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The Last Tudor Audiobook

The Last Tudor

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'How long do I have?' I force a laugh.

'Not long,' he says very quietly. 'They have confirmed your sentence of death. You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don't have long at all.'

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block. There Jane turned her father's greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

'Learn you to die' is the advice that Jane gives in a letter to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and find love. But her lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and, when Mary dies, to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir before she does. So when Katherine's secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she, too, must go to the Tower.

'Farewell, my sister,' writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary finds it easy to keep secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth's suspicious glare. After watching her sisters defy the queen, Mary is aware of her own perilous position as a possible heir to the throne. But she is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth.

Read by Bianca Amato, narrator of Three Sisters, Three Queens and The Taming of the Queen.

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

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    09-20-17
    09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Did not enjoy"

    I do not understand the chapter arrangement of the book at all. The timeline seems to be scrambling all over the book. The authors note is in the middle of the book(chapter 30). There seems to be repetitive chapters as well. It confuses and annoyed me to no end. Not sure if it is the intention of the author or a mistake from audible.

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    Mary 08-23-17
    Mary 08-23-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow a great read"

    Apart from Lady Jane Grey I had never heard or known of the other sisters it certainly portrays Elizabeth's paranoia against her coudins. I enjoyed the story so much I am going to go back and start from the first book again.

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  • Lin
    8/12/17
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    "Loved the book but was confused by the muddle of the recording."

    The book was extremely enjoyable. I saw Elizabeth in a completely new light; Gloriana was shown in a human light, a strong but vindictive woman struggling to hold onto power and so resorting to petty jealousy and consequently subjecting people to unjust and illegal treatment. I now question whether it was her strength or that of her advisors which enabled her to hold on to her throne.
    However there was clearly a poor editing of the recording as part way through with a long way still to go before the end the final several chapters were read out which as well as spoiling the ending through myself into some confusion.
    Other than that I would certainly say this is a highly enjoyable book and introduced me to a previously unexplored side of Elizabeth's court.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • ZENA
    9/6/17
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    "The unknown Tudor stories is tragic and spellbinding"

    This book has been wonderful for me , an avid Tudor reader . This unknown tutor story was difficult to hear at times as it's so hard to think of these women going through such torment with no support from the law of the day .
    But what a story the author has created for us , out the pain comes love and life and courage .
    The reader bianca is fantastic and brings these incredible ladies to life .
    Zena x

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • miss strang
    9/12/17
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    "yet again amazing work"

    brings to life the story of those the classroom has choose to forget ... outstanding once again !



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  • Christine
    petersfield, United Kingdom
    9/18/17
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    "The most depressing book I've ever listened to"

    I'm an avid fan of Gregory and have enjoyed all her books until now. This book is a constant tale of woe with nothing uplifting or redeeming about it. I kept going in the hope of something happy but no it is a Book of misery.

    Historically it may have been accurate but it offered a very 2 dimensional view of Queen Elizabeth with no reference to her intelligence, learning or abilities. It merely depicts her as a jealous peevish and frivolous woman.

    The narrator spend the whole 19 hours sounding like she is on the verge of tears (poor woman she can't have enjoyed reading this one) Bianca is a talented narrator it's such a pity she had to drag herself through this story.

    At the end of the book Gregory states it to be her last Tudor story - perhaps as well, she is obviously running out of ideas.

    If you are given to feeling low dont listen to this book. I was not but I still wish I hadn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    8/24/17
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    "Fantastic!"

    Another wonderful audiobook from Philippa. Bianca's narration is great and I just love Philippa's stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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