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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Dagmara Dominczyk, Ruthie Henshall, Bianca Amato Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tudor Court Novels Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9780743563543
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Three women share one fate: the Boleyn Inheritance

From the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl comes a novel about three women whose positions brought them wealth, power, deceit, and terror in England after the death of Anne Boleyn. Anne of Cleves must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses. Katherine Howard catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion a dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe. Jane Rochford's name is a byword for malice, jealousy and twisted lust throughout Europe. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title in exchange for her soul.

The Boleyn Inheritance is Gregory at her spellbinding best. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating account…harrowing…If only grade-school history books were written so vividly.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Gregory’s accounts of events are accurate enough to be persuasive, her characterizations modern enough to be convincing. Rich in intrigue and irony, this is a tale where readers will already know who was divorced, beheaded or survived, but will savor Gregory’s sharp staging of how and why.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Allowing her characters to speak in first person, Gregory imbues history with realism and human drama. As in the finest of historical fiction, she doesn’t skimp on history but infuses it with humanity.” 

    RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars 

  • “Gregory’s knowledge of the period, combined with her novelistic skill, allows her to view this grim tale through the eyes of the three women: wily, experienced Jane; naïve, sensible Anne; and vain, greedy young Kitty. Their first-person accounts are convincing and shockingly self-serving.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma Jo | 2/11/2014

    " the author's detailed research makes life inCourt very real "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/9/2014

    " I don't usually like to read books that jump from person to person....but this one was well done...there were very obvious differences in the personalities and speech of the three women so it was a delight to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/4/2014

    " As good as the first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Bowers | 1/20/2014

    " Once I finally got adjusted to some of the annoying traits of the three female characters in this book, the story intricately unfolded and kept my interest. I couldn't put it down for the last 100 pages. It's nowhere close to "The Other Boleyn Girl," but still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 1/17/2014

    " Audio unabridged... Enjoying it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cher Cabula | 1/16/2014

    " For historical fiction fanatics, this is a great novel to read. Ms. Gregory has an interesting narrative on the lesser known wives of Henry VIII. It's easy to sympathize and to hate some key players in the novel. It was a very interesting fictional account of what happened in the English court during that time, my only comment is that there were some chapters that were very repetitive. Characters were voicing out their thoughts using the very same words. I don't know if this is a lapse on the editor's part.Other than that though, still a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/14/2014

    " Really liked Anne's character. And Katherine "Kitty" Howard's. Was nice to read of the wives who rarely get mentioned. Have enjoyed all the Phillipa Gregory books so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/12/2014

    " I love historical fiction and I have read many other Philippa Gregory books and like this one, they are all great. It is how history should be taught in schools - it would make history much more fun to learn. I love the way Ms. Gregory brings these real characters to like for us and make us believe we are there. I love her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyce | 1/8/2014

    " From 3 points of view of different characters it really manages to keep up with the historical events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/7/2014

    " I liked reading about the lesser known backgrounds of Ann of Cleves &Kathern Howard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolette | 12/11/2013

    " An entertaining insight into the plotting and violence surrounding Henry VIII's choice of wives! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Jasinski | 11/17/2013

    " An excellent intertwining of their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Johnson | 9/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book especially after reading The Other Boleyn Girl. I had always been really curious about Jane Rochford and i liked hearing what was going through her head during that time and seeing what happened to her afterwards. I just think all of Philippa Gregory's books are good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/8/2013

    " Not as good as The Other Boleyn but still a good book. I had trouble putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Brazil | 6/8/2013

    " One of the better of Gregory's Tudor series: this one telling about Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. I really got into the characters, especially Anne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shala Howell | 3/12/2013

    " Reads quickly. The three person narrative kept me reading long after I would normally have put it down. Each segment was so short, obviously I had time to read just one more. I found Hilary Mantel's Cromwell series to be far more engrossing, although this book is reasonably entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea K. | 2/14/2013

    " Not her best book, nor they were the most interesting people to write about, but I still enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/12/2012

