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Bring Up the Bodies | [Hilary Mantel]

Bring Up the Bodies

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.
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Publisher's Summary

Costa Book of the Year, 2012

UK Author of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards, 2012

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2012

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.

In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world.

©2012 Tertius Enterprises (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Elena Christchurch, New Zealand 06-02-12
    Elena Christchurch, New Zealand 06-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "As good as the Wolf Hall"

    Having absolutely loved the 'Wolf Hall', I have expected this book with a mix of excitement and trepidation, and must say that it is absolutely fantastic. I love the way the story is told as perceived by Cromwell and I also loved some original twists in what has now become a very familiar tale (thanks to Philippa Gregory and 'The Tudors').

    The narrator is perfect. I've enjoyed every minute of listening to this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P Armidale, Australia 01-15-14
    P Armidale, Australia 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "STUNNING"
    What did you love best about Bring Up the Bodies?

    Removed me from the 21st century and dumped me in the 16th using brilliant characterisation and imagery.


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

    Enthralling all the way through


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Insightful exploration all the way though.


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

    Major and minor characters are both fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved "Wolf Hall" but this sequel is even more enthralling. Dreaded ending the experience. Once finished, I played it all over again. Hilary Mantel's talent is frightening. The narrator, Simon Vance, absolutely nails it. His Henry VIII makes me feel I know him ........which is a worry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-05-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-05-13 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Brilliant, Again!"

    After I finished reading Wolf Hall I had to deliberately stop myself from simply reading this sequel. Perhaps that was a bit indulgent, but it did mean that I was looking forward to this with great anticipation - all positive. I guess I was a bit disappointed when I began to listen.
    In part it was because Simon Vance was different in his reading of Cromwell. Henry's voice too had changed. Queen Anne's accent had changed. What was going on? Vance is better than that, I thought. I can be a bit slow sometimes. Then it dawned on me! Of course the voices were different. The characters were different, so why wouldn't the voices be different.
    This is a different Cromwell from the one of humble beginnings as a blacksmith's son and then climbing the greasy power pole. Here, he is almost atop of the pole; at the height of his persuasive powers. Mocking Machiavelli as an amateur, avenging his patron and mentor's tormentors; reaping the ultimate revenge on each of the "four paws"and repaying the Queen's jealous dismissal of him in cold,calculating steel. Here is a man, a lawyer, a statesman to be reckoned with. And with that reckoning comes a new surety. He is starting to sound a bit more like Thomas More. He is behaving a bit more like a king. The stage is set now for the ultimate confrontation - king against king-maker. I really can't wait for the final chapter.
    I loved the subtlety of this book. Maybe I'm reading too much into it and the change of voice. Maybe it is just a good yarn. But I don't think so. It's much, much better than that. In my opinion, a deserved second time winner of the Man-Booker. Readers of great books should not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ivanhoe, Australia 03-19-13
    Jennifer Ivanhoe, Australia 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, factually interesting - want to keep reading, sorry it ended. Will read more Mantel books.


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

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alka Auckland New Zealand 03-18-13
    Alka Auckland New Zealand 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thomas Cromwell serving the court of Henry VIII"

    Very well written, great story. The characters are well developed and believable.
    The story picks up from where wolf hall ends, so it is worth reading both in sequence to enjoy the context.
    However, by the end of the book I was ready for something lighter.
    I would have liked the book to end with a final note on how life ended for Thomas Cromwell and his family but I guess that will likely be the next book.
    Rich in detail and imagery, a good historical hit.
    Enjoy!



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    Helena Cape Town, South Africa 02-19-13
    Helena Cape Town, South Africa 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "History so vividly told"

    As in its predecessor (Wolf Hall), Mantel uses Thomas Cromwell to view the unfolding of critical history - the unravelling of the second marriage of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. In Cromwell, Mantel re-creates the most fascinating of characters - a consummate man of the world who skilfully negotiates narrow and dangerous paths along the corrupt and unsteady cliffs of the English court. A certain weariness and cynicism can be detected in Cromwell's armour in this second volume of the trilogy-to-be as the compromises of principle heap up. One can only applaud this repeat achievement of massive research presented apparently effortlessly.
    The narrator was perfect for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Faye Castlemaine, Australia 12-04-12
    Faye Castlemaine, Australia 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "At the royal court of Henry VIII"
    Where does Bring Up the Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A beautifully written evocation of life, politics and intrigue in the court of King Henry VIII as Anne Boleyn falls out of royal favour. A worthy Booker prize winner.


    What other book might you compare Bring Up the Bodies to and why?

