infamous Henry VIII. A lot was happening behind the scenes in these women’s lives.
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great history in a easy to digest manner.

the author manages to take a lengthy and complex subject and make it approachable and easy to digest. I will definitely be listening to other books by her. top notch and 10/10

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Not a story book

when I got this book, I thought it would be a story about the wives of Henry the 8th. However it is a wonderful historical review of what had happened. I'm sure that it is accurate and it definitely was entertaining. But it was not what I expected it to be.

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Oh Henry!

Alison Weir's absolutely fabulous account of Henry's impossible quest for the perfect mate and the quintessential male heir holds the reader's interest for all of its 22 plus hours.

Surprise: Henry's own blood type may have been the culprit in the serial miscarriages and infant deaths visited upon his various partners. And to think that he blamed the women.

Narrator Prebble is perfect

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Most amazing book ever. Loved every minute or it. Fascinating! History rocks! May listen to it again soon. 👍

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A thoroughly good listen!

A thoroughly engaging book, read so beautifully by Simon Prebble who could read the phone book and I would pay to listen! The story of Henry VIII's wives is impressively well researched, and compiled in such a way that it felt like half of its 22hrs length, and left me wanting more!

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Great read/listen!!!!

I've read this book numerous times and always enjoyed it. Recently, after finishing another book, I sat for a moment thinking "what would I truly love to read?" and this was it. Tremendously pleased to discover I could listen to it. Fabulous. Thank you Audible!!

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a fantastic read for any Tudorphile!

I was captivated from start to finish. straight forward read, with a touch of whimsy.

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Interesting read

I enjoyed this book, as I do Alison Weir's other works, but I do have some complaints. She spent way too much discussing Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. I recognize that it was a major part of Henry VIII's life, but it's also something that's pretty well known. I would have enjoyed more on his other wives. However, this book shows its age when Weir discusses Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, and Lady Jane Grey. Much research has been done in the past 26 years to disprove or at least question the claims made in this book. So while I recommend it, don't take it at face value. Further research is needed.

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  • Ann Potter
  • 07-09-15

Excellent in every way!

Loved the book from start to finish. The narrator was lovely to listen to.

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  • S. Merry
  • 06-08-15

A bit uneven, but that's history for you

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd definitely recommend the *book* but I'm not sure I'd recommend this reading of it. It was good, but a bit uneven.

Any additional comments?

I realised, listening to this book, just how little I actually knew about the wives, and I'm pleased I finally got around to "reading" it. The wives aren't evenly addressed, of course, because we know far more about Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn than the others, even Jane Seymour. It definitely made me want to learn more about Ann of Cleves, though - she's fascinating, and definitely did very well out of her marriage to Henry - unlike the others.

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  • Cairne
  • 03-12-15

What a self absorbed monster

Fantastic, I thought I knew everything about Henry and his wives however this book was really interesting not to long winded and I didn't ever get fed up listening to it

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  • Karen Gurney
  • 02-08-15

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.

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  • Eileen
  • 09-15-13

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.

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  • Wendy
  • 05-13-16

Poor narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was not what I expected, but some useful facts incorporated

Would you recommend The Six Wives of Henry VIII to your friends? Why or why not?

I found that my history was lacking, so yes it was useful to fill in the gaps in my education

How could the performance have been better?

I hate to be critical, as it can affect whether you buy an audible book, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised when I disregard the reviews, but the narration on this was very poor.<br/>I have 10 hours that I have not listened to because it is such hard work. Been a member for years and never given up, but this has beaten me!

Did The Six Wives of Henry VIII inspire you to do anything?

Not to listen to this narrator any more. I love Alison weir as an author, I would ask her to be more selective in her narrator <br/>, I love talking books!

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