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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir has earned her reputation as the preeminent historian of British royalty. Now with Innocent Traitor, Weir utilizes her vast knowledge and captivating narrative style to craft her first historical novel, choosing Lady Jane Grey, the most sympathetic heroine of Tudor England, as her enthralling subject.

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Jane is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

Weir's striking novel sweeps readers back through the centuries to witness firsthand one of the most poignant tales from a time of constant scheming and power brokering.

©2007 Alison Weir; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Weir proves herself deft as ever." (Publishers Weekly)
"Complex yet completely absorbing....A brilliantly vivid and psychologically astute novel." (Booklist)

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GREAT book!

What did you love best about Innocent Traitor?

I loved that I honestly felt like I got to know Jane Grey. Her absolutely resolve to stay true to herself, regardless of what that meant for her life on earth. The story is so told so wonderfully in different views of the participants involved. You hate her parents, you root for her at the end, even though you know the outcome of her life. You keep thinking things are actually going to go her way and almost seems shocking to approach the final outcome. I hated the manipulating of the politics involved and she was just caught in the middle of others' ambitions. I would almost be yelling at the people who wronged her, wanting to physically punch them for what they did to her.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the different perspectives of the characters. That's how life truly is. People are thinking they are doing the right thing with little or no conscience care for how it may affect someone else.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators are amazing.

If you could rename Innocent Traitor, what would you call it?

I like the title, it is totally fits her life.

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**LOVED IT**

What did you love best about Innocent Traitor?

I couldn’t stop listening.. and when i wasn’t listening I was thinking about it. I really was intrigued with this little lady Jane. It kept blowing me away to realize how young she was, and how tragic her short life was.
This isn’t the usual mystery that I read, but I think I will look for more

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

I would have suggested that she have more water handy.. some of her throat gurglings.. were a little distracting.

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  • Linda
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 01-11-12

Good book

Enjoyed this very much as I love reading anything to do with English/Tudor type books.

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  • Kelly
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 01-06-12

Love it! Alison Weir's best!

Where does Innocent Traitor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What other book might you compare Innocent Traitor to and why?

Any book by Alison Weir or Phillippa Gregory

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The story of Jane Grey was just awesome...never thought she'd turn out to be one of my favorite Tudors!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The forgotten Tudor.

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  • Judy
  • Arlington, VA, United States
  • 12-28-11

Inventive style

Would you listen to Innocent Traitor again? Why?

I have read many of Weir's histories but this was my first experience with her fiction. She is a great story teller and knowing of her interest in the period made this a particularly good read. I would listen again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Innocent Traitor?

It was eerie to listen as events in Lady Jane's life portended her death. Her almost violent reaction to the ruby necklace -- looking like drops of blood around her throat -- sent chills up my spine. Having the story told in snatches and in first person was a very effective way of seeing how the characters developed and their reaction to the events.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The multiple voices worked very well. Each made you think you had just met the character he/she represented.

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  • Phyllis
  • Annapolis, MD, United States
  • 12-14-11

Royal Court Intrigue

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No, it was an historical novel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lady Jane. Amazed at her accomplishments at such a young age.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emotion.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, I did. But the facts of the book and movie differed regarding the relationship between Lady Jand and her husband, Dudley.

Any additional comments?

Always enjoy the danger of the English court. Politics reign forever!

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history at its best !!

Any additional comments?

Extremely accurate. Not knowing much about Lady Jane, I researched the Internet as I was reading. Another innocent and tragic casualty to greed, pride and religious fanaticism.

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  • Sarai
  • Genoa, NE
  • 12-05-11

Amazing

If you could sum up Innocent Traitor in three words, what would they be?

Romantic and enticing I never wanted to stop listening to it.

What did you like best about this story?

It made me want to just keep listening to it.

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  • Angela
  • United States
  • 02-22-11

Couldn't Stand Her

It was inevitable that I listen to this book; I am always a sucker for anything related to the Tudor dynasty. The reviews of this book were all fantastic, so I thought that this would be a prefect match. I liked the narration, though, I read another review that said if you didn't already understand who the characters were, it might be difficult to understand. I can agree with that. As for the book itself, I could not find one character in it that I liked. The "child version" of Jane spoke as if she were 30 and not 4, which I find completely unbelievable, even of a noble born of the day. The story was a bit much... this poor poor poor girl... put upon by everyone in her life.... she's so good, so virtuous, so intelligent, so caring, so perfect, so everything she's supposed to be, and everyone around her is cruel and heartless and selfish. Frankly, I could not wait for the Lady Jane to finally lose her head.

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  • CB
  • 01-24-11

Too long

The story was good but it could have been shorter. It would
have benefited from better editing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful