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Brian

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1249)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Don't Give Up"
    Overall

    I recently finished this audiobook. As many of the reviewers have noted, this is not an easy book and requires some attention, especially in the beginning. But I found that by persistence I was able to learn the characters (the reader's voice was very helpful in this regard) and was able to follow the action fairly easily. It does give a unique slant to Thomas Cromwell, usually portrayed as a man of pure evil. The author feels that Cromwell was essential to the making of England as a modern state and also, that he had a human side. She reverses the roles of Cromwell as the man of principle and Thomas More as the man who abused the power of the state to kill his enemies (those who wanted to translate the Bible into English and other Protestant activities.) It was a fascinating book. The reader is excellent throughout, up there with the top 2 or 3 I have heard.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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