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A bold new analysis of one of history’s most misrepresented women.

History has lied.

Anne Boleyn has been sold to us as a dark figure, a scheming seductress who bewitched Henry VIII into divorcing his queen and his church in an unprecedented display of passion. Quite the tragic love story, right?

Wrong.

In this electrifying exposé, Hayley Nolan explores for the first time the full, uncensored evidence of Anne Boleyn’s life and relationship with Henry VIII, revealing the shocking suppression of a powerful woman.

So leave all notions of outdated and romanticised folklore at the door and forget what you think you know about one of the Tudors’ most notorious queens. She may have been silenced for centuries, but this urgent book ensures Anne Boleyn’s voice is being heard now.

#TheTruthWillOut

©2019 Hayley Nolan (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Sue
  • 20-03-2021

Annoying narration, very average book

I normally love Tudor history but I found this book a slog. Finished it in the hope it would improve. It didn't

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Incredibly Interesting and Enlightening!

I loved listening to this book. It is well narrated and researched. It was great to hear about the real Anne Boleyn not the evil seductress we have been told about for hundreds of years. Thanx for demystifying this for us Hayley Nolan.

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What a book!!

I bought the Audible version of the book on release day because I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. Boy am I glad I did! Hearing Hayley read her book in her own impassioned way was a real treat and a great way to experience the review of the tale that is Anne Boleyn. The arguments were reasonable and from a psychological point of view, they made sense. It made me wonder how many sociopaths I interact with 😐
Bravo to the author for the many years of hard work and research that went into this gem of a book.

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  • LeeAnne Worthington
  • 20-01-2020

Interesting Enjoyable Story

Not quite the book story I thought I was getting, but really good non the less.
I felt like I was in a college history class lead by a professor that was interesting, knowledgeable and brought the characters to life in a new light. Wanted to keep going to class!

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  • Susie's
  • 17-01-2020

Well Researched

It is always exciting to find new facts searched on the Tudor Era, especially from women. We have wonderful, also well searched historical novels that I have grown to love over the past 20 years. I find myself yearning to know more.

These women have even more connection as I find myself to be a descendant of several famous (and infamous) strong women often labeled at she-wolves, whores and bitches by the male dominated field of historians and scribes. Viewing a woman 's paradigm enlightens the paths taken by these often unpopular woman that changed the world in their limited capacities. Anne's role in enlightening a king to different point of view released England from the tyranny of the powerful increasingly corrupted Catholic church, opening the way for reform world wide. Then to give birth to one of the greatest queens in history, Elizabeth I, etched a firm place for Anne in history. She created a wake of events that left her both hated and loved the world over.

As much as I appreciate the author's obvious enthusiasm, another reader may have done this audio book more justice. I don't mean to be unkind, it is a rare author (like Toni Morrison) that possesses that gift.

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  • momo chan
  • 02-12-2019

Very annoying narrator!

There is no doubt that the author did her research, but reading aloud her own work was not enjoyable for me.
Her voice is grating on the ears and she sounds like she's trying too hard as she constantly tries to drive her point home. I really wanted to like to this book but she ruined it for me. I am a HUGE Anne Boleyn fan and have read many works on her, but this book was not a good choice for me.

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  • MusicFan27
  • 17-03-2020

One of the Best Examples of Click Bait

I could not wait for this book to be finished. I was completely fine with her snark and sarcasm in the introduction but it continued throughout the whole book. This forces the writing to be very unpolished and unprofessional. She spends her time putting down other historians while lifting herself up as the only person on this planet who has ever looked at Anne Boleyn as a person and not a fictional character. As if somehow other historians do not have access to the same documents as she did. Nolan does not offer anything new or interesting in Boleyn's life. It's just a retelling of the story as click bait.

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  • Nanno
  • 31-01-2020

Good Historical Information

Took some time to get motivated to continue with this book, but once past the first few pages I found I wanted
to reach the final conclusion. Be patient and enjoy.

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  • Erin
  • 21-05-2021

Highly Recommend for all History Nerds

A phenomenal performance from the author herself. The story is gripping. If you think you know the story of Anne Boleyn, The I highly recommend this book.

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  • A. Kurbiec
  • 22-04-2021

wonderful

I am fascinated by the Tudor ERA! Well written and documented of what really happened. great investigation to get the facts straight.

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  • ECL
  • 19-04-2021

interesting & well done

A story well researched is interesting , but the sarcastic humor added into the history of it makes it amazing.

Poor Ann Boleyn, so slighted in most of history as a fickle woman. I hope more historians will do their due diligence & look again.

I've read many books about Elizabeth I, but this is a first about her mother. Thank you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-04-2021

surprised by the negative reviews, this was great!

