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Innocent Traitor

Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

Lady Jane Grey was born into the most dangerous of times. Child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother for whom she was a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, she lived a life in thrall to political machinations and lethal religious fervour.

Growing up with the future Queen Elizabeth and her reluctant nemesis, Mary, she soon learned the truth of the values imparted to her by Henry VIII's last Queen, Katherine Parr. Her honesty, intelligence and strength of character carried her through all the vicious twists of Tudor power politics to her nine-day reign and its unbearably poignant conclusion.

©2006 Alison Weir (P)2006 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"Alison Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind." ( The Independent)

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Loved it

I loved the writing style, to hear it from different points of view was great

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appalling performance

alternative voices so bad they ruined the story. characters not at all engaging. quite boring

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Awesome

This book was enthralling.Loved every word spoken. Such a sad story of how innocent children were dragged into horrifying events to satisfy and advance their parents status.

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  • Kirstine
  • 08-02-2017

History brought to life

Other novels by the author have touched on the tragic life of Lady Jane Grey, but this book gives a detailed account of her story interwoven with the events surrounding her short time on this earth. Descriptions of historical events and the actions of the main players of the Tudor period are enlivened by the author’s imagination in creating possible conversations and experiences creating a narrative akin to a drama. Although we know Jane’s eventual fate the story leading up to it is gripping and saddening. A precociously clever girl wishing only for a quiet, studious life, but who had to suffer having an abusive, monster of a mother and be used as a pawn in the ambitions of her parents and other aristocrats vying for power and influence. It was tough being a well-born girl in those days!

I greatly enjoyed this entertaining and educational approach to history.

The narrator does a great job of dramatising the imagined dialogue with her facility in creating voices for different ages, sexes and social classes.

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  • Linda Bell
  • 18-03-2017

brilliant

best historical novel that i have. read for a long time. excellent naration. a unique insight into Tudor court life

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  • Adrienne
  • 12-03-2017

great story...

I am normally a Phillipa Gregory reader , but thoroughly enjoyed this book . with the chopping and changing of characters you couldn't afford to lose concentration for a moment.but a great listen

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  • Lisa
  • 01-09-2017

Truly an outstanding performance

Where does Innocent Traitor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first review I have written for an audio book but after listening to this wonderful story I felt I had to share my experience. For me, it is the beautiful narration by Patience Tomlinson that was the key to my enjoyment of this wonderful book. I had read the book in print on its release but of late I have had to rely more on audio books and was struggling with the transition but on hearing this beautiful narration I was completely hooked. She masters the characters voices complete with different dialects and accents and she does not falter. The story itself is wonderful and if you like a historical drama based on fact then this is certainly the book for you. I am so taken with the wonderful narration that I intend to look for other books by this brilliant and talented narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Although I loved the story the narrator brought it to life.

What about Patience Tomlinson’s performance did you like?

An absolutely wonderful performance that has without a doubt after a long struggle with the transition from print to audio finally converted me with her wonderful performance I think I can say after reading this in print on its publication I enjoyed the audio version more than the printed book itself. She brought all the characters to life.

Any additional comments?

I have always been fascinated with Lady Jane Grey and have read many books both fact and fiction and this is probably one of my favorites.

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  • Debbie
  • 13-04-2017

Fabulous book

I love history books including historical fiction. I knew the story of Lady Jane Grey from studying at school but this story really brings it home just how weird that particular point of history got. Touring and frying of religious zealots on both sides proves how divisive religion can be, leading to death destruction of both people and, almost, nations. A wonderful read.

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  • joan
  • 15-01-2017

historical marval

very much enjoyed this book. the narration was of a high standard.
I highly recommend this book

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  • Leander
  • 28-02-2017

Voice grated on me

I hate to moan but I just couldn't finish this as the voice for the young Lady Gray was grating and whiny and not that much better for other characters. Didn't enjoy at all. Shame as I suspect it could have been a good story.

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  • annie
  • 20-07-2020

Heartbreaking story

An engrossing story full of historical intrigue. The story is one most people know of, however this book delves deeper to its heartbreaking conclusion. The narration is superb, second to none. Patience does a wonderful job of changing voices. I have to say it has been one of the best audible books I have listened to. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves historical novels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2020

Bringing to life.

The narration was superb throughout, with a clear and reasonable insight of the thinking of that era. The obvious youth and manipulation of poor Lady Jane was well portrayed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-2020

its Alison Weir - so you know it's great already

brilliant fictional book but with the under pinning of the life of a poor young girl who is often forgotten in history.