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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

by M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for anyone fascinated by the royal wedding, Netflix's The Crown, or Wolf Hall, this is a pitch-perfect reimagining of the romance and tragedy of Henry VIII and his six wives, told from multiple points of view by some of your favorite authors.

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? Would you be the subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you get away and survive like Anna of Cleves?

Meet them and Henry's other queens - each bound for divorce or death - in this epic and thrilling novel that reads like fantasy but really happened. Watch spellbound as each of these women attempts to survive their unpredictable king as he grows more and more obsessed with producing a male heir. And discover how the power-hungry court fanned the flames of Henry's passions...and his most horrible impulses.

Whether you're a huge fan of all things Tudor or new to this jaw-dropping saga, you won't be able to get the unique voices of Henry and his wives - all brought to life by seven award-winning and best-selling authors - out of your head. This is an intimate look at the royals during one of the most treacherous times in history. Who will you root for, and who will you love to hate?

One of the NYPL top 10 best books of the year.

"Ambitious and exciting." (Bustle)

"A clever, feminist reimagining of one of English history's most fascinating moments." (Refinery29)

"These stories of love, lust, power and intrigue never fail to fascinate." (Shelf Awareness)

Who's who:

  • M. T. Anderson - Henry VIII
  • Candace Fleming - Katharine of Aragon, wife #1
  • Stephanie Hemphill - Anne Boleyn, wife #2
  • Lisa Ann Sandell - Jane Seymour, wife #3
  • Jennifer Donnelly - Anna of Cleves, wife #4
  • Linda Sue Park - Catherine Howard, wife #5
  • Deborah Hopkinson - Kateryn Parr, wife #6
©2018 Candace Fleming (P)2018 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Seven talented YA authors and gifted narrators embrace the personalities, foibles, dreams, and philosophies of Henry VIII's unfortunate wives.... Together, these perspectives paint a personal, poignant, thoroughly engaging view of history." (AudioFile)

"Romance and intrigue dominate these accounts, as do the frustrations of being female in a time when 'no woman - not even a Queen - can...show her own power'..." (Shelf Awareness)

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So in love with this book!

what an amazing way to hear the sides of the wives. NEVER had I ever considered Anne Boleyn a victim. Now I think all 6 women were victims, of a brutal time and king!

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Love It!

I've always loved this little part of history and seeing it from this point of view was incredibly insightful and entertaining.

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  • Wahaasamaker
  • 2018-05-20

I loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written and wonderfully performed. It is very entertaining.

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  • Connie Hahn
  • 2018-08-24

Well Worth the Read!!

If you are like me and think you have read every Tudor book there has been and can't imagine there be something new, this is your book. This is not only a fresh new look but a joy to listen to. What a creative way to tell these women's stories. I would love for these authors to go even deeper into the women they wrote about. Thank you so much.

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  • jessica
  • 2018-10-04

kept me listening

good read for Tudor fans.. narrators are good and stories are all told in a provocative way. I did not like Anne of of Cleve's in this book as much. the cadence of the narrators voice made it hard to listen to for long periods of time.. not that it was bad it just made her story seem drawn out because i would space out lol. Very entertaining read otherwise

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  • M. Ward
  • 2018-08-22

Fresh Presentation!

This was so uniquely presented and I loved it. Each wife told her story in first person. Henry gave his viewpoint on the rise and fall of each queen as well. Of course it could only hit the highlights (or lowlights, if you will), but even in a short story format, it managed to give a complete overview of their story.
I’ve read many many many books on the Tudors, and this one is presented differently from all the rest. Definitely worth a credit and a few hours of your time.

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  • lutisha Wilson
  • 2018-08-16

Lovely!

Each narrator brought their characters to life. I simply could not stop listening! Loved it!

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  • cewert
  • 2019-06-05

Not the best

Not the best I have listened to lately. But made it to the very end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-05

An interesting twist

I know this is a little weird but some of my favorite parts were King Henry explaining his choices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-17

Review King Henry

I wish Anna of Cleaves would of been read by someone else. Her monotone was horrible.

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  • Kades
  • 2018-08-08

Brought the characters to life

Excellent book. They really brought the characters to life. I love that each of Henry VIII wives had a voice. I love that we got to see Jane through Henry VIII's Pic after she died.

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  • badfish
  • 2018-07-17

great performance by all involved

what a wonderful story performed by so many talented people!! took me 2 days to finish but well worth my time as I create at my sewing machine!! thank you

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