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The Last Tudor Audiobook

The Last Tudor: Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, Book 13

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Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

"Learn you to die," was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her half sister, Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine's pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister's scaffold.

"Farewell, my sister," writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth's suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies the ruthless and unforgiving Queen Elizabeth?

©2017 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Julia 08-11-17
    Julia 08-11-17 Member Since 2016

    British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.

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    "Rename it 'Three Thick Tudors'!"

    Disappointed? Yes. I have waited months and months for this book. To say that I am a fan of Philippa Gregory is a total understatement. Not only have I studied the Tudors in depth at one of the UK's finest Universities but I have adored every word that Ms. Gregory has penned. However this book, The Last Tudor, was a travesty I listened to every word hoping that it would get better. It did not.

    It is a study of the last three Tudor sisters opening with one of my favorite ladies of history Lady Jane Grey. In this book Jane is a whiney little ignoramus. In fact she seems totally clueless. Her arrogance is a complete surprise as everything that I have read about her emphasizes her humility. I know that this is historical fiction but this is going beyond dramatic license.

    After Lady Jane is promptly 'dispatched' by Queen Elizabeth I we move onto her younger sister Katherine who seems to be so darn stupid that she answers most questions with the word 'WHAT?" I lost count at how many times this stupid woman said 'WHAT?".

    Lastly we move onto Mary the youngest, and yet another member of the 'I don't have a clue Tudor club'! I was grinding my teeth listening to this character. Most frustrating part was that we learn that her husband dies. This is supposed to be the 'great passion'. So we have listened to their courtship (OH Gosh so painful) and their subsequent suffering through separation due to the ever jealous Queen Elizabeth I. Then he 'dies' as reported by some doctor. How does he die? Personally I think that he read this book and then jumped off a cliff because it was maudlin and so very non Philippa Gregory.

    The only redeeming feature was another fine performance by Bianca Amato.

    Although I really did not like this book I cannot wait to see what Ms. Gregory comes up with next as I am and will always be a fan.

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    Kim S. Maryville, TN 08-19-17
    Kim S. Maryville, TN 08-19-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful!!"

    I loved this book just like all her others. Philippa Gregory is one of the BEST Authors. I absolutely love all her books. Bianca Amato is awesome I love her voice, she does great changing from one person to another, love her. I recommend this and all her books.

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    Reademandweep 08-18-17 Member Since 2017

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Another interesting tale of forgotten sisters."

    Philippa Gregory renewed my love of history. Until I discovered her, I thought historical fiction books were all romance novels or soft poem in disguise. Although more widely known for “the other Boleyn girl“, one of my favorite books in any genre is Gregory‘s “Lady of the Rivers”.
    “The last Tudor” is not one of my favorite Gregory books but definitely worth a listen. I found myself a little irritated with the characters’ repetition of dialogue. They might say for example (completely made up dialogue here), “but I’ve done nothing, i an innocent, I have always been good, my father was good, my sister was good, I will always be good, I deserve better, I don’t deserve to be mistrusted, I don’t deserve to be all by myself. I am a cousin who deserves to be loved, I deserve to be trusted, you didn’t trust my sister, you didn’t trust my other sister, you didn’t trust my cousin or my other cousin, you have been mean to me, can’t you see that I deserve better than this?...(continue with another paragraph or two with variations on the same sentiment)”. Then, later in the book same sentiment is be repeated to someone else. I was frustrated thinking “I get it”!
    That being said, maybe it was just me because Gregory is the best at flushing out little known historical information and presenting it in a way that brings history alive. Her research into the type of food eaten, clothing worn, customs, languages and mores’ of the time periods she writes about, tells us far more than dates and times can ever convey. These are the things that help us understand history. I cannot recommend Philippa Gregory‘s books enough.

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    Stude 08-17-17
    Stude 08-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I read them all"

    Disappointing book. Interesting characters and I like the idea of examining lesser known figures but there was so little depth in the character of each Sister. So little focus on inner lives and thoughts. Got repetitive and stayed shallow. Contrast to Phillipa's earlier work.

