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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Jun. 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ8WUE
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Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII Audiobook – Abridged
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The most interesting stories are that of Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Here the stories are most dramatic, and therefore most gripping. In audiocassette form, the first 2 (of 4) tapes are taken up with these two - more Katherine than Anne admittedly, though of course, their stories overlap by about 7 years. The final four wives make do with approximately a side of a tape apiece.
Although well written the final four wives seem almost two-dimensional characters in comparison with Henry and his first two wives, and it is easy to see why there are biographies of Anne Boleyn by the score, but very few of say Jane Seymour - you simply couldn't find enough to write a full-length book it seems.
As I have read a couple of David Starkey's books before and found them to have depth, as well as being amongst the most fast paced and readable of histories, I do wonder how much personal detail about the women, which would turn this from a history text into a collection of biographies, was cut in the abridgement. I suppose I shall just have to read the book to find out.
All in all this is well worth buying for a long journey to pass the time, but I did expect to enjoy it more - it dragged a little towards the end, but only a very little. I must say though that the narration is excellent.
The thing that perhaps proves most strongly that this book is about Henry rather than his wives is that Katherine Parr's story ends with the death of the King and not her own. I found this especially irritating, as, although I know a little about what happened to her after the death of the King, I would have liked to have had the chance to see her story through to its real completion.
I find that Richard Starky is about the best of all the historical authors as his writing is always for want of any other word, easy ie. designed for the layman. In plain English he is readable and not boring !
If you are interested in the great Henry and his marriages, then I highly recommend this book.
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