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  • Traitors of the Tower

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

More than four hundred years ago, seven people - five of them women - were beheaded in the Tower of London. Three had been queens of England. The others were found guilty of treason. Why were such important people put to death? Alison Weir's gripping book tells their stories: from the former friend betrayed by a man set on being king, to the young girl killed after just nine days on the throne. Alison Weir is a wonderful storyteller. Through her vivid writing, history comes alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit like a 'school project'

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-11

Nice introduction but you will want more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Any additional comments?

This short book will give you bitesize introduction to some very complex stories of historical "traitors" and is perfect for those who are new to the subject.

The voice performance wasn't my favourite. The narrator had a very "matter of fact" way of speaking - not much feeling or performance and it leaves the book feeling a little dry.

However, overall I would recommed this book to anyone who has a passion for history and wants to learn more. Alison Weir is a great writer and historian, and she has been able to break down these topics into small informative chunks in a very adept way. So while the voice performance lets the book down a bit, its a short book so you won't have to worry about it too much.

  • The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians

  • By: Janice Hadlow
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

An intensely moving account of George III's doomed attempt to create a happy, harmonious family, written with astonishing emotional force from a stunning new history writer. George III came to the throne in 1760 as a man with a mission. He wanted to be a new kind of king, one whose power was rooted in the affection and approval of his people. And he was determined to revolutionise his private life too - to show that a better man would, inevitably, make a better ruler.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great book but...

  • By Clementi on 04-09-15

Extremely Interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is an excellent book for history lovers - it is engaging, interesting and performed well.

What did you like best about this story?

I didn't know much about this period of British history and this book seemlessly drives you through the family history (and all of the Georges) in a smooth ride which keeps you engaged and eager to hear more. Often Non Fiction books are very hard to listen to as they offer up lists of dry dates and its hard to follow but this book doesn't fall into that trap.

Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favourite?

I thought the narrator was adapt at using different voices to bring the characters to life and, more importantly, distinguish between all the characters (there are a lot of people to keep track of - often with the same name).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it is hard to do so as there is a lot of information to digest, but it certainly makes you want to come back for more. I did not get tired of listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

This book takes you on a journey through the history of this dysfunctional family. It not only gives you the facts but it dives into the relationships and gives you a fascinating insight into why the characters behaved the way they did. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about House of Hanover.

  • The Strangled Queen

  • The Accursed Kings 2
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the royal house of France.Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither heir nor wife.The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the Iron King continues to afflict his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues at the hands of fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Factual and entertaining

  • By Rebecca on 07-07-14

Factual and entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Where does The Strangled Queen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listened to and read a lot of historical novels. As this book was written in the 1950's and is a translation of the original French, I was bit nervous about whether this would live up to the modern historical novels I have read. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed. Its a different style of novel but I found it easy to get sucked into the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strangled Queen?

I don't think I can pick out one scene that is the most 'memorable'. The best thing about this book is that its historically informative while still being a entertaining story. There isn't too many dry facts and dates. Its written so you understand the time and the history behind the story but doesn't make you feel like you are listening to a history textbook. It also doesn't go too far the other way and try and give you a heart stopping tale at the neglect of the facts.

Have you listened to any of Peter Joyce’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have now moved onto the next book in the trilogy and Peter Joyce is narrating this one as well. I really enjoy his narration. His captures the different emotions of the characters with a smooth style.

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

Again, there wasn't a moment that particularly moved me, but the plight of the queen, Marguerite of Burgundy who was imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard really draws you in and makes you think about her life. She is powerful by the nature of her position and yet powerless to do anything in the face of the revenge and ambition of those who were closest to her.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book. It ended too soon and left me wanting to find out more about lives of the people written about. Thankfully there are others in the series and I am already listening to those. I would recommend this book to all fans of historical fiction.

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  • The Tudor Bride

  • By: Joanna Hickson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 23 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The thrilling story of Catherine de Valois - the French princess who became an English queen. Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory. Even the greatest of queens have rules - to break them would cost her dearly… King Henry V's new French Queen, Catherine, dazzles the crowds in England but life at court is full of intrigue and her loyal companion, Mette, suspects that the beautiful Eleanor Cobham, protégée of the Duke of Gloucester, is spying for him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I had hoped

  • By Rebecca on 09-06-14

Not as good as I had hoped

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-14

What did you like best about The Tudor Bride? What did you like least?

The story seamlessly follows on from the end of "The Agincourt Bride" and continues to tell the story of Catherine of Valois and her companion Mette. The book is written from the perspective of Mette and the story believably captures their relationship and gives you a convincing picture of the time its set in.

If you’ve listened to books by Joanna Hickson before, how does this one compare?

I loved the "The Agincourt Bride", and as soon I finished it I downloaded "The Tudor Bride". Sadly I was not sucked into the story in the same way. Its hard to say whether this was because the narrator wasn't as good or if the story wasn't as gripping.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I wasn't entirely happy with the narrator of this book. Her attempts to jump between accents didn't add anything and was sometimes annoying. It made it difficult to stick with the book.

