Another light look at the tudor period. It was interesting to hear a story from a different perspective. Ienjoyed the narration
"Brilliant history lesson"
If you like me took little notice of your history lessons at school and are wanting to catch up this is a brilliant listen. Wonderfully read this book charts the history of Henry the 8th at the most interesting and formative time of English history. It is facinatingly written in a non-sequential way which makes it more intriguing and compelling. Wholeheartedly recommend it.
Quite simply the standout audiobook of my collection. Hilary Mantel's apologia of the man for all seasons is a masterpiece in its own right: superbly written, subtle, massively learned, funny and deeply moving.
It is read with an intelligent, dry humour by Simon Slater who I cannot praise highly enough. If you were looking for a book to get people hooked on the audiobook format this would be it. It's a great, long listen but one which will leave you bereft, wishing for more.
I've not read this author (or listened) before and fee asl though I've missed out. Thoroughly enjoyable, excellently told and great naration from Simon Slater. Will be keeping my eye out for more from the author and will also be looking on line at the recommended reading mentioned at the end of the book. Very immpressed and will be watching for more.
"substantial but rewarding"
Congratulations to Simon Slater on doing full justice to this complex and often almost poetical novel. His range of voices is most impressive, and he avoids altogether the possible confusion between characters which those who read a print version often experience. Thanks to the expert reading, the listener can enjoy listening to the familiar tale of the conflicts created by Henry VIII's determination to divorce Katherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn - but from a completely different angle. This is a great edifice of a book which examines both the sweep of the historical events and the minute detail of everyday lives. The listener must be prepared to appreciate the measured flow of the work - no hurrying along to see what happened next (we know the familiar story anyway). Attentive listening will be rewarded with a richness of pleasure in this remarkable book.
I have listened to this book at least 3 times each time I have listened I have discovered more the language is spellbinding and simon slater's characterisation is amazing from cromwell to norfolk
He must be the narrator for part two when released
I have to say i did not enjoy this audio book at all.Too much detail, not enough substance. Its rambling, stuttering text and its half finished sentences drove me crazy.
not much to say too much hype , a truly boring book
Good book, although heavy going for over 24 hours. Cleverly woven dialogue mixing fact with fiction. Absolutely brilliant narration, which is keeping me involved.
"A wonderful, intriguing book"
I purchased this mainly because of the Booker link and wasn't expecting such an intriguing, involving and well-narrated book. I really hope there will be a sequel...