The Favored Queen

  • by Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.
Born into an ambitious noble family, young Jane Seymour is sent to the court as a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's aging queen. She is devoted to her mistress and watches with empathy as the calculating Anne Boleyn contrives to supplant her as queen. Anne's singleminded intriguing threatens all who stand in her way; she does not hesitate to arrange the murder of a woman who knows a secret so dark that, if revealed, would make it impossible for the king to marry Anne. Once Anne becomes queen, no one at court is safe, and Jane herself becomes the victim of Anne's venomous rage when she suspects Jane has become the object of the king's lust.
Henry, fearing that Anne's inability to give him a son is a sign of divine wrath, asks Jane to become his next queen. Deeply reluctant to embark on such a dangerous course, Jane must choose between her heart and her loyalty to the king.
Acclaimed biographer and best-selling novelist Carolly Erickson weaves another of her irresistible historical entertainments about the queen who finally gave Henry VIII his longed-for heir, set against the excitement and danger of the Tudor Court.

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Good book poor narration

The book itself was good however the narrator got on my nerves so much could not finish listening to it and bought the book to read myself.
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- Lynsey

A 'nice' story

Would you listen to The Favored Queen again? Why?

It wasn't an 'edge of your seat' sort of book, so I don't think I will listen to it again, but it was an interesting idea and well written so I am glad I listened to it once.


Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favourite?

The main character and biggest voice in this book was Jane herself, and Kate Reading did a very good job capturing her essence.


Any additional comments?

I really wanted to read a book about Jane Seymour. She wasn't the most dramatic of Henry VIII's wives and so there are very little historical fiction books based on her. Listening to the book you can kind of see why - she doesn't make a stir or rock the boat, just sits in the background and observes some of the more exciting stories relating to Henry's queens.

From the little there was to work with, Carolly Erickson did a great job. The book was well written and I was interested by her interpretation of Jane's character and life. It was a 'nice' little tale but overall this book is not edge of your seat stuff, more middle of the road. However, it was interesting and performed well and so I am glad I listened to it.

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- Rebecca

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-09-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio