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Summary

Illegitimate children, adulterous queens, impotent kings, and a whole dynasty resting on their shoulders. Sex and childbirth were quite literally a matter of life or death for the Tudors.

©2013 Amberley Publishing (P)2013 Amberley Publishing

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let down by poor reading

Where does In Bed with the Tudors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book is interesting and enjoyable, but the reader frequently mispronounces words, confuses words and generally appears to have a poor understanding of what she is reading. This is a pity as it is a good book.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Debra Burton?

Anyone capable of getting the words right.

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Tudors?

I'm sorry to say but I had to stop listening to this book. The narrator, I felt, was not too good. There were mispronounced words, slow pronunciation of words. This can't all be placed at the door of the narrator, some must be placed with the editor. I regret not being able to complete the book as the Tudor era is one of my favourite periods.

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Ruined by poor narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Grating voice - emphasis and delivery sound like a particularly bad am-dram actress - many words mispronounced - Difficult to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Such a shame that a well-written and potentially interesting book should have been reduced to this.

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  • Mary Elizabeth Reynolds
  • 07-04-14

In bed, meaning giving birth

The title is a little deceiving, the story is arranged around the Tudor women's pregnancies and childbirth experiences. I thought it was full of many new tidbits about a time and a monarchy that too much may have been written about. I enjoyed the book, surprisingly. The narration isn't great, but I have certainly heard worse.

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  • Linda Lou
  • 25-03-14

DECENT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT - AWFUL NARRATOR !

What did you like best about In Bed with the Tudors? What did you like least?

This is pure fact, much of it overlooked in other history books,. However this is the worst narrator ever, especially for a book that is entirely narrative with little or no dialogue.

Would you recommend In Bed with the Tudors to your friends? Why or why not?

Not at all! Amy Licence totally ruins this book. She reads way too fast, fumbles words, and mispronounces even more. Her voice is shrill, irritating, and lispy. The book had not been rated at all when I bought it but I figured how bad could a story about the Tudors be? Answer: VERY BAD AS NARRATED BY AMY LICENCE!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She's just not experienced enough. A more dynamic narrator like Nadia May, Wanda McCaddon or Simon Vance could have made this a 5-star read.

Do you think In Bed with the Tudors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, it could start with one on the Plantegenets as a prequel. The sex lives of the the rich and Royal is well told in the original book.

Any additional comments?

I could only take a few hours of this book due to the exceedingly bad narrator. Also the recording production is full of reverb which only exacerbates the narrator's poor performance. With another narrator, this could be a really good work. As it is now, it's not worth the credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-17

Loved it!!!

it was well red and well researched. Great info on childbirth during the Tudor age.