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Tudors Audiobook

Tudors: The History of England From Henry VIII to Elizabeth I: History of England, Book 2

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From Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I, the age of the Tudors comes to vivid life in audio.

Peter Ackroyd, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life in this monumental audiobook in his History of England series, charting the course of English history from Henry VIII's cataclysmic break with Rome to the epic rule of Elizabeth I.

Rich in detail and atmosphere, Tudors is the story of Henry VIII's relentless pursuit of both the perfect wife and the perfect heir; of how the brief royal reign of the teenage king, Edward VI, gave way to the violent reimposition of Catholicism and the stench of bonfires under "Bloody Mary". It tells, too, of the long reign of Elizabeth I, which, though marked by civil strife, plots against her, and even an invasion force, finally brought stability.

Above all it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.

©2012 Peter Ackroyd (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Leslie abingdon, MD, USA 07-02-15
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    "A Great Listen for Any Anglophile"

    This second work by Ackroyd on British history is equally informative and fascinating as the first. The length of time covered here is considerably shorter and easier to get your head around. The narrator's style becomes familiar and is much less distracting. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment: The Reformation.

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    "Don't give up on the narrator"

    I had some trouble getting used to Clive Chaffer's style, but I stuck with it. I became accustomed to it and I'm glad I did. The story is certainly worth having the patience to get used to him. Try speeding the audio up; that helps some. I'm now a Clive Chaffer fan!

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    J. Fuge 10-06-15
    J. Fuge 10-06-15 Member Since 2017

    something better

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    "Excellent overview of the periods."
    If you could sum up Tudors in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, informative, well researched.


    What other book might you compare Tudors to and why?

    Many excellent books have been written about this family and this is one more.<br/>


    What about Clive Chafer’s performance did you like?

    Well performed and clear<br/><br/>


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    L. Washburn 09-06-15
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    "Well written"

    very detailed ; long, but well -researched and well-written. good narration. you have to really want to learn about English history to read it, but you don't have to know a lot about it ahead of time

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    M. Nelson Houston, TX 03-06-15
    M. Nelson Houston, TX 03-06-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Horrible narrator"

    The narrator sounds like a news corespondent with the exact same inflection at the ends of sentences, over and over and over. I couldn't stand more than a half hour so I can't review the actual book.

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    S Day 01-26-16
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    "I didn't want to hear a news broadcast."

    I struggled through as much as I could. The narrator has fantastic diction, but has the soubd of a news reporter.

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    Adam Shields 06-09-17 Member Since 2014

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    "The history of the Tudors & English Reformation"

    When I was a student, history was always one of my favorite subjects. But European history, other than the very broadest of strokes, was something that I never formally studied. As an adult, my lack of European history keeps coming up as a lack of understanding of current European events.

    My one advantage has been a decent Christian history background. I have read a number of books on the Reformation and some on other parts of early Christian history. This history of the Tudors is in large part a history of the English Reformation. From Henry VIII’s movement away from the Roman Catholic church to the backlash against the English Reformation under Mary to the re-assertion of the Anglican church under Elizabeth, the English Reformation is inseparable from the Tudors.

    About a year ago I read a Very Short Introduction to the Tudors, which while helpful, mostly skipped the religious aspects of the era. If anything, Ackroyd probably spent too much time on the religious issues during the reign of the Tudors.

    Part of what was very helpful about this book was Ackroyd’s attention to the cultural and religious understanding of the office of King/Queen. When you believe that you have been placed in authority by a direct action of God, it is not surprising when you do not take criticism well.

    Ackroyd also was careful in his exploration of the religious devotion of each of the Tudors as well as their blindspots. Henry’s infidelity does not pair well with his religious devotion. But he seems to have been actually devote, although unbothered by frequent infidelity. Elizabeth similarly was actually devote but vain and viewed insults as treason.

    I never cease to be amazed when reading history easy it is to see parallels in current events. They are not always direct, but history is so helpful to provide understanding for current events.

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    JamesR Beautiful Michigan 05-23-17
    JamesR Beautiful Michigan 05-23-17 Member Since 2013

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    "A must for England historians"

    Objective discourse on the Tudors. Be sure to get the previous book in the series Foundation!

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    Pin West Kempsey, Australia 03-04-17
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    "Narrator ?? hmmmmmm !"

    If you can persevere with the narrator you can get used to it and be offended by the narration less and less frequently until eventually you won't notice it. Extraordinary intonation but wonderfully clear diction. Information very interesting and well written.

    I'm an insomniac and I'm glad I bought this book because I use it as a sleep aid...the narration inflections are a predictable pattern.

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    R. Sexton Barrington, IL USA 03-02-17
    R. Sexton Barrington, IL USA 03-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Distracting narrator"

    The book itself was quite good and well-written, but the reader's intonation is highly distracting. Almost every clause ends with the same inflection, whether mid-sentence, the end of a paragraph, or the end of a chapter. It gives the impression that no line of thought is ever complete, and it makes the story hard to follow. The problem slowly fades over the course of the book, or maybe I just started to get used to it and filter it out. Nonetheless, I will not purchase another audiobook narrated by Clive Chafer.

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