Monday, July 07, 2008

39. The Other Boleyn Girl

by Philippa Gregory, read by Ruthie Henshall

I listened to the abridged audiobook "movie tie-in" edition and was VERY disappointed. While the reader, Ruthie Henshall, was quite good (even doing a plausible job on men's voices), the abridgment butchered the book! I also had a print copy on hand, and there is no way a 600+ page book could be condensed to six CDs without leaving out a lot of important details. I suspect the abridgment corresponds better with the recent movie it ties into (which I have not seen) as it doesn't do the book itself justice. I ended up reading the latter as well.

It is interesting to read the varied opinions about the historical accuracy of the book in reviews at LibraryThing and at This is a work of historical FICTION and I feel it was successful because it made me want to read more about the Boleyns from more reputable sources. I found the book to be a quick, enjoyable read, one that was hard to put down.

I would give NO stars to the abridgement but 4+ stars to the full book.

ETA: Here's SomeReads' review.


  1. I think I said much the same thing in my review of The Other Boleyn Girl. I enjoyed it, too. I never listen to abridged audiobooks - I just don't see the point.

  2. I've listened to a few abridgments that were OK. I purchased this one for our library, and there was no unabridged version available (we have to buy new; and I'd WANT to buy new when it comes to audiobooks).

    I'll find your review, edit my post and link to it.