In-depth view of the Thomas Cromwell.
His voices were astounding.
A very long, but compelling, book.
Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall is a rich and rewarding novel with a somewhat challenging narrative technique that puts you sometimes inside the protagonist's head in 3rd person and sometimes outside, dialogue that can be difficult to decipher at times. Slater's performance give each of the many characters a distinctive voice, which helps enormously in enjoying the clever exchanges and asides of these rich characters and brings them to life marvelously. I am currently rereading and listening to Wolf Hall simultaneously for maximum enjoyment.
I rarely give up when starting a new book, but this was just too difficult to follow. I really wanted to like this book. I am an avid Tudor-history reader, but this was just too hard to get in to. I hate that I couldn't keep going, but there's just too many other books other there that i want to start to keeping trying at this one.
A different writer could have made this story better. Hilary Mantel's writing style is nothing short of confusing. She jumps from place to place, present to past, character to character in such a way that it leaves you constantly wondering what is going on. Having multiple characters with the same name didn't help either. One almost needs to be a scholar in Tudor history in order to follow the story.
Professional, versatile, entertaining. He did a great job with pathetic material.
I have not heard him before, but Simon Slater does an excellent job of giving a wide bredth of characters distinctive voices, so the intricate story is always easy to follow. I am disappointed to see that he is not narrating the next book in the trilogy.
Some action in the first three hours.
In my alloted time(3hrs) to get into a story, the narrative lacked vigor, action, and was a plodding, boring story. Historical novels is my usual fare, but not this one. I assume I lacked patience on this one, May try to listen again later. Presently, I have other enjoyable storiies to hear,
I did not stick around long enough to know.
Very high. This is a great story, beautifully researched, written, and then the choice of readers is also excellent.
Plot, writing, characterization, and performance. In short, the whole enchalada.
No, but I would follow his readings anywhere! I am disappointed that he's not performing BRING UP THE BODIES, but I also love Simon Vance's reading.
Historical figures and settings enlivened better than any premium cable mini-series.
Had it in my ears all day.
An interesting twist on a familiar tale. By changing the characters placement in this tale of familiar intrigue it allows a view of the whole that is refreshing. Cromwell as an intelligent, almost thoughtful man gives a new perspective.
I really do like Hillary Mantel. I love this series, the period, her point of view.
This series works SO much better in print.
The huge downside of this series in Audio for me was that the books make it clear through use of quotation marks what is internal monologue, and what is spoken aloud. I can't think how else to make this clear in Audio than the constant " ... he said", "... he thought", but that really slowed down the story and makes it much less effective. Cromwell's portrayal as a man who thought much more than he spoke was a critical part of the tale.
Slater was a good narrator, but I got stuck on the constant verbal markers of the difference between thought and speech. That distracted me to the point at which I could not listen to this. Luckily, I had access to the books in another format.