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    Gayle Mesa, AZ, United States 08-16-17
    Gayle Mesa, AZ, United States 08-16-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Exceptional Story! As usual from Philippa Gregory!"

    This book was exactly what I have come to love from Philippa Gregory. She never disapoints!

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    Jana Giacomi Ben Lomond 08-15-17
    Jana Giacomi Ben Lomond 08-15-17 Member Since 2014

    I had been an avid reader but with limited free time to read I discovered audio books as my solution! I listen while doing chores!

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    "Amazing Historical Fiction"

    Listened to the audio and could not turn it off! A wonderful story with historical facts makes you wonder. ......

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    Ann 08-15-17
    Ann 08-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Gotta love Philippa again, just a bit too long"

    I always look forward to Philippa Gregory's books and this was another Tudor classic. It is beautifully, beautifully read by Bianca, who could make going for a carton of milk sound exciting.

    Unfortunately, this novel is a bit short on story for me. There wasn't as much to learn about these three sisters' lives as I'd like to know, so a tad unsatisfactory, in that regard.

    Still, it is worth the read if you like Philippa and this genre.

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    Deborah 08-11-17
    Deborah 08-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Stayed Up All Night!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Tudor to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the print version yet, I do not know if the audible version is better. I always enjoy the narration of Bianca Amato.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Jane, Catherine and Mary Gray tie up the loose ends surrounding the cousins of Queens Mary and Elizabeth. I've been a student, both formally and casually, of English and British history for many years and have enjoyed the works for Philippa Gregory as they fill in missing pieces and attach personality to the many characters.


    If you could take any character from The Last Tudor out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    My dinner guest would definitely be Mary, the grandmother of the young ladies and sister of Henry VIII. Hers was a long and eventful life, from the marriage to a French king...elopement with her lower born first choice...subsequent financiall punishment by her brother...and more. I suspect she would have endless stories to tell about Ann B., her sister Margaret married off at 13 years to King James of Scotland, and the formidable grandmother who kept them all under her thumb until her death.


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    Mary Smiroldo Corrales, NM 08-21-17
    Mary Smiroldo Corrales, NM 08-21-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Repetitive"

    Ordinarily I rate five stars for all of Phillippa Gregory's books. This one is definitely a "winding down" of her work on the Tudors. With her other works, I never look forward to the end. Not so with this one. At least two hours could have been cut from the audio without loosing a thing. That being said, I did enjoy the story, and, as always, Bianca Amato is wonderful! She is my favorite narrator of all times, and is perfect for Gregory's books. I am sorry that this is the last of Gregory's books on the Tudors, but will look forward to whatever she has planned for the future.

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    Elle 2003 California 08-19-17
    Elle 2003 California 08-19-17
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    "Worst Philippa Gregory book in years."

    This reads like a history book drafted in the first person. Even worse, the POV characters apparently inherited the mental dexterity of Katherine Howard in the Boelyn Inheritance (except instead of being obsessed with dresses, Jane Grey is fixated on religious achievement and Catherine Grey on her pets and Edward Seymour). If Ms. Gregory we're going to reprise a past book, I wish it had not been the Boleyn Inheritance, heretofore my least favorite.

    If anything, this is even worse than the Boleyn Inheritance because it is impossible to escape the fact that, this time, Ms. Gregory had no greater purpose, it was just lazy writing. While there is at least some historical support for the use of a simple minded patter to depict Katherine Howard's thought process, there is no support whatsoever for the idea that Catherine Grey was so simple minded, and Jane Grey, of course, was viewed as a scholar, so as to her the simplistic thinking style is a particularly inexcusable disservice. I gave up on the book halfway through, when there was no attempt at all to provide an interesting explanation for what happened to Catherine's proof of marriage.

    I honestly can't believe the same woman who wrote the Other Boleyn Girl and some of her other classics wrote this. Do not recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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