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Why would a woman marry a serial killer?

Because she cannot refuse....

Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father, who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted 16 months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride, and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent.

But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy - the punishment is death by fire, and the king's name is on the warrant....

From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer.

©2015 Philippa Gregory (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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  • Karin
  • 10-19-15

Disappointing

Have read nearly everything by Phillipa Gregory but first one as an audio book. The whole book was spoiled by the voice of the reader. There were very odd pronunciations of certain words. The story itself was quite good in that it gave an insight into Katherine Parr, of which little is known. She has often been depicted as a nurse wife, married to tend an ailing King in his last years, so it was interesting to learn more of her thirst for knowledge.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-15

Good plot, some niggles

Usual good plot and characterisation by the author. Let down by some annoying repetition, and strange pronunciation by the reader, for example, Latin, courtier and Hereward, the former two occurring so frequently as to become irritating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 08-19-15

Really njoyable read but finishes too early

I found this a fascinating take on the last Queen Kate & the religious backdrop of the final few years of Henry VIII reign. I particularly noted with interest the relationships Katherine had with Anne Askew & her inner circle. This part of her life was defined clearly along with the absolute terror she must have felt negotiating her safety with a tyrant such as Henry. What was less clear was the relationships with her stepchildren (particularly Elizabeth) & that with Thomas Seymour. For me, the book ended too early & I would loved to have seen Philippa Gregory's take on the final 18 months of Katherine's life (post marriage to Thomas Seymour) but I suppose that was a sign I was enjoying this story as it left me wanting more.

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  • grace
  • 02-01-17

The voice

What did you like best about The Taming of the Queen? What did you like least?

The view of the 6th queen was an interesting portrayal, but the only way i could listen to the aufull voice of the narrator was to put the reading speed at 1.25 speed

How could the performance have been better?

A better reader

Was The Taming of the Queen worth the listening time?

No

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-17

survival

a really good story from the perspective of an often forgotten Queen, I do wish the book had continued to Katherine 's Death after finally giving birth to her daughter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-17

Gripping and illuminating ...

Chilling, enthralling and brilliant. Well read and really takes one inside the court of Henry V and what it took to survive there and how important religion was.

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  • Mrs. O. W. Hawkins
  • 11-05-17

Annoying pronunciation

A really enjoyable book other than the way Latin was spoken as La in, so many times that it jarred, otherwise superb!

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  • Sangita
  • 06-02-16

Extraordinary

It's easy to only see the surface and never delve deeper. With the history of King Henry and his 6 wives, it never appeared to me how on the contrary of "comical" the tale was. The focus on the array aspects of the Tudor life allows one to imagine it as their very own reality. Upon first reading the book I thought to myself, Henry doesn't seem that bad- he loves his wife very much. But as the story developed, the Machiavelli character that he is come to full surface- shaking all sense of control.

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  • tupps
  • 05-08-16

Certain pronounciations were really irritating

What made the experience of listening to The Taming of the Queen the most enjoyable?

Good story, good balance of characters in the struggle for power and survival in the Tudor Court. Lots of historical detail. Katherine Parr as a feminist icon. The religious controversies were set out clearly. Interesting enough to keep me hooked as suspense and tension built in really well. Henry VIII drawn rather cartoonish and description of sexual encounters that begin the book are rather overblown.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katherine Parr as through her own intelligence she is presented as surving plots to destroy her.

What aspect of Bianca Amato’s performance might you have changed?

The way the reader pronounced 'latin' which is littered throughout the book was infuriating. Sounded like 'laten'. Seems trivial but was really irritating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Suspenseful despite knowing how the story ends.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable.

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  • Rosemarie
  • 04-17-16

Absolutely brilliant!

Really enjoyable story holds your attention until the end Phillipa Gregory brings history to life