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The Last Tudor Audiobook

The Last Tudor

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'How long do I have?' I force a laugh.

'Not long,' he says very quietly. 'They have confirmed your sentence of death. You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don't have long at all.'

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block. There Jane turned her father's greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

'Learn you to die' is the advice that Jane gives in a letter to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and find love. But her lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and, when Mary dies, to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir before she does. So when Katherine's secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she, too, must go to the Tower.

'Farewell, my sister,' writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary finds it easy to keep secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth's suspicious glare. After watching her sisters defy the queen, Mary is aware of her own perilous position as a possible heir to the throne. But she is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth.

Read by Bianca Amato, narrator of Three Sisters, Three Queens and The Taming of the Queen.

©2017 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Simon & Schuster UK

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    Lin 12/08/2017
    Lin 12/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the book but was confused by the muddle of the recording."

    The book was extremely enjoyable. I saw Elizabeth in a completely new light; Gloriana was shown in a human light, a strong but vindictive woman struggling to hold onto power and so resorting to petty jealousy and consequently subjecting people to unjust and illegal treatment. I now question whether it was her strength or that of her advisors which enabled her to hold on to her throne.
    However there was clearly a poor editing of the recording as part way through with a long way still to go before the end the final several chapters were read out which as well as spoiling the ending through myself into some confusion.
    Other than that I would certainly say this is a highly enjoyable book and introduced me to a previously unexplored side of Elizabeth's court.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    ZENA 06/09/2017
    ZENA 06/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "The unknown Tudor stories is tragic and spellbinding"

    This book has been wonderful for me , an avid Tudor reader . This unknown tutor story was difficult to hear at times as it's so hard to think of these women going through such torment with no support from the law of the day .
    But what a story the author has created for us , out the pain comes love and life and courage .
    The reader bianca is fantastic and brings these incredible ladies to life .
    Zena x

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    Rosie Nottingham, United Kingdom 23/10/2017
    Rosie Nottingham, United Kingdom 23/10/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Very typical Philippa Gregory, as in very average"

    This is very much in the same vein as Philippa Gregory's books, of which I have read a good few. I admire her for trying to give the forgotten women of history a voice; it's just unfortunate that she has to give them all the same voice.

    The main characters of this book, all of whom have a narrative, sound exactly the same in the way that they speak and think. Lady Jane Grey is probably a bit more interesting than the other two (her sisters), but, well, we all know how long she lasted!

    It's unfortunate that, as in a lot of Gregory's books, the women come across as so petty and constantly critical of each other. I can't help feeling that these noblewomen must have recognised how difficult and dangerous life was for each other and would not have despised each other so much for no good reason. In this book, the Grey sisters actually have an excellent reason to despise Queen Elizabeth by the END of the book, but really no reason to do so at the beginning. But Gregory portrays them as hating her for being self-involved and insecure from the very beginning of the book, meaning that neither they nor she have any character development at all.

    The lack of character development is one of the most obvious failings of the book. The characters are always so frustrating sure of everything - they're sure that news will come, they're sure that they could never be beheaded - meaning that when the thing does happen, they come across as unbelievably naive and a bit stupid. And yet they sill don't learn from their experiences, but carry on in the same attitudes.

    Furthermore, Gregory seems to be a bit obsessed with portraying Queen Elizabeth badly in her books. I would have thought a woman who is so interested in giving a realistic voice to women of history, rather than trying to see them only through the eyes of history (which is inescapably male) would find this queen interesting and inspiring. But Elizabeth gets no credit for any of her political victories, for being strong enough to resist being pressured into marriage, or even for the mere fact of her survival in such a difficult time, and is consistently merely portrayed as a petty, hateful woman. So keen is Gregory to show that Elizabeth is worthless that she portrays one of the Grey sisters as being privately supportive of Mary, Queen of Scots, which I'm sure would never have been the case for anyone from such a staunchly protestant family.

    My final gripe is the writing style, which is monotonous and even soporific at times. Gregory can't ever use a pronoun to refer to anybody (it's always 'she, the queen, my cousin Queen Elizabeth' and never just 'she'), as well as other annoying rhetorical devices, such as always saying, 'I feel that it is cold' or 'I think that it is cold' rather than just 'it is cold. This means that her sentences pretty much all sound the same as each other, which is very boring.

    In terms of the narration, I must say that Bianca Amato has improved on her reading of previous Philippa Gregory books. A lot of her annoying quirks of speech have disappeared and she pronounces place names correctly now. She still pronounces some words a little oddly, but overall I was quite impressed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miss strang 12/09/2017
    miss strang 12/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "yet again amazing work"

    brings to life the story of those the classroom has choose to forget ... outstanding once again !



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    Anonymous 24/08/2017
    24/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    Another wonderful audiobook from Philippa. Bianca's narration is great and I just love Philippa's stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jade 02/11/2017
    jade 02/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Error in recording"

    The story is great, loved it, but there is an error whereby book 3 is played in the middle of book 1, ruining the ending!

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    Sue Newport, United Kingdom 28/10/2017
    Sue Newport, United Kingdom 28/10/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Another interesting period of history brought to life by Philippa Gregory"

    I had never realised that Lady Jane Grey had sisters until I read this book. Philippa Gregory has used a mixture of fact and fictional imaginings to bring their stories to life, abundantly to recreate the court and personality of Queen Elizabeth I. The pace of the book drops a little in the third section, and sections of it are rather repetitious, but it was worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay platt 26/09/2017
    Lindsay platt 26/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it."

    Loved the three parts.
    Not a family I knew much about, but I enjoyed every second.

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    Christine 18/09/2017
    Christine 18/09/2017
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    "The most depressing book I've ever listened to"

    I'm an avid fan of Gregory and have enjoyed all her books until now. This book is a constant tale of woe with nothing uplifting or redeeming about it. I kept going in the hope of something happy but no it is a Book of misery.

    Historically it may have been accurate but it offered a very 2 dimensional view of Queen Elizabeth with no reference to her intelligence, learning or abilities. It merely depicts her as a jealous peevish and frivolous woman.

    The narrator spend the whole 19 hours sounding like she is on the verge of tears (poor woman she can't have enjoyed reading this one) Bianca is a talented narrator it's such a pity she had to drag herself through this story.

    At the end of the book Gregory states it to be her last Tudor story - perhaps as well, she is obviously running out of ideas.

    If you are given to feeling low dont listen to this book. I was not but I still wish I hadn't.

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    20/09/17
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    "Did not enjoy"

    I do not understand the chapter arrangement of the book at all. The timeline seems to be scrambling all over the book. The authors note is in the middle of the book(chapter 30). There seems to be repetitive chapters as well. It confuses and annoyed me to no end. Not sure if it is the intention of the author or a mistake from audible.

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  • Mary
    23/08/17
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    "Wow a great read"

    Apart from Lady Jane Grey I had never heard or known of the other sisters it certainly portrays Elizabeth's paranoia against her coudins. I enjoyed the story so much I am going to go back and start from the first book again.

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