Any additional comments?

After listening to The Agincourt Bride I really wanted to listen to this book so I could continue the story. Sadly I wasn't gripped by this book and the narration was sub parr. It was a difficult to get into this book but I persevered and I am pleased I did. Its a good book but not as good as I had hoped.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  • By: Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by: Isla Blair
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

Antonia Fraser deals with each woman in turn with sympathy - the sympathy they deserve for having had the unenviable fate of being Henry's wife. Inevitably, there was great rivalry between them; there was jealousy too: the desperate jealousy of queens who found themselves abandoned, but also the sexual jealousy of the king who discovered himself betrayed. The story Antonia Fraser tells is romantic and cruel, funny and sad, dramatic and enthralling. This is historical biography at its best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Six of one, and half a dozen of the other...

  • By G. HOLMES on 17-08-07

Enjoyable and Informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-14

What did you like most about The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

This is a really well written historical biography. The narrative captures you and you are sucked into the journey of each of these fascinating and very different women.

What did you like best about this story?

I have read many biographies about Henry's queens and while the facts in this book are obviously the same as those, you do feel you have come out having learned something new.

The book not only talks about well known and accepted historical facts but also brings forth other aspects that are not as well agreed on. In these instances Fraser details the evidence and why she has reached her conclusions. This gives extra texture to the narrative and reminds you that we still don't know everything.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book. Its not very long but I think that works in its favour. Its very informative and entertaining. It was written to tell a story of each queen and their relationship with the king - focusing on the personal lives of the queens rather than just giving you pages of dates and places that you can never remember. It was easy to follow and, even though we all know the ending, the book makes you want to keep listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Katherine

  • The classic historical romance
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Diana Bishop
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Katherine comes to the court of Edward III at the age of 15. The naïve convent-educated orphan of a penniless knight is dazzled by the jousts and the entertainments of court. Nevertheless, Katherine is beautiful, and she turns the head of the King's favourite son John of Gaunt. But he is married, and she is soon to be betrothed. A few years later their paths cross again and this time their passion for each other cannot be denied or suppressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please give us more Anya Seton!

  • By C on 07-09-12

Passionate, interesting and captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Where does Katherine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favourites. A real page turner (if that's possible in the audiobook world). A gripping novel that really makes you want to listen to more.

What does Diana Bishop bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Beautifully narrated. Diana Bishop captured the feeling of the characters perfectly and performs it brilliantly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, although it was very long, so that wasn't possible. I would often listen to it as I drove home and would sit in my garage for ages after arriving, just so I could listen to a bit more.

Any additional comments?

I had heard Alison Weir talk about her passion for this book, so was curious. As I hadn't heard a great deal of Katherine Swynford, I was a bit unsure at first (especially because its so long), but I was pleasantly surprised.

John of Gaunt's enduring relationship with his mistress, and later wife, Katherine Swynford is a passionate and sometimes turbulent medieval love story that Anya Seton brings to life in this book. Set during a number of historical events such as the the Peasants' Revolt, it is well written and researched and gives a good background to these lovers who are the ancestors of the British Royal Family. There are some historical inaccuracies (poetic license) but they can be forgiven because the story will sweep you along.

This book captures you from the start. The writer and narrator makes the characters believable and brings the era they lived in to life. A truly wonderful book. I am so glad I found it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 3

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,005

Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best thing on radio

  • By Em on 10-12-11

A hidden gem

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - this show is excellent. Well written and very funny. I could (and do) listen to it over and over.

What did you like best about this story?

The brilliant characters and wonderful acting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this audiobook in one go and then started it again. Each episodes is just as good as the last. You won't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

I caught an episode of Cabin Pressure on the radio while driving to a meeting and I loved it. I came home and downloaded as many episodes as possible and I wasn't disappointed.

Cabin pressure doesn't get a high billing on Radio but it should do; it is very funny, wonderfully written by genius John Finnemore and excellently acted by the whole cast. There are no weak links.

I would whole heartedly recommend this very funny show and all of those I have introduced to it, love it too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Favored Queen

  • A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife
  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book poor narration

  • By Lynsey on 08-05-15

A 'nice' story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Would you listen to The Favored Queen again? Why?

It wasn't an 'edge of your seat' sort of book, so I don't think I will listen to it again, but it was an interesting idea and well written so I am glad I listened to it once.

Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favourite?

The main character and biggest voice in this book was Jane herself, and Kate Reading did a very good job capturing her essence.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to read a book about Jane Seymour. She wasn't the most dramatic of Henry VIII's wives and so there are very little historical fiction books based on her. Listening to the book you can kind of see why - she doesn't make a stir or rock the boat, just sits in the background and observes some of the more exciting stories relating to Henry's queens.

From the little there was to work with, Carolly Erickson did a great job. The book was well written and I was interested by her interpretation of Jane's character and life. It was a 'nice' little tale but overall this book is not edge of your seat stuff, more middle of the road. However, it was interesting and performed well and so I am glad I listened to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful