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I have read many, many novels about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and enjoyed most; however none have I listened to with such joy, excitement, and anticipation. Simon Slater did an excellent job, his performance kept me breathlessly waiting for the next moment. I was hesitate to buy Wolf Hall because I read it in print. This listening experience made me appreciate Mandel's beautifully written novel. Love, Luv luv it.
An absolute gift to lovers of great writing and reading. A wonderful, dense and rewarding novel read by a man clearly born to read it aloud to us. I can only marvel at this perfect match of great text and brilliant performance. Bravo! Double Booker Prize soon to be a triple!
Simon Slater was an unknown narrator to me, but he did a good job. My only issue was with some of his European accents, which weren't great, but his rhythm and narration were solid.
Wolf Hall exceeded my expectations. Hilary Mantel has truly set herself apart from the typical historical fiction genre to create a story that is unique and compelling despite being filled with familiar characters and well known outcomes. It is not an easy read/listen, but the rhythm and weave of the story is excellent if you are familiar with the history.
Rich characterization and intricate plotting.
I particular enjoyed the scenes where Cromwell clashes with Thomas More. Let the philosophical and theological wool fly!
No, the book was much too rich and dense to consume I one sitting. This book is not like popcorn or potatoe
Chips, think of it more like 4 course meal at a 5 star restaurant. You want to take your time and savor every moment.
A nice some what lugubrious treatment of the Early Protestant reformation and view of Henry VIII/ Boleyn court.
Librarian and long-car-trip enthusiast.
I've read assembly manuals that were more compelling than this novel. While this book may have succeeded on the page, as an audiobook it falls flat. The narration is confusing and between the pronouns with no referents and the limited descriptions of the setting or circumstances, I spent most of the time trying to figure out wtf was happening. I was also unsure of how much time passed between the chapters. Months? Years? Why did the Cardinal Wolsey die? The confusion made it very hard to care about Thomas or his family.
Unlike some other historical fiction - I'm lookin at you, Phillipa Gregory - the novel felt contextually truthful.
Save yourself the headache and just read the book.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
History with insight
Liked Henry 8th and of course Cromwell
First one and I look forward to reading many more
Cromwell to chatt about his life experiences
Glad I read this series and am better informed alittle about History
I loved reading this book enough that I dreaded it's ending. I have enjoyed listening to it just as much!
Simon Slater differentiates between voices, but he doesn't get to the point of making the differences too cartoon-y.
Becoming a Person
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
I admit, I was a little apprehensive listening to this book. Sure, I have a fascination with the Man Booker prize book winners and their fantastic story telling gifts but I really had a disdain for Cromwell from my early childhood. Cromwell never got a positive look-in through my history lessons at school and always looked like an overgrown Friar Tuck. After watching ‘Man for All Seasons” which paints Sir Thomas More as an angel, I had some doubts about the Tudors and their times. So, putting my prejudices aside I gave a chance to Hillary Mantel to provide her own fictionalized story of a reviled figure in English history. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Yes, it is long and arduous at times and quite detailed on historical names and places. But it is never boring. You always wanted to know the next chapter in the intrigue and poor More does get a good bashing – especially by the narrator. There are no heroes in this book – just old fashioned conniving royals in their fancy Court trying to upend each other. A thoroughly good read and I will now have to see what happens to Ann Boleyn in “Bringing up the Bodies”. I hear it’s a trilogy and Cromwell will get his just deserts soon enough.
Superb history story
Cromwell, of course. The author and narrator combine to humanize him and the mid 1500s as no other account I have ever read.
This is the first time I have heard him. But now I will look for him.
I like to take Cromwell out, but he might be bored.
This should be required reading in any college English or Western European history course.
The switches and turns in the book (mainly breaks in chapters and narrator's voice) as well as the complexity of the story made this a very very challenging audio-book. I have to admit I gave up on it when I lost my place (accidentally fast-forwarded) and decided it was not worth my further investment to go find it and try to pick up the thread again. I think this is probably a great book, just very difficult to track in audio-book form.
I love historical fiction.
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Bottom line - this does not seem like a good book to be an audio-book