I LOVE historical fiction and I am more than familiar with English History, but this book is too dense, filled with long descriptions and side-bar information to absorb in a single "hearing" on audio. Don't even think about multi-tasking while listening ... unless you really don't care if you don't understand relationships at the end of the day. I have listened to chapters 1 - 5 multiple times each, just to fix the various relationships in my mind. The story is fascinating, but for me -- it would be better served up in print, or, if presented by a troupe of actors who could put some individual personality behind the characters.
No, that is one of the problems that has created my initial comment. I've "read' many books, fiction and non-fiction on audio. Some readers are better than others but this voice is flat, not descriptive and down-right boring. He does nothing to differentiate one character from another, not even an ageing male from a young woman .....It is hard to understand why the audio version was released in this way, the story is too good to fall victim to a bad narrator. Moreover, tthere are many splendid narrators at Tandor and Brilliance to indicated that there is not a derth of talent.
King Henry -- why not -- he is the instigator behind the tragedy.
I have many audio books in my personal library. This is the first time I've considered putting an audio version down before finishing the "book". This will not dissuade me for ordering again, but it was not a good way to start a relationship with Audible.com
I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
I loved listening to this book. I actually think listening made this book more enjoyable than it would have been to just read it. The narration to me was perfect. I loved the different voices he used, it made it easy to follow. This book made me feel like I could have been there at court. History came alive for me listening to this book. Thank you Hilary Mantel and Simon Slater.
Cromwell. Because like myself he came from severe abuse. I understood many of the reasons that he thought the way he did. I love that he has many layers to him. I liked the way he took a bad childhood and made himself the best he could with what he had to work with. HE is not perfect and never says he is. He is always striving trying to be better than what he came from.
No. I thought he was outstanding and would love to hear more of his work.
Off with King Henry's head!
Listening to this book made me think on a deep level. I found myself thinking that things that happened 500 years ago, because a king, wanted a new wife changed our lives even to this day. I wonder if religion and politics would have changed so much, if not for this one desire of a king?
I like the print version, too, but there is something captivating about the audio version and I can't stop listening to it. Each time through, I catch something new. I think the audio version also helps with the prose style, since it's easier to tell who is speaking.
I bought this book because it covers a period of history in which I'm interested and had won the Mann Booker award but was so disappointed with the narrator that I abandoned it after several determined tries to get through it. The book consists of rapid switches of dialogue between various people, settings, and time periods and since the narrator rarely varied his voice to identify different speakers -- or when he did, it wasn't a consistent voice for the same person -- and failed to pause for a moment to signal a change of setting or time period, I eventually became fed up with it and moved on to another book.
Maybe to read, but not to listen to, at least not if read by this narrator.
It covers an extremely interesting historical period.
This is one of those books that is great to read... and even better when performed by Slater.
The story includes many characters and Slater manages to give them each a unique voice which really helps to not get lost in this saga of King Henry.
too long to read
Explained in an enjoyable way they complicated relationships of this time
haven gotten there yet
The Devil is in the Details.
The story moves slowly, with relatively little "action" but a lot of the inner workings of one man's mind. It's the performance the kept me going - it's brilliant, with really nuanced differences among the characters so I could tell which person was which in an instant. Brilliant performance, truly.
My main quibble is that the mastering doesn't have any pause between sections or chapters, so when listening, it take a minute to realize the scene has shifted, sometimes quite dramatically (different years, different characters.)
Yes. But difficult to parse out what is spoken dialogue and what is inner dialogue. This got confusing.
So much contempt in his voice!
Read more about Henry VIII
Hilary Mantel is a genious.
I am struggling to get through the story. Wolf Hall is the first audio book that I am having trouble following the story line. The plot seems to go off on many tangents. Boring!!!!
As hard as I tried, which meant delving into this book on two different occasions. As well as purchasing both the written and audio versions, hoping that listening, rather than reading would bring sense to this book. It did not. The storyline jumps from different periods of time in Cromwell's life and different characters with little, or no, warning. The author's language is often over the top. My mind wandered so much that it became more and more difficult to follow the story line.
I purchased this book based on the fact that I find this period of history fascinating and it's an award winning book with decent reviews. Obviously, from the reviews this book is appealing to some readers. I'm just not one of those readers. I have always read a book to the end, whether I'm a fan or not - until now. I'm always hoping it will bring me in at some point. I finally gave up at 75% into Wolf Hall.