Mary Boleyn

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Maggie Mash
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. In this astonishing and riveting biography, Alison Weir’s extensive research gives a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore.


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Customer Reviews

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Scholarly biography

I have enjoyed other biographies by this author who usually combines scholarship with lively narrative. This book veers more to the former with a lot of genealogical lineages and historical detail less suited to an audiobook. After a slow start with too much turgid detail about Mary's family history the book becomes an eye-opening account of Mary Boleyn's life and dismisses many false beliefs about her reputation and gives a different slant on the turbulent Tudor period.
The reader is very good and helps the book crack along, despite all the detailed information and scholarly argument against other biolographer's works.
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- Kirstine

Mostly conjecture

What would have made Mary Boleyn better?

Having more actual facts about Mary Boleyn and not having every quote spoken in annoying voices.

What will your next listen be?

I'm going to steer clear of new historical non fiction around the Tudor Dynasty. I don't think there's much new information to be had.

I'll be looking for summer reading now :)

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggie Mash’s performances?

Not sure. The non-stop quoting in ridiculous voices drove me nuts from the start. If there are books out there without the relentless quoting then I'd he happy to give it a go.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and sometimes anger.

I was expecting a full bio of interesting facts about Mary's childhood and her relationships etc. However, the most used word throughout this book is "probably" along with others of that ilk (possibly, maybe, assume etc) and I ended up howling every time it was spoken.

The thing that annoys me most is that this feels like someone just turning out another "Tudor" volume because of the public's incessant interest when really there is no story to tell - certainly nothing we haven't learned from other sources.

And I felt like a sucker for falling for it.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this its clear that there is not an awful lot known about Mary Boleyn at all (which was the most interesting fact the book delivered to be honest).

Misleading and deliberately entitled to encourage people with an interest in Tudor history to buy it.

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- Jacqueline

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks