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Jasper Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor, has grown up far from the intrigue of the royal court. But after he and his brother Edmund are summoned to London, their half brother, King Henry VI, takes a keen interest in their future.
Bestowing earldoms on them both, Henry also gives them the wardship of the young heiress Margaret Beaufort. Although she is still a child, Jasper becomes devoted to her and is devastated when Henry arranges her betrothal to Edmund.
He seeks solace in his estates and in the arms of Jane Hywel, a young Welsh woman who offers him something more meaningful than a dynastic marriage. But passion turns to jeopardy for them both as the Wars of the Roses wreak havoc on the realm. Loyal brother to a fragile king and his domineering queen, Marguerite of Anjou, Jasper must draw on all his guile and courage to preserve their throne - and the Tudor destiny.
"An enthralling blend of fact and fiction, drama and danger, passion and politics." ( Lancashire Evening Post )
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By Laurel on 03-27-17
War of the Roses, Again
Beautifully performed, beautifully written. The voices were beautifully done, each distinctive, accents good, very identifiable. A huge problem with many audiobooks is that they are written to be read and many cues that make the story easier to follow are lost in the audio version. These were beautifully and easily handled. Each chapter was written from the perspective of a main character. Each chapter was introduced in the character's voice and also gave their location. It would have been nice if they always gave the year too because there were a couple jumps of several years. As an example: "Chapter X, Jane, Pembrook Castle and the Welsh Marshes, 1458. This made the story easy to follow and very enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By T P Stephenson on 09-21-17
great engaging story
Would you consider the audio edition of First of the Tudors to be better than the print version?
What did you like best about this story?
It's true to history
What about Tom Clegg and Non Haf ’s performance did you like?
loved their narration and the difference between them
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
great story, great history, great people
By lateral thinking on 06-28-17
What would have made First of the Tudors better?
It's near impossible to understand the 'So called' Welsh, I only got through 15 minutes and had to turn it off.
Has First of the Tudors put you off other books in this genre?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I found it hard to understand the reader, so lost the thread of the story very early on.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First of the Tudors?
Not listening to more than 15 minutes, I don't feel I'm able to comment,
Any additional comments?
I was so disappointed with the narration, I looked forward to listening to this book, what a let down.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful