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I love these books that are narrated by three persons! Along with 'The Help' that I rave about constantly, the 'Boleyn Inheritance' is one of those. Exquisite writing, matched with beautiful narration made this book a joy to listen to. I must say though, the only reason this book does not get 5 stars across of board is because I listened the Abridged version (by mistake of course because I normally never listen to Abridged books unless I must). The narration in the Abridged book was just plain better, the one here is great, superb, beautiful, but the other one is in fact better. Do not let that stop you from getting this book though! I would also suggest you give 'The Other Boleyn Girl' a listen too prior to this if you can because this builds so well from it.
Overall... if you like Historical Lit set in that Renaissance period... You will LOVE this book!
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What made the experience of listening to Boleyn Inheritance the most enjoyable?
I actually really enjoyed the three different narrators. I had never listened to a book with more than one and wasnt sure how well it would play out, but it was marvelous!!!!
Bianca Amato is Anne of Cleves, Queen 3. She did a great job depicting a woman with a strict upbringing trying to get through facing a foreign, unknown, court without any familiarity of the language or their culture. She shows strength and fear, and is yet regal and holds her head high. I found myself doing so as well.
Charlotte Parry... wow. Her depiction of Katherine Howard, the young 4th Queen, really gives a clear visual of what this silly teenager who is driven by gowns, dancing, and flirting, had and just how pettily she lost it. Charlotte really portrayed the image precisely!
Davina Porter expresses the tight, bitter tones of Jane Boleyn, sister in law of Ann Boleyn. You want to dislike her, but find yourself feeling sorry for her. The seemingly evil choices shes made, and will continue to make, are not necessarily because she is evil, but more a product of her circumstances. She isnt exactly entirely a victim though, the greedy thing, and her fate....? Maybe one reaps what one sows.
Well well done by all three women!!
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that it was a story of two of the Queens that we really know little about. They played a huge part in that period of history, and yet their stories aren't as spectacular as some of the others, nor as documented, so not much is said about them.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
Anne of Cleves. She was just lovely. Much is unknown about her and her time as queen so it was nice to get to spend some time "getting to know" her. She is portrayed as the King having thought she was ugly and foul smelling. I appreciated her point of view, and believe he really just said that about her to try to blame her for his inabilities.
Any additional comments?
Just a great addition from a great author. Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir are two wonderful historical authors. Obviously the books are written purely as fiction, but they write pretty close to history. A lot of the history from that time is speculated, so they do their best to give us an accurate, but entertaining, picture.In this particular book the abuse from Anne of Cleves mother was pribably made up. Its said that Anne was actually close with her. Might have been abuse there with her brother though I suppose. Also, Jane Boleyn didnt have a son. It was speculated for a while that she may have had one, but it was proven otherwise. Still, those two little things didn't really affect the story too much.
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