    " Very interesting! Loved learning about Anne of Cleves. And poor Kitty Howard! Felt no sympathy for Jane. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy Patton | 5/20/2012

    " This book was good. Not as good as The Other Boleyn Girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Denault | 4/29/2012

    " Not a favourite Phillipa book but mostly because I am not sympathetic to Jane Rochford and this book made her even less unlike able. I couldn't blame George. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lina | 12/30/2011

    " Another amazing read! So much rich story telling that gives a whole new perspective to the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 12/7/2011

    " Definitely not as good as The Other Boleyn Girl, but still a page turner. Let's be real, Henry VIII was certifiably crazy. Too bad no one stepped up to admit him to the looney-bin. Any one who tried got their head chopped off. What a nut job. Makes for a good book though, and lots of drama! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Wilson | 10/1/2011

    " This is my latest books-on-tape novel and I am really enjoying it. They use three different narrators for the three different primary characters. Very well done and I am very much enjoying Tudor England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nik | 8/23/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I loved the POV of Jane Boleyn, Catherine Howard & Anne of Cleves. Great drama. Horribly depressing ending for 2 of the ladies. Great narration. The Duke of Norfolk is a real jerk, which was awesome to hate someone more than Henry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Allison | 7/24/2011

    " I loved this one. It is the one following The Other Boleyn Girl. Next up? The Constant Princess. It is the one that is supposed to be before the Other Boleyn Girl but I'm reading it after. Because I didn't know it even existed. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jetta | 7/5/2011

    " It was ok... I am interested in the story, but the storyteller lacks much in my opinion. The research is obviously well done and fascinating but I'm not sure it was worth reading the story in her style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantay | 6/22/2011

    " I liked the mixing of the stories of Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves. The fact that Gregory made such a strong figure with Anne of Cleves, happy with her singleness and willing to be strong because of it, really made me enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/24/2011

    " This was a quick read and even a bit better than The Other Boleyn Girl. It was interesting to find out more about the aftermath of Anne Boleyn's beheading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/21/2011

    " I love Philippa Gregory books. It also helped that I watched Tudors on Showtime and now I read everything about that time period "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/19/2011

    " Fictitious guess at what was going on during King Henry VIII's rein. Probably fairly accurate. So far so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/18/2011

    " Just finished this book that follows The Other Boleyn Girl, and I enjoyed this one almost as much as The Other Boleyn Girl. It continues on with Anne of Cleves as Queen and then Katherine Howard takes her place. And King Henry is becoming more of a madman. On to read The Queen's Fool next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smithmott | 5/17/2011

    " Not great, like the first one, but interesting in details of daily life, dress, expectations, and the history. It was also good in wrapping up the reign of Henry 6 - knowing what happened to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 5/4/2011

    " So glad that Jane Boleyn got what was coming to her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/3/2011

    " Another interesting read by Philippa Gregory. This one covered his fourth and fifth wives, and Jane Boleyn, who was involved in the scandal behind them. Fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/2/2011

    " Another interesting story about the wives and times of King Henry VIII. This book covers the fourth and fifth wives, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/29/2011

    " This might be my second favorite Philippa Gregory book. "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally and New York Times bestselling author of historical novels. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University. She is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Tudor series, which includes the enormously successful book The Other Boleyn Girl. There are currently over a million copies of The Other Boleyn Girl in print in the US alone; it was also made into a successful major motion picture starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Gregory also regularly contributes short stories, features, and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.

About the Narrators

Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Poland and immigrated to New York City at the age of seven. She has acted in numerous films, TV series, and plays. She is married to the actor Patrick Wilson, with whom she has two sons. She lives in New Jersey.

Ruthie Henshall’s multiaward-winning career has seen her star in New York and London in the most popular musicals of the past twenty-five years, including Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, She Loves Me, Marguerite, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, and Chicago. She also has had successful roles in plays, in concert, and on television. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre, and she was voted London’s Theatregoers Award for the most popular musical actress of the past twenty-one years. She is the author of the book So You Want to Be in Musicals.

Bianca Amato, winner of Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.