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A brand-new unabridged recording of Philippa Gregory’s classic best seller featuring an afterword read by the author! 

From “the queen of royal fiction” (USA Today) comes this New York Times best seller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family. 

After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king’s decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court. 

Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England. 

Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry’s eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free, and her passions run hot - though her affections may not be returned upon the king. 

Jane Rochford was married to George Boleyn, and it was her testimony that sent her husband and infamous sister-in-law Anne to their deaths. Throughout the country, her name is known for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust. 

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power, as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. 

©2006 Philippa Gregory Limited (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Good But With Surprising Historical Inaccuracies

I really enjoyed this book and its first person perspective of three infamous women during the later part of Henry VIII's life. I especially liked the author's take on Lady Rochford and her possible motives for throwing two Queens under a bus. What surprised me, however, is that the author states three times that Anne Boleyn was executed with an ax as her head lay on a block. It's common knowledge she was famously executed by a sword in the French style of kneeling upright. There were a few other glaring inaccuracies that I found distracting from the otherwise well written book.

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Ghastly new version...1 star means zero

Horrible narration. Teenage Katharine sounds way over 30 and Anne sounds like a 50 year old with a clothes peg in her nose plus a bizarre accent that certainly does not seem German. Jane talks so fast I had to slow her down and when any of them are talking to any one else especially a man it was impossible to understand who was who. I loved the original recording. Why on earth did they change it to this confusing dreck.

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Deliciously Scandalous!!

The intrigues, gameplay, wretchedness, and ghastly treachery are sublimely engrossing!! You'll absolutely fall in love!

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Unbelievable. So authentic.

This is one of the best stories I have ever heard on Audible. It is perhaps the greatest and most perceptive account of the history of King Edward the Eighth's rule over his kingdom and his wives I have ever heard, and from a woman's perspective instead of the usual strictly historian's view. From his rule as the King of England, after decreeing the beheading of his wife, Anne Boleyn, and until his death in 1547, the intimate relationship between these three women, Anne of Cleves, Jane Rochford, and Catherine Howard, is both believable and astounding. They are--or were--but mere pawns in the grand scheme of each of their families' ambitions--their desires, their deceits, their greed for power and title and wealth. I could not stop listening, finding any excuse to leave the room and put my earplugs back in to hear more! From the first chapter to the last, I was taken: the narratives' voices of the three major characters were impeccable and perfect, their accents and diction totally believable, with both emotion and passion beautifully portrayed. The story--an authentic narration of the grand yet brutal power of a king of England in Tudor times and the innocent women and people who fell under his reign, is breathtaking in its authenticity. The story builds like a staircase to several crescendos, with the unfolding of one crisis after another. it will keep you totally engrossed, and transport you back to the 14th century, where you will be forced to beg for forgiveness for your so-called sins, or rise to the judgement of your king, your Lord and Master, and suffer an ignoble death with dignity and grace.

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I loved everything about this book!

the history and the narration and the entire story was so captivating! buy this book!

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Remarkable Retelling

Well written and extremely entertaining. the narrators really bring the stories of the three women to life. Loved it!

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I love the way this book was written

This is the story of three women who lived under the tyranny of Henry the wife murderer and scourge of England. It is written in the first-person, but since it's three different women, it gives you a good view of what was happening from three different points of view. I always say this, it is a great way to learn about history. And I love that it is about the women that so little is known about instead of specifically about Henry. Now it's time for me to pick up the next novel in the series. I can't wait!

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Bad narration - hated it!

After finishing the other Boleyn Girl I could not wait to listen to this! Unfortunately the narration is so, so bad. Anne of Cleves is really difficult to listen to whereas the other Boleyn Girl the narrator’s voice was like pure silk I didn’t want the book to end 24 hours in to listening. I can’t even make it two hours into this book. I don’t like any of the narration.
Going to try the abridged version with different voices. This is not good.

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Not what I expected.

As always, the author does a fantastic job with her research and writing to blend the characters together. I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t get into these characters as much as I wanted. It took a good portion of the book for me to be invested. However, the 3 narrators did a great job.

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Brought the History to Life

Not only did this story based on facts; it brought to light the pain of the three women caused by the King Henry the VII. This King barely puts to death Anne Boyle, he searches for the next Queen from Germany. she also an Ann, Ann of Cleaves. Ann was married and could not stand the king made her sick from his gangrenous leg wound. She therefore, chose to stay in their separate rooms. Ann tried to have a relationship with her stepchildren and Henry didn’t want that. He started to tramp around with Katherine Boleyn and started the hunt to get rid of Ann. There are treasonous things done of which can’t be undone. But the only one to survive Henry’s madness is Ann of Cleaves who dies in one of her many residences at the age of 41. The dialogues are very intriguing and each of the characters are truly brought to life. I would recommend the book. I found it enjoyable.