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
exciting historical fiction
I like this narrator very much. He is effective, but understated. He does not get in the way of the book. He is an excellent reader, and his is far better than the performance of the reader of Wolf Hall.
You ought to read or listen to Wolf Hall first.
I did not read "Bring Up the Bodies" in Print. I did read "Wolfe Hall" the first of the trilogy and was captured equally by the prose and the character development. I loved the reading by Simon Vance. Its a bit like modern Shakespeare.
There were many, the execution of Anne Boleyn, told from the perspective of the one who did her in and knew her well was a chilling masterpiece of dispassionate observation. One could feel the force of the resistance of any compassion.
Cromwell and Katherine verbally jousting. Their characters were finely honed by this interaction
It was such a dispassionate recounting of a story repeatedly told that it opened my senses to the grinding of history, the rise and fall of champions and the superficial and transitory nature of glory and riches. It left me with a cold and detached perspective on life that stayed with me for days.
I am in love with HIlary Mantel's use of language and how dramatically readable it is. The cold dispassionate ruminations of Cromwell as he tells his story and those around him reveal a full character for whom I ultimately felt compassion. It is worthy of the great masters of English drama and could stand alone as a performance art piece.
I haven't tried the print version but I really enjoyed listening to Simon Vance as the narrator.
The main character was quite interesting. He had many skills and insights and didn't allow the hostility of the rest of the court to keep him from succeeding as an advisor to Henry VIII.
I've enjoyed everything I've heard Simon Vance read
Yes! I had to work at controlling my regret at my husband's intrusion into my listening time!
I want more!
Very good acting and reading skills
Unrealistic details in some place--a small example is that king Henry's bed would have been enclosed by brocade hangings but he is described as staring at the ceiling while in bed. We need to often willingly suspend disbelief at some of the very modern reactions and thoughts of the characters.
I found the narrator difficult to understand and the storyline too boring to stay with. Sorry, not my cup of tea
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