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A novel filled with fresh insights into the story of Henry VIII's second - and most infamous - wife, Anne Boleyn. The new book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, from the acclaimed historian and best-selling author of Katherine of Aragon.

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his queen and all Cardinal Wolsey's plans for a dynastic French marriage.

Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland's son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the king's advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart. But hers is an opportunist family. And whether Anne is willing or not, they will risk it all to see their daughter on the throne.

©2017  Alison Weir (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Anne's Other Side

With her uncanny ability to bring historical facts to living color, Alison has brought life and some notoriety to an otherwise overlooked character in King Henry's repertoire. Previously, I thought only of Anne as a conniving wench who used her sexuality to lure a king and displace a queen.
Fancy or fact, she has become someone of substance and conscience who let jealousy, greed, and power lead her into the sins that ultimately sealed her fate. She, perhaps inadvertently and selfishly, gave credence and fuel to the Protestant reformation and exposure to the corruption that had insidiously overtaken the church at that time.
I definitely recommend this novel and the author for great creativity, insight and intrigue.

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Very good read

This is a case of truth is stranger than fiction. You cannot make up this stuff up!

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Not historical accurate or even close

While overall this was a fairly enjoyable book, I definitely have some complaints. I know it is historical fiction, and authors can take some liberties with history because it’s fiction. But I have a problem when they completely disregard accepted history or have theories that have no historical basis at all.

My biggest issue was the way Henry and Anne’s “dating” (for lack of a better word) years were portrayed. It is widely accepted that while Henry pursued her in the first place, it was ANNE who took that relationship to the next level and decided she would be queen. She was ambitious and intelligent and she made it happen. Whereas in this book, Henry was just casually interested in Anne when he coincidentally realized that he had no sons and should pursue a divorce and find a new wife. And that might as well be Anne cuz she was around at the time. With this reasoning, Bessie Blount or Mary Boleyn could just have easily been the next queen if the timing had been right. NO. Only Anne could have masterfully kept Henry close enough but not too close to keep him coming back for more. Only Anne could have made him move heaven and earth and break with Rome to have her.

On that same thought, in this book while Anne did resist Henry’s advances at first so as not to become a casual mistress like her sister, it was HENRY who changed his tune (once he coincidentally decided he was going to marry her) that they shouldn’t sleep together so that she wouldn’t get pregnant. That was part of Anne’s game! It just makes no sense why Henry would suddenly decide to act this way with a potential mistress when he never had before. It had to have been Anne.

Speaking of Mary, I also reject that Henry raped her. She knew what she was getting into and was most likely promiscuous before Henry.

And the weirdest, craziest theory is that Katherine was poisoned and that GEORGE BOLEYN was the one responsible? Just no. She even says in her author’s note that there’s no basis for this theory. It’s just random and stupid.

All of this likely stems from the fact that Alison Weir doesn’t like Anne Boleyn, which is shown by her playing into those unfavorable characteristics, the sixth fingernail and moles, that were invented or exaggerated by Anne’s enemies. Anne had to have been beautiful. Otherwise Henry would never have liked her.

There are a few other minor complaints, but nothing of too much importance. There were things I liked, and the writing was good and kept my interest. I thought it was especially interesting the way Anne’s death was portrayed. Definitely something to think about!!

I had some disagreements about Alison Weir’s Katherine book but at least those were based in history. This was strange and an overall unfavorable account of Anne. I hope her Jane book is better!

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nice perspectives

good twist and perspective on the Anne Boleyn story. Still a tragedy but she's not wholly a victim or villian. liked it.

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Great but too quiet.

Great story, when I could hear it. When the story called for quiet talk, it was whispered so quietly that I could only hear it with earphones from my Kindle Keyboard. I like the narrator's voice, she did both men's and women's voices very well, just needs to be louder. I love Alison Weir's historical stories and her habit of putting the year at the beginning of each chapter.

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Obsessed!

What did you like about this audiobook?

Alison Weir really brings the Tudors to life. A richly detailed biography of this ambitious, and doomed, young woman. Weir weaves in Boelyn's quest for power over love and Henry VIII's determination to make her his queen. For anyone who is obsessed with the wives of Henry VIII, this is an excellent series. I'm looking forward to the other biographies.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I'm even more curious about the other Tudor wives and the king's descent into madness.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The audio performance is engaging. She is able to bring to life the individual voices.

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Amazing story, well written and performed

One of the most amazing stories in history, brought to life in well-written, historically accurate novel form. Performed EXTREMELY well. The only downside (minor) is that it is just a bit long — trimming a few scenes would not have damaged the impact of the story or the performance. Truly enjoyed.

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Catherine vs Anne

I first read Catherine of Aragon and the first part of this book covered much of the same material through the eyes of Anne.
As for the debate over the morals of Anne and her sister, Mary, I have no idea of the truth in those matters, but the book was interesting and well written.

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Excellent in narration, interesting perspective

Few have dared to take on the perspective of Anne herself. Many prefer to paint her as the villain she was convicted of being, while some have acknowledged that some of the things she was accused of had to have been impossible, but the others may have been likely. Allison Weir could be criticized for taking too kind an approach, and makes Anne almost completely blameless in this version. Her worst crime, well, I’ll leave that to you discover, but it’s really not so bad. This version, too, has its arguments but it was nice to see for once. I’ve so often seen Anne Boleyn painted as selfish, conniving, manipulative, and The most grievous trait any woman could possessed, oversexed. It’s nice to for one see her portrayed simply as an honest person, manipulated by forces greater than herself, making the best she can out of a situation largely beyond her control.

Rosalyn’s narration, as ever, is pleasing and riveting. My only criticism is all of the men sound precisely the same. Beyond that, perfection.

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I like The Other Boleyn Girl better

Anne is annoying in this book. She’s more conniving in TOBG. Her character doesn’t seem fleshed out well or something like that.

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