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Publisher's Summary

Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.
©1986 Margaret George (P)1998 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable achievement....Magnificently researched and admirably written." (Mary Stewart) "It doth brim with lust, violence, cruelty, and living conservation....Margaret George has found a new and fresh way to tell the story." (Detroit Free Press) "Her novel is a...banquet feast for most readers...astonishing. There's rousing drama, robust atmosphere, and consistently solid characterization; and finally, Margaret George's triumph is anchored in the urgent rhythm her writing attains." (Forth Worth Star Telegram)

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  • Teresa
  • Erie, CO, United States
  • 02-17-12

Interesting Perspective and Lots of History

I really enjoy a nice historical fiction that entices me to start “google-ing” for more information. This author did a great job of presenting the dry historical facts in an entertaining and intriguing manner which made the motivations, from Henry VIII’s perspective, seem plausible; particularly since she did not attempt to absolve him of all guilt.

The narrator was pretty good as a “strait narrator.” He was not what I would call a “voice actor,” though. To be fair, however, this book did not lend itself to a multi-rolled vocal performance.

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  • Gayle
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 01-12-12

Nicely done!

I was leery about this one at first but was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy this type of book when it's a story and not just a dry, text book sort of thing. This one really delivlers!

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Perfect Story for Listening

Since this is an Autobiography being narrated to you by the actual king himself it is the perfect setting for the audiobook format. However even though David Chase is an excellent reader, he was a miscast for this particular story.
His voice is perfect for inserted comments of the aged Will Sommers, and other characters. However due to the raspy, 10 cigarettes a day quality his particular voice does not sound as if the King is reading his own biography, and thus dampens the experience somewhat, but not enough to make it unenjoyable.
The story is superb and engaging, and raspy voice aside David Chase is a good narrator and so I would definitely recommend this as an audio book that will bring you many entertaining hours.

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Utterly Brilliant

This has been one the greatest books I have ever read! The audio book is spectacular! Henry the 8th is a larger then life historical person, and this is a perfect audiobook! I highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • June
  • Baton Rouge, LA, United States
  • 06-23-11

Great Book!

I was hesitant to get into this book- one of the longest audios I've experienced (War and Peace being another long audio that I enjoyed) and I was very pleased with the experience. The author was able to hold my interest the entire time! A bit hesitant at first to begin such a long audio, I was sorry when it was ending!

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A great romp

This book is a fine introduction to the life of the most overexposed and misunderstood character in the English-speaking world. Endlessly entertaining but, whenever possible, following the historical record. That's not to say it doesn't take some dramatic liberties. I enjoyed the writing and over-the-top narration very much.

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  • Michelle
  • Plant City, FL, United States
  • 09-22-10

The Autobiography of Henry VIII

I loved this! The narrator was wonderful, the author equally as wonderful and Henry the VIII "human". I recommend all to read or listen.

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  • LL
  • 08-30-10

Delicious!

I have read quite a bit about Henry VIII and his various wives and had enjoyed this title in book form. When I needed a good, long book to listen to on my iPod I bought this one and was immediately engrossed. Henry tells his own story (with commentary by his fool Wil Somers) and it is a story full of excess, romance, murder, intrigue and behind the scenes plots and counter plots. Quite thrilling! Even for such a long story, by the time I go to the end I still wanted more.

David Case has an excellent voice and paces his reading perfectly. I highly recommend this audio book as it is well worth the 2 credits.

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Wonderful Historical Fiction -- Loved It!

This is the second Margaret George novel I've listened to and I'm hooked. The story of Henry the 8th was fascinating. It was really interesting to see how he progressed from one wife to the next. George even managed to make King Henry a sympathetic character, which I did not expect. I highly recommend this book for both the quality of the story and the excellent narration.

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  • benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 11-13-12

Out of 500 audiobooks, THIS IS THE VERY BEST!!!

My favorite audiobook of all time!

This novel is the culmination of 14 years of hard work and research. It is a psychological portrayal of Henry VIII from his own perspective. This is a masterpiece that outshines every book I've yet read. I doubt I will find anything that compares.

The narrator is outstanding; the story itself is beyond my expectations. At 41 hours, I wished only that the book would not end. You will see a side Henry VIII you've never encountered.

A MUST BUY!!! Truly a classic of historical fiction! DON'T PASS THIS ONE UP!

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