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Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel | [Hilary Mantel]

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.
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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2012

The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times best seller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

©2012 Hilary Mantel (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Sandra 03-18-13
    Sandra 03-18-13
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    "A very interesting point of view"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bring Up the Bodies?

    Setting Ann up for her fall.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    The title character.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

    The title character because of his insight and his point of view of the events.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to it again. Like watching a movie again to see what you've missed the first time.

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    Karla Molnar Florida 03-12-13
    Karla Molnar Florida 03-12-13
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    "Complex and Corrupt Cromwell"
    What did you love best about Bring Up the Bodies?

    Cromwell is fascinating, and I loved how Mantel created such a full and complex character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cromwell was, no doubt, my favorite, but it was fascinating to witness the ruthless rise and eventual decline of Ann Boleyn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite scene in this book, but there are many enjoyable images: the falcons in the opening; the repeated imagery of the Cardinal's ring; Cromwell's flashbacks to his upbringing and his growing nostalgia toward his father. Of course,the final scene is indelible.


    If you could rename Bring Up the Bodies, what would you call it?

    Wolf Hall


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait until the third novel! I am looking forward to reading more of Mantel's work.

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    R. Peeples Winston-Salem, NC 02-11-13
    R. Peeples Winston-Salem, NC 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A story that doesn't get old"
    What made the experience of listening to Bring Up the Bodies the most enjoyable?

    Mantel has an interesting take on this period in English history- she tells the story through Thomas Cromwell's eyes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bring Up the Bodies?

    the continuing conversations between Cromwell and the Emperor's ambassador.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s performance?

    good, overly dramatic


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    Judith Guys Mills, PA, United States 02-11-13
    Judith Guys Mills, PA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Henry the Unhappy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy listening to books while working out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The final scene when Queen Anne is led to her beheading.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

    Both queens.


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    linda CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 02-04-13
    linda CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mesmerizing look at life in 6th century England"
    Where does Bring Up the Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book and it's audio-performance were richly textured and nuanced making this one of the best audiobooks I have sunk into. It takes a little bit of time to adjust to the meter of the writing and the language of the times ( 16th century). But it is worth the small amount of effort required. This was a wonderful sequel to Ms. Mantel's Wolf Hall.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas Cromwell was a brilliant strategist and administrator for Henry VIII - both in this novel and in history. His role in history might imply that he had a relatively easy life, but through Ms. Mantel's writing it was wonderful to view the challenges and dangers of being so close to the King. Definitely brought this otherwise somewhat boring historical figure to life - and through his eyes and experiences saw many delightful snapshots of life for the everyday working class and the noble class in 16th century England


    If you could rename Bring Up the Bodies, what would you call it?

    I love the name. When I got to the part of the book in which the title was evoked, I exclaimed "Ah! That is perfect!"


    Any additional comments?

    The format for iphone is great. Now we need a format for ipad......

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    M. May Brookfield, CT 02-04-13
    M. May Brookfield, CT 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mantel Brings History to Life"
    Would you listen to Bring Up the Bodies again? Why?

    The second book in a planned three-book series, Hillary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies continues the story of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to Henry VIII. This audio version fully captures the drama and beauty of Mantell's prose with an excellent reading by Simon Vance.


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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 01-23-13
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Behind the door and under the bed"
    Where does Bring Up the Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bring Up the Bodies?

    The book had so many outstanding and memorable moments that I could not possibly single out one.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Vance has the ability to bring life to a variety of men and women with believable sh*ts in accents, intonations, and emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    As a student of the Tudor dynasty, I crave historically accurate and compelling interpretations. Until now, my attention has centered on the royals with barely a nod to the supporting cast. Mantel has done an outstanding job fleshing out Cromwell's character and bringing him out from behind the door. My only quarrel with this second book is that Henry VIII is portrayed as a buffoon, driven by his single minded desire for a male heir. Although Cromwell held considerable power, he did not match Henry in intelligence and ability to bring peace to a nation ripped apart by its devastingv civil war that brought the
    Tudors to the throne.

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    Amazon Customer 01-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A great way to experience a great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    This was a great way to experience a great book. I read Wolf Hall in the print edition and enjoyed it, but this was a much more engrossing experience.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Simon Vance's reading was excellent. It was always intelligible; there was differentiation between characters in his reading voice, but not in an annoying artifical way.


    If you could take any character from Bring Up the Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The story is told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, and a very complex and complicated man emerges from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time spent, whether in print or via audio book. I used the voice sync feature for the first time on this book; listening to audio 80% of the time, but occasionally switching to the e-book. That is a very nice and useful technology if you want to pay the extra cost (I was trying a free demo.)

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    Marion 01-15-13
    Marion 01-15-13
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    Unlike any version of history I've read. At first it seemed odd, since I had not read Wolf House (first of the trilogy). Soon the storyline and narration fell into place and I could hardly stop listening to it. Compelling, dramatic, illustrative of life in the court and country of King Henry the VIII. I am no history buff, but this book made me eager to learn more about Old England, its monarchy and politics.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His intriguing voice and intonation. His ability to portray the characters distinctly.


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    Enid newyork, NY, United States 01-07-13
    Enid newyork, NY, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "fascinated by hisyory? this book is for you!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Henry and his romances are interesting... but an entire book?lots of characters for a narrator. Good job


    Could you see Bring Up the Bodies being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Gerard depardieu for henry laura linney and nicole kidman and ann hathaway for the wives.


    Any additional comments?

    You have got to be a histiry buff to love this detailed book.

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