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The Kiss of the Concubine

A Story of Anne Boleyn
Lu par : Alex Lee
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January 28, 1547. It is almost midnight, and the cream of English nobility hold their breath as King Henry VIII prepares to face his God. As the royal physicians wring their hands and Archbishop Cranmer gallops through the frigid night, two dispossessed princesses pray for their father's soul, and a boy, soon to be king, snivels into his velvet sleeve. 

Time slows, and dread settles around the royal bed, the candles dip, and something stirs in the darkness...something, or someone, has come to tell the king it is time to pay his dues. 

The Kiss of the Concubine is the story of Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII's queens.

©2013 Judith Arnopp (P)2018 Judith Arnopp

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  • BVerité
  • 24/11/2018

Incredibly enjoyable listen!

This author does a wonderful job bringing Anne to life. I couldn’t stop listening and finished this book in a day and a half. All Tudor fans will enjoy this one, especially the way it begins and ends- with Henry on his death bed... no spoilers of course.
Narration was excellent.

I’ve listened to every Tudor biography and much of the relevant historical fiction available on Audible. From a young age, I’ve been captivated story of Anne Boleyn. The nearly decade long love story that ends so quickly in her murder, only a few years after they finally were married. I don’t believe for a second that Anne was guilty of adultery, yet it has always haunted me that the king could behead her and so many of his own close friends on false evidence. With this in mind, the author note and conclusion at the end of the book was very intriguing, as she states that there’s new evidence which sheds light on this very issue.

I’m hoping that new histories and/or biographies will come out soon that sheds light on the new evidence!

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  • Kat
  • 06/03/2019

Incredible

For anyone who loves Tudor History, this is a must!!!!! Especially if you are interested in a first person account of Anne Boleyn. This maybe fiction, but it has some interesting historical qualities that makes this story completely absorbing.

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  • lv
  • 27/12/2019

Flawed But Overall OK

I admit I didn't like this book at first and almost called it quits about a third of the way in. The narrator very oddly spoke occasional words with what sounded like a Spanish accent and the writer's depiction of Anne's thoughts during her courtship with Henry VIII, where she's this fragile flower trying to protect her chastity, doesn't ring true with who Anne really was at all. Anne Boleyn was an ambitious, common knowledge "party girl" while part of the French Court and had at least two affairs with notoriously promiscuous men before Henry. Henry himself said he found out after he married Anne that she had lied about her virginity. And I don't think he said that just because he wanted to be rid of her. What I did like about the book was that it begins and ends with her standing over Henry's death bed, taunting and scaring the tar out of him. I thought that was a cool invention. And some of her inner dialog, especially during her last days in the Tower before execution, could very well be close to the truth of what Anne was thinking and going through emotionally. If you are interested in this book, I would almost suggest you first read "Lady in the Tower" by Allison Weir, which is a fantastically detailed non fiction account of the last days of Anne Boleyn. I think knowing all the true facts and details about Anne's last few months of life would enrich the experience of reading this book. Although you'll also be more aware of its errors. OK read, nonetheless.

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  • dlien
  • 02/04/2019

King Henry destroyed a life.

Wonderful history and pure excitement in story . Voices and accents amazing and draws you in.

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  • David
  • 31/01/2019

Enjoyed

I enjoyed this take on the rise and fall of Ann Boleyn. Good narrator. Good story.

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  • H. Meeks
  • 15/06/2019

entertaining

The way the story was told was good. nothing new really but no wild invention either. The narrator was only ok, sometimes her accent changes to a weird half french half Spanish accent for no reason and it's distracting. Her portrayal of Anne I felt was a little off. Sometimes she was a poor innocent draw in by the king, sometimes she was a scheeming power monger. It can't be both. I think she was very clever and calculating, so seeing her as a victim in the beginning was a little off for me. The ending was good! Worth the listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16/09/2018

struggled a bit with the performance.

The narrator doesn't sound as a young vibrant girl but sounds much older - therefore difficult to invision Anne Boleyn.

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  • Christy W.
  • 10/03/2020

A new take

For the most part we read that Anne is an evil adulterous “B” who wrecked a marriage and who was herself not a nice person.
This book puts a whole new spin being written from her point of view and paints her as an impressionable young lady discovering herself and life’s joys.

It was a nice change seeing this side of the coin for a change.

I feel the narrator sometimes lost Anne’s voice and couldn’t remember which she was using. But other than that very easy to follow and understand.
Gripping book. Finished in a day and a half. Wish the author had would write about more of the wives of Henry viii

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04/03/2020

im obsessed with stories of this era

I loved hearing a different version of Anne. i loved the way this author portrayed her.

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  • Abbey Rompf
  • 06/12/2019

More like a romance novel then history

This book would be a fun read for anyone interested in romance novels. It basically picks apart the real story so that it fits in a romantic drama type read. There are a lot of historical inaccuracies although I did appreciate the writer putting Anne in more of a clueless victim role then the usual "Anne the seductress schemer" roll. I think if you are looking for a romance novel loosely based on history then this is for you. If you are looking for historical accuracy about Anne this is not where you will find the whole truth. I gave it a 50/50 rating because I was looking for something more on the historical side, and Im not usually the one to get into romance, Im sure if I was I might have enjoyed it more.

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