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The Unfaithful Queen

A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Summary

From New York Times best-selling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII, a novel about Catherine Howard, wife of Henry's later years

Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye - but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men. Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her - only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper.

As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward's severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated, and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.

The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or - should fortune favor her - be exalted to the throne.

©2012 Carolly Erickson (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • Sue
  • Evesham
  • 15-05-15

Excellent read

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

I find historical fiction a great way to memorize history. Carolly really brings her characters to life. I would actually prefer the facts to be historically accurate but I guess that's just a matter of opinion.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Carolly takes her reader into Tudor reality. I really felt the horror of a beheading and the terror the victims must have felt knowing this is what lay ahead of them. I also experienced the fear of living under such a capricious and, oft times, evil king.

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Stina is an excellent narrator.

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  • Charlotte
  • Dalgety bay, United Kingdom
  • 09-07-14

An author influenced by the Tudors TV series

If you could sum up The Unfaithful Queen in three words, what would they be?

Listening to descriptions and the dialogue it is evident that the author has watched The Tudors. So an enjoyable enough story but not a close to the truth historical fiction piece.

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

The narrator has a pleasing voice and easy to listen to.

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An interesting insight. Colourfully written

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

Very good, really enjoyed this book.

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

The king it was said had an affair with catherine howards mother joyce culpepper but I have not found this to be documented in any other source. I would like to know how factually this is or indeed if it is just fabricated for this particular book?

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The alleged affair between Henry the 8th and joyce culpepper really confused me because it's not documented any where else.

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  • Layla Mabbitt
  • 27-05-16

Personality Given to Kitty Howard

Great fictional story. I enjoyed the performance and the personality given to poor seventeen year old Catherine Howard. She was a child, make no mistake about that. This story is well written and very well told.

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  • Dr. Lance Moore
  • 10-11-15

Enjoyable, not a masterpiece

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The heroin is shallow and one dimensional. The dialogue is not authentic.

Would you be willing to try another book from Carolly Erickson? Why or why not?

Yes, but her fictional writing lacks great character and ambiance development

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

she just was not a good choice for the period

Was The Unfaithful Queen worth the listening time?

it was ok

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  • christina
  • 28-03-13

I loved it!!!!!

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

I would definitely recommend this audio book if you like stories from the Tudors era.

Which character – as performed by Stina Nielsen – was your favorite?

My favorite character would be kathrin of course :)

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  • Lori Henderson
  • 22-07-17

Wonderful narration

Sad story beautifully read. Narrator was very captivating. Brings another side of this queen to ponder.

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