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If your a Tudor history fan this is deep and thorough. But it is a history - not a fictionalization scandal funhouse - so be prepared for some dry content but faithful telling of a queens life.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I usually love Carolly Erickson's books but this one failed to capture me. Mary Tudor is certainly an Interesting subject so I don't know why I was unable to connect here. Ms. Erickson provides plenty of information in a well written format and the narration was okay but I just found myself wandering while listening.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Bloody Mary again? Why?
Yes. As with most history books I read them several times and this is full of interesting information, from a different perspective, that takes a few reads to understand and absorb. Interestingly this is written from a sympathetic point of view, and allows the reader to look at Mary in a slightly different light. The background information is thorough, which is important I think if we are to put her life and the events surrounding her reputation into some perspective.
What other book might you compare Bloody Mary to, and why?
This could be compared to Antonia Frazier or Alison Weir.
What aspect of Corrie James’s performance might you have changed?
The narrator was excellent but was completely let down by the poor production. There are a few repititions and pauses throughout the whole recording which was a little off putting.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. This is a book that needs to be listened to little and often. There is a lot of information to take in which is great, but it needs some thought and perspective between chapters.
Any additional comments?
Would recommend despite dodgy recording. It is an eye opener and a different look at the notorious queen. If you are interested in the Reformation it will give you some insight into fanatical thinking of the age. Mary was also the first crowned female monarch and therefore a fascinating story for that alone.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I loved this audiobook. The story is beautifully written, taking many quotes from the people who surrounded Mary Tudor. It really changed my poor opinion of Bloody Mary - she was actually very kind at most times in her life. The narrator was perfectly suited (British accent) and very nicely spoken.