It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History is a history of heartbreak - replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip - and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time. Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright's It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved - from his old tutor to most of his friends - put to death. Oscar Wilde's lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn't looking so bad now, is it?
With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these 13 terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who's ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we've behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.
©2015 Jennifer Wright (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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"My Absolutely Favorite Book in Every Way!"
I heartily disagree with this book's bad reviews.
The narrator's voice was quirky but "totally" right for the tone of the book. History served up for fun and consolation with a delicious mix of ancient fact and current idiom to drive home the fact that love hasn't changed much over the years and the rich and famous have always made good copy.
It just goes to show--bad reviews may be robbing you of something uniquely wonderful to your particular sensibilities. Ever loaned a a book you just loved to a friend and they couldn't get through the first chapter? Okay then.
From the eunuch forced up to cross dress as the Roman empress (who'd just been executed) through Henry II jailing Eleanor of Aquitaine to the knife in the back that broke Oscar Wilde's heart--whether he ever admitted it or not--this book was great listening. Kind of "themed history" where it was easy to see, regardless of how our hearts are broken, we are certainly not alone and definitely not the worst case ever. (Porus, the eunuch gets my vote--geez!) Easy listen; ideal for a stopping and starting listen like for long commutes. Will definitely look for more by Jennifer Wright. Recommend.
Drama meet psychology meets history meets murder. Engaging subject matter and entertaining reader. A remarkable new perspective on many historical and contemporary figures that you probably thought you knew. Well, turns out you don't, and this is a compelling way to find out how and why. I have to admit I picked this up thinking it would be a bit sensational, and it was, just not quite in the way I thought it would be and, frankly, more than I thought it would be. Would definitely read a volume 2.
"Just the chapter on Anne Boleyn alone is worth it"
The part about how Anne Boleyn reacted to a "breakup." Never thought about it this way before until the author laid it out. Anne Boleyn gets the Nobel Prize in accepting a breakup with grace. She should be remembered in history better than she is for that alone.
I Don't Care About Your Band. Another delightful collection of breakup stories.
The snark comes across in delightful manner. There was enough snark in the author's original wording to come across in a robot voice, but the narrator really made it come alive.
"Don't cry, Sugar--no man is worth it."--Some Like it Hot
Love history AND snarky dating/relationship advice books. What a perfect combination!
"Made it through four chapters"
I wanted to like this book, but the never ending stream of historical tangents and sassy quips drained each story's momentum. Lighthearted jokes about truly dark human behavior didn't work for me. The narrator was good except the microphone made her "S" sounds annoyingly sharp. Had to turn down treble EQ on car stereo.
"It was boring, I didn't like the plot. Was silly."
I didn't like it. It overall was boring and silly. The plot could have been a little more explosive if you ask me.
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