Sometimes hard to tell the fact from the fiction. This was a well done story based on a very complicated time. It is a complex story but mostly easy to follow.
I love historical fiction and this book is set in a fascinating period. The writer has clearly done her homework and the research is impressive. But, quite simply, she has forgotten to think up a story. After all the hype, this book was the most boring and disappointing listen I have experienced. Absolutely nothing happens. The only good thing about it was the reader -- would love to hear more from him.
This was an insightful and interesting view of Thomas Cromwell. He's always been cast as the villian of the piece, but Mantel gives us another side of this man who was so influential in helping Henry VIII split from Rome. Cromwell's home at Austin Friars comes alive in the pages, as does his family, friends and associates. So much has been written about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII that it's nice to learn something about the real power behind the throne, even though we already know how things will end for Cromwell.
There is very little action and a lot of dialogue. It's difficult to keep the long list of characters straight and I have never been able to stay interested long enough to finish it.
Former English and drama major, bookaholic.
I listened to this book on a road trip and actually stopped listening and downloaded a John Grisham book instead because, after awhile, the book became tedious. It is a good story but, for me,too much time is spent on each scene in order to make it resonate with the reader. I like historical fiction but I just didn't need to know so much stuff- it detracted from the story.
excruciating narrator and narrative! i think i may have finally learned my lesson about caring if a book has won any prizes! in my experience, such accolades are rarely indicative of what is worth reading.
the story for me was very slow. maybe i just didnt give it long enough since other reviews were great, but there are so many great books out there i hated to waste my time.
I found this fascinating but hard to follow. I don't know if it was cut out for audio because as you were listening it felt like it was jumping around and I wasn't always sure what was going on. I think I will read her sequel to this rather than listen. I wasn't sure if I liked it while I was listening but now that it is over I find myself thinking of the novel quite a bit.