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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

by M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Summary

Perfect for anyone fascinated by the royal wedding, Netflix's The Crown, or Wolf Hall, this is a pitch-perfect reimagining of the romance and tragedy of Henry VIII and his six wives, told from multiple points of view by some of your favorite authors.

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? Would you be the subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you get away and survive like Anna of Cleves?

Meet them and Henry's other queens - each bound for divorce or death - in this epic and thrilling novel that reads like fantasy but really happened. Watch spellbound as each of these women attempts to survive their unpredictable king as he grows more and more obsessed with producing a male heir. And discover how the power-hungry court fanned the flames of Henry's passions...and his most horrible impulses.

Whether you're a huge fan of all things Tudor or new to this jaw-dropping saga, you won't be able to get the unique voices of Henry and his wives - all brought to life by seven award-winning and best-selling authors - out of your head. This is an intimate look at the royals during one of the most treacherous times in history. Who will you root for, and who will you love to hate?

One of the NYPL top 10 best books of the year.

"Ambitious and exciting." (Bustle)

"A clever, feminist reimagining of one of English history's most fascinating moments." (Refinery29)

"These stories of love, lust, power and intrigue never fail to fascinate." (Shelf Awareness)

Who's who:

  • M. T. Anderson - Henry VIII
  • Candace Fleming - Katharine of Aragon, wife #1
  • Stephanie Hemphill - Anne Boleyn, wife #2
  • Lisa Ann Sandell - Jane Seymour, wife #3
  • Jennifer Donnelly - Anna of Cleves, wife #4
  • Linda Sue Park - Catherine Howard, wife #5
  • Deborah Hopkinson - Kateryn Parr, wife #6
©2018 Candace Fleming (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Seven talented YA authors and gifted narrators embrace the personalities, foibles, dreams, and philosophies of Henry VIII's unfortunate wives.... Together, these perspectives paint a personal, poignant, thoroughly engaging view of history." (AudioFile)

"Romance and intrigue dominate these accounts, as do the frustrations of being female in a time when 'no woman - not even a Queen - can...show her own power'..." (Shelf Awareness)

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interesting slant

loved this. each queen in her own words. and henry puts his side after each queens story. it was good to see this from this more personal angle.

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Wonderful Read

Told through the eyes of the six Tudor Queens this is a refreshingly new slant on the oft told story.I loved every minute of it.Very very clever

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

As a lover of history, I thought I knew most things about this famous group.
Delightedly this book proved me wrong.There has been details I missed and links not made until strung together side by side.

Listened to the whole thing in a day.
Loved the different take on viewpoints of each wife's life with an input of Henry's own at the end.

Worth a listen and your credit.

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Some good performances

A well-researched piece and always interesting to listen to new angles on the psychological truth of these ill-fated women. However they all sound somewhat older and more worldly than perhaps they were. Anne of Cleves sounds Indian not German, while Ann Boleyn sounds too English - she spoke with a French accent. Young Jane Seymour sounds like a woman in her 50s and the mixed conventions of diary entry-style as well as describing their own deaths in the first person doesn’t work for me. Much of this great writing doesn’t come off the page performance-wise and there are some glaring mispronunciations which are grating. The American presenter and narrator of the introduction crucially can’t pronounce ‘eighth’ correctly in Henry VIII’s title and is an odd choice of voice for this piece, lacking gravitas. Great performance from the actor playing Catherine of Aragon. I really enjoyed the stories nonetheless which are a nice addition to the current ‘Herstory’ zeitgeist

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Too american

Typical American interpretation, full of melodrama and authors fantasy. Ok it nothing special. Some of the narration is also a bit peculiar

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  • Susan
  • newport pagnell, United Kingdom
  • 14-05-19

Different

Was expecting not to like this, but I did.Having the different voices brought the Queens to life (also Henry)I have read and listened to quite a few books on the Tudors and if the authors of this work have gotton their facts right, I have learnt something new about the Queens, not so much about Henry as he still comes across as a spoiled brat with dangerous powers.It is a long book but the time went very quickly and if you enjoy a story about the Tudor Queens you might enjoy this book as I did.

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Excellent presentation

Good individual interpretation of each of the six wives and of their husband. Very enjoyable

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Excellent, one small hitch . .

Loved this book, extremely interesting, only disappointment was German accent of Anne of Cleves narrator

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Flows through the collection of wives/mistresses

This was a very long listen, but i never bored of it. The various readers steer the book through Henry VIII's collection of wives and mistresses well to paint a clear picture of what life may have been like for these women. And indeed Henry's perspectice is also investigated.

I enjoyed listening to this book and would listen to further similar books.

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Interesting.

Hearing, so speak of the wives and Henry's opinions on their version of their marriages was entertaining. A light listen on the bus to and from work or relaxing in the bath. Was worth listening to.

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  • Wahaasamaker
  • 20-05-18

I loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written and wonderfully performed. It is very entertaining.

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  • Connie Hahn
  • 24-08-18

Well Worth the Read!!

If you are like me and think you have read every Tudor book there has been and can't imagine there be something new, this is your book. This is not only a fresh new look but a joy to listen to. What a creative way to tell these women's stories. I would love for these authors to go even deeper into the women they wrote about. Thank you so much.

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  • M. Ward
  • 22-08-18

Fresh Presentation!

This was so uniquely presented and I loved it. Each wife told her story in first person. Henry gave his viewpoint on the rise and fall of each queen as well. Of course it could only hit the highlights (or lowlights, if you will), but even in a short story format, it managed to give a complete overview of their story.
I’ve read many many many books on the Tudors, and this one is presented differently from all the rest. Definitely worth a credit and a few hours of your time.

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  • Master Auto
  • 24-04-19

Absolutely Love

This was one amazing historical piece. I love the Narrating Cast. I was fully immersed. If you love Netflix's Tudor series you will get great satisfaction from this novel. I've listened to it 3 times and love it.

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  • jessica
  • 04-10-18

kept me listening

good read for Tudor fans.. narrators are good and stories are all told in a provocative way. I did not like Anne of of Cleve's in this book as much. the cadence of the narrators voice made it hard to listen to for long periods of time.. not that it was bad it just made her story seem drawn out because i would space out lol. Very entertaining read otherwise

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  • lutisha Wilson
  • 16-08-18

Lovely!

Each narrator brought their characters to life. I simply could not stop listening! Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

An interesting twist

I know this is a little weird but some of my favorite parts were King Henry explaining his choices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-19

Review King Henry

I wish Anna of Cleaves would of been read by someone else. Her monotone was horrible.

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  • Kades
  • 08-08-18

Brought the characters to life

Excellent book. They really brought the characters to life. I love that each of Henry VIII wives had a voice. I love that we got to see Jane through Henry VIII's Pic after she died.

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  • badfish
  • 17-07-18

great performance by all involved

what a wonderful story performed by so many talented people!! took me 2 days to finish but well worth my time as I create at my sewing machine!! thank you

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