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Last Wife of Henry the VIII

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Once again acclaimed author/historian Carolly Erickson allows listeners the pleasure of being privy to her subject's innermost thoughts and feelings. Listeners will find themselves spellbound as they hear Catherine Parr relate her story in her own words. Fictionalized history has never been finer or more rewarding. Terry Donnelly gives a stellar voice performance as she brings to life the well educated, clever, romantic woman who was the last of Henry VIII's six wives. To many at the time Catherine must have seemed an odd choice for Henry. She was the daughter of a country squire, and lost her first husband in 1529. She then married Sir John Nevill, a gentleman of means with a Yorkshire estate called Snipe Hall. He died in 1542, which left Catherine available to be courted by Henry. She accepted his proposal. The machinations of court life are, as always, fascinating as Catherine manages to remain aloof from the various factions. It should be noted that she did have a burgeoning interest in Protestantism and is dismayed to find the Church of England clerics every bit as crafty as the Catholics before them. She proves to be an able and thoughtful stepmother, although at the time she was only slightly older than Princess Mary. Henry was in declining health and Catherine outlived him to marry Thomas Seymour. One more riveting biography from Carolly Erickson and stellar narration by gifted stage actress Terry Donnelly. - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Very Enjoyable, if not quite as good as Phillipa Gregory

    First of all, I would like to say that Terry Donnelly does a fantastic job of voicing this audio recording - I could definitely see myself choosing an audiobook based solely on the fact that she is its reader. Her pacing, inflection, and clarity are commendable.

    The story itself was incredibly interesting and I felt engaged from beginning to end and couldn't wait to hear what happened to Katherine Parr. My only criticism is that I felt the timeline of the story was confusing at times - some chapters would span one day while other span multiple years. I enjoyed Ms. Erickson's novel only slightly less than I generally like Phillipa Gregory's novels of similar style.

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