I have read a lot of academic work in the field of Tudor history as well as popular titles by well known authors like Starkey and Weir. What Nolan is trying to do is shake the conventional historical narrative on its head and show how history has been written by those in power to fit a certain perspective. This work does just that.

A lot of the complaints seem to stem from the narrator who is the author. I enjoyed Nolan's narration and did not find anything wrong with her sarcastic quips or repetitive statements. They were blended well with extremely well researched arguments and strong writing.

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  • Virginia L. Davis
  • 01-04-2021

Justice for Anne Boleyn!

This was an excellent book. It was very eye-opening. I truly enjoyed it and almost cried at the end. Anne was such an incredible and inspiring woman. It’s devastating to know that other historians have been so unkind to her.

I also enjoyed the narration by the author. She read her own book the way it was meant to be read. I doubt anyone else could have done her book justice.

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  • Ke Donn
  • 12-12-2019

Dreadful narration ruins what could be a good book

oh lord, I've suffered through some dreadfully narrated books but this one is unbearable. Such a shame because the concept of the book appeals greatly.
sadly returned

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  • Jody
  • 18-12-2019

Great book Terrible narration

If you don’t know your history and haven’t studied Anne Boleyn this book is for you
It has some very good points and it’s researched well.
Sadly it’s written as if to appeal to twenty year olds with references to hashtags and the like.
Awesome.
It’s as though the author wishes to target a new audience, yet she alludes a few times in the book who the readers of this genre usually are, yet this way of writing is definitely not going to appeal to them.
It’s not as groundbreaking like the author would like you to think.
If you’re of reasonable intelligence and have knowledge of this period, what she has written is no great surprise. All she has done is provide documented accounts of what we knew to be true all along.
Yet she arrogantly believes she’s singlehandedly put to rights the story of Anne Boleyn’s death.

But to the readers new to this subject matter it definitely clears up those silly urban myths.

NOTE; If you want to purchase this book buy the paper copy or the kindle version.
It’s good to hear authors read their own work. They are the best choices to bring it to life because they know their own writing style, but in this case the author’s intonation and sarcastic points at the end of every few sentences is annoying. Think Miranda Hart.
It’s like she’s reading to a classroom of six year olds and trying to keep them interested. The points are extremely interesting already, you’re defeating the object with the silly voices.



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  • Becca
  • 22-01-2020

a no from me, chief

didn't finish this. i found the narrator grating and the use of slang and "sass" over the top and took away from the facts that were being presented. it's a shame as the concept was really interesting.

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  • LouLou
  • 14-03-2020

Great story ... but

The story was great but the narrator felt flippant and dismissive. Her reading seemed to cheapen the message she was trying to share particularly with the use of the phrasing ‘hashtag’. The narration was over the top and dramatic bordering on cheesy at times (particularly at the beginning).

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  • S. Shutler
  • 09-11-2020

Refreshing look at Anne Boleyn

I found this book to be a refreshing look at Anne Boleyn life and death

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  • Scout Sleeps Sheila Jervis
  • 23-10-2020

Cannot listen to this

Get a professional to read this.
I'd like a refund. This wonsn cannot and should not be allowed to do audiobooks.


AWFUL.

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  • C. West
  • 06-07-2020

Awful

The information contained is interesting but it’s delivery is irritating and childish.....I didn’t finish the book as I couldn’t bear the sarcastic delivery! Such a shame....don’t buy it

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  • Clare
  • 26-05-2021

oh dear oh dear oh dear.

I love history and have always been fascinated, like many people, in Tudor history. driving a lot, it made sense to get the audio book. I'm lucky I did not crash my car. The narration is awful, fake accented, pretentious and sarcastic to the extreme . I will be deleting thus from my playlist as the thought of accidentally playing the remaining 9.4 hours is too painful to contemplate. I have just returned home determined to find out who the writer is and their credentials as an historian, and as a Psychologist, and who the narrator is as the writer must surely be disappointed by the delivery. Research done, credentials checked, the former clearly not having been done by the author. oh dear, oh dear oh dear.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-05-2021

Absolutely Appalling - avoid

I was looking forward to listening to this but I am truly sorry I bothered. The author makes massive and illogical biased assumptions from mostly widely known facts and does not even consider alternatives - if you are even moderately interested in Tudor history then there is nothing new here.

I was looking forward to hearing this from Anne's perspective but all we got was an anti-men rant from an ardent and illogical feminist whose delivery was clearly aimed at a class of 10 year-olds rather than the typical listener of this type of book. Absolutely awful and the first book I have returned to Audible.

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  • AnubisFan
  • 17-04-2021

An incredible history emotionally delivered

It’s really emotional and gut wrenching to now know how Anne Boleyn has been misrepresented over the course of the centuries. The performance is brilliant by virtue of the fact that it is delivered by the expert, with all the emotional weight that depth of knowledge brings.

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