"Dull Dull Dull..."
I can't believe I actually listened all the way to the end. Don't get me wrong, this book is unbelievably well written and read. It just trudges along for 24 hours telling the story of Wolsey until the death of Thomas More, and then it ends. Zzzzzz I'm glad I didn't read the book myself.
"Was it worth the effort?"
On the whole I thought it was. Though I found the characters and style of writing rather wooden to begin with, the pace picked up and by the end of the book I felt it came alive - like Pinnochio.
Wow, what an epic. I decided to read this after all the hoo haa about Bring up The Bodies. I wanted to read that but thought it best to start at the begining. This is not my usual read. Crime thrillers are my norm, but this didn't let me down, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I love books which educate as well as entertain and this has been a great education. It is quite heavy going in places but it is lovely to see these historical figures come to life. I'll have a break for a while before tacking Bring up The Bodies but it is certainly on the agenda for the not too distantfuture.
"Historical novel with a comtemporary feel"
I have been listening and reading this in tandem. Picking up listening when it is not possible to read. The created human aspects of the story give a whole new take on a well known period of history making it feel like a contemporary drama. It took a little time to adjust to a different style reader after listening/reading to the whole series of GRRM but now I've settled to the style. After a long day looking at screens Audible is the ideal way to relax and rest eyes but not loose out on the joy of reading.
"Excellent book, but not an easy read"
I found this book compellingly written and well-read, but it's not an easy read (or listen). I often listen to audiobooks on my work commute but that didn't work well with this novel, as I found myself missing things. Better to give it my full attention - and it's worth it, too.
"A good book"
A good book with a solid reading. The reader had his work cut out with this work and did well to handle the often descriptive prose.
"Extraordinary book, beautifully read"
Mantel's feat in recreating the court of Henry VIII and putting the reader right into the middle of it, narrated through one of its central characters, Thomas Cromwell, is truly outstanding. Fantastically researched, beautifully written and very well read by Simon Slater. Highly recommended.
"A long winded disappointment"
All the positive reviews inspired me to try a book a little different to what I would normally listen to, however I was very disappointed with this book.
Its overly long with not much going on until the end of the second download file. The length is not helped by too many characters, with too little defining events/moments.
The narration is not brilliant due to the characters all sounding remarkably similar making following the character story arks hard going and confusing.
I struggled to find motivation to get to the end.
I found this book to be quite slow for the first half, if it hadn't won the Booker I wouldn't have persisted with it. I found it hard to get to know the characters of Mantel's style which is strictly dialogue over action.
However by the second half of the novel I was used to it and was impressed by the ending with Thomas Moore, which is why I believe it won the Booker prize. Mantel has convincingly turned the famous view of Moore from the the highly regarded "a man for all seasons" on it's head.
I enjoyed the narration style from Simon Slater who did a good job of bringing the story to life. I was disappointed to find he did not narrate the sequel.
At first I found it hard to follow the story as I felt the author jumped around and it took me a while to get into the rhythm of the tale. But, quite soon, I was gripped and loved every minute of it. The detail and research that Mantel has displayed in this well-known piece of history was a delight and left me yearning for more. Thankfully, I found "Bring up the Bodies"!