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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,023 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Plaidy Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455191116
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One of history’s most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the legendary Jean Plaidy.

Young Anne Boleyn was not beautiful, but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to marry well and raise the family’s fortunes. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations when King Henry VIII swore he would put aside his loving, loyal queen to make Anne his wife. And so he did, though the divorce would tear apart the English church and inflict religious turmoil and bloodshed on his people for generations to come.

Loathed by the English people, who called her “the King’s Great Whore,” Anne was soon caught in the trap of her own ambition. When she failed to produce a much-desired male heir, her political rivals closed in, wrongfully accusing her of adultery and incest. Anne found herself imprisoned in the Tower of London, at the mercy of her husband and her enemies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama.”

    New York Times

  • “Anne Flosnik reads the details and political intrigues of Boleyn’s life in a cool, crisp voice.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Domin | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this, but I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped. I never truly connected with this Anne; she tells you what she's like and how she feels, but you don't get to see it. However, this is written as a death row confessional, so it makes sense that Anne would tell her story that way. Still very enjoyable, and I'd definitely recommend it. 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 2/2/2014

    " Accurate historical fiction! This woman writes with clarity and understanding of the subject she is writing about and manages to mingle fictional stories with historical facts in a way that Phillipa Gregory does not! READ HER BOOKS! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoy historical fiction, and that's why I picked up this book. It paints Anne in a more sympathetic light than many other works focusing on her but didn't offer any new information or insights as to her possible character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elysium | 1/18/2014

    " It was good but she has better books. Didn't like the first person narrative that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/17/2014

    " A historical fiction account of Anne Boleyn who married King Henry VII and eventually imprisoned in the Tower of LOndon and eventually beheaded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alejandra | 12/29/2013

    " The Other Boleyn Girl was far better written and more entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed Jean Plaidy's style of writing. This book was very easy to understand and made it that much more enjoyable. I like how Plaidy constructed it from Anne Boleyn's perspective and made the reader relate to Anne in a personal way. I'm actually planning to read more of her books now... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Twodogs333 | 12/10/2013

    " This book was just ok. It was INCREDIBLY repetitive. While I enjoyed getting the historical infomation, the book did not pick up until the last 20 pages or so. I was in awe of how many times the same passages were repeated nearly word for word! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/6/2013

    " second time reading this book....but love the Tudor era "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim K | 12/2/2013

    " I think what I enjoyed most is the fact Anne isn't the conniving manipulative woman who stole the King's desire if not his heart. Women were mostly powerless and she was a pawn as much as she tried not to be. You see the evil of King Henry VIII and how he had little regard for those around him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 11/26/2013

    " Enjoyed the read - however was easily distracted comparing character personalities with The Other Boleyn Girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Henriott | 6/23/2013

    " i thought it was slow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/20/2013

    " Anne Boleyn's side of the story. It was a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 2/13/2013

    " this was just ok....I was not that impressed with the way it was written.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/26/2012

    " this book was more difficult for me to get through than her others - it really seemed to drag on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linwe | 7/25/2012

    " Well thought out novel of Anne Boleyn, great attention to historical details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/3/2012

    " Listened to this audio book while on vacation recently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/2/2012

    " Definitely not as good as books by Philippa Gregory, but still a decent read. I liked the perspective Jean Plaidy took on Anne Boleyn's life, and I espeically liked reading of Anne's early life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudi | 12/15/2011

    " One of the best examples of historical fiction. All the drama and tragedy that is Anne Boleyn told in the first-person. Unique and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/5/2011

    " I loved this book. It followed history very well while adding some great fictional stories. I am very interested in this subject, Henry the 8th and his wives. I read a lot of books about this stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 11/7/2011

    " Really long. Good information but really repetative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 2/17/2011

    " I love Jean Plaidy. Her books are absolute page-turners and I've learned so much history form her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/6/2011

    " A historical fiction account of Anne Boleyn who married King Henry VII and eventually imprisoned in the Tower of LOndon and eventually beheaded. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Twodogs333 | 2/2/2011

    " This book was just ok. It was INCREDIBLY repetitive. While I enjoyed getting the historical infomation, the book did not pick up until the last 20 pages or so. I was in awe of how many times the same passages were repeated nearly word for word! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 11/18/2010

    " By far my favorite of all the Anne novels I've read. Refreshing first-person perspective and lacks the harsh typecasting typical of the genre. Highly recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/17/2010

    " i thought it was slow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missie | 9/6/2010

    " Not the best - not the worst. It was difficult for me to get past the typos. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 8/4/2010

    " Annoyingly repetitive. Mostly boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 6/29/2010

    " It was pretty good. I think I like Philipa Gregory's style of writing better but this kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 6/24/2010

    " Listened to this audio book while on vacation recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina | 6/9/2010

    " Actually, I only got to page 199 and stopped. It became a bit too predictable and a little boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 5/25/2010

    " This is one of my oldest non-kid-lit books; given to me by my grandmother - or at least loaned to me by her, and I kept it. This book is what got me interested in Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, and Tudor history.

    This is my first reread in a long time; I find it holds up well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 5/17/2010

    " Accurate historical fiction! This woman writes with clarity and understanding of the subject she is writing about and manages to mingle fictional stories with historical facts in a way that Phillipa Gregory does not! READ HER BOOKS! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 3/8/2010

    " Elizabeth Boleyn died AFTER Anne Boleyn "

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About the Author
Author Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy’s novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.