    A more in-depth look at a particular passage of time from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The slow build-up to Anne's execution as she waits in the tower will live in my memory


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

    Thomas Cromwell, consummate politician


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Susan Dicker Sharon Springs, N.Y. United States 12-03-12
    Barbara Susan Dicker Sharon Springs, N.Y. United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than Wolf Hall"

    I enjoyed this 2nd book about Thomas Cromwell more than the first book as the author's writing of dialogue was clearer. Hilary Mantel deserved the Booker Prize for this one. She is able to transport you into the court of Henry the 8th and she knows how to flesh out her characters. The reader was fine. Highly recommended. I am looking forward to the final book in this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Toowoon Bay, Australia 11-24-12
    Robert Toowoon Bay, Australia 11-24-12
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    "A worthu sequel to Wolfhall"
    If you could sum up Bring Up the Bodies in three words, what would they be?

    Accurate Fascinating Exciting


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

    Execution of Anne Bolyn


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First meeting with the jester who plays an old beggar and tricks Cromwell to employ him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it is a great read, particularly as there will be a further book in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benita Brisbane, Australia 11-22-12
    Benita Brisbane, Australia 11-22-12
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    "Literary classic of Tutor England"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Beautifully scripted book.Great Listending


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

    Most memorable is Cromwell's recall of Christmas with his daughters who have since died.


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

    Undoubtedly Cromwell and his struggle to stay afloat in a society where betrayal and greed rules and the Kings word is absolute.


    Any additional comments?

    A really great classic. Hilary Mantel's second classic which surpasses the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Madeline
    York, United Kingdom
    6/2/12
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    "Superb"

    Another astonishing tour de force from Hilary Mantel. A superb portrayal of a 'modern' politician in Tudor England - a brilliant, complex man both humane and brutal, subtle and blunt, ambitious and patient. Beautifully written, deceptively simple in style with flowing narrative, startling, vivid images and perceptive comments on life and people delivered with searing clarity and it all seems so effortless.

    Not as well read as by the reader of Wolf Hall (who is superb) - the voices for the different characters are not well defined and the accents poor - but the narrative is well read and it doesn't detract from the excellence of the book.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • cats22
    Oxfordshire
    11/14/12
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    "Worthy sequel to Wolf Hall"

    Mantel has produced another masterpiece. I didn't find it quite as satisfactory as Wolf Hall but even so I cannot give it less than 5 stars.



    Her command of the period and the ability to make the reader feel they are in the room and know the characters are in my view matchless. This book is more tightly written than Wolf Hall, it is less shadowy and more focused on plot. I must admit I rather missed the dream-like quality and the flights of fancy from Wolf Hall but it is nevertheless a great listen.



    One small thing rather bothered me though. Mantel, perhaps stung by some of the criticism of Wolf Hall from readers who didn't know which "he" was being referred to has peppered this book with "He, Cromwell..." etc. I found it a little intrusive, perhaps because I didn't find the references in Wolf Hall caused me any problems.



    Simon Vance is an excellent reader but his characterisation was not, for me, quite as sure as Simon Slater's superb voicing of Wolf Hall. I found myself missing Slater's Cromwell a lot.



    Despite all of this, I still rate this reading highly.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    6/3/12
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    "Tudor turbulence continued"

    This book takes up where Wolf Hall left off. Henry VIII has married Anne Boleyn but his enchantment with her is waning, especially after his disappointment at her delivering a daughter. He is planning to ditch her and marry Jane Seymore. This short period of history is described in minute detail combining facts with imaginative speculation as to what was said or happened. There were times when the detail and sheer number of names was confusing, but overall it was a good listen. I think Wolf Hall is marginally the better book.
    As with Wolf Hall, this short period of history is seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who, in this book is a less sympathetic character as he becomes embroiled in often repellent manoeuvres to find grounds to get rid of Anne. It must have been a dangerous time to be a member of the Court as Henry is a frighteningly unpredictable, selfish and self-righteous.
    I thought the reader did a good job of giving the characters different voices which helped with so many characters to keep track of.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Inglis
    Matlock,UK
    10/28/13
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    "Densely plotted and surprisingly tense and moving"

    This is the first exposure I've had to either Hilary Mantel or Simon Vance, and my ignorance of the historical period in question is almost total. Possibly I was more entertained than the majority of the less ignorant general population would be.

    It says something about the quality of the source material, and the performance of the narrator that I was by turns:

    * laughing out loud like an idiot in public, in reaction to a sarcastic discussion of a prized Christmas hat

    * on the edge of my metaphorical seat anticipating events I already knew were certain to happen

    * a lot closer to actual tears than I might care to admit at several points


    Simon Vance's narration was just about flawless in terms of delivery - perhaps slightly reminiscent of a Pythonesque French accent at one point but nothing distracting.

    Technically (at least in HQ) the recording had an intimate quality - no background hums, hisses, pops or clicks to break the illusion that it's just you, the narrator, and the story; a perfectly matched voice, punctuating deep silence.

    I've seen some criticism of Hilary Mantel as a novelist; perhaps again from people with a greater depth of knowledge of the subject matter, and I'm not qualified to judge that aspect.

    But as entertainment, I'm not sure what more could be expected from a novel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • DR
    Potters Bar, United Kingdom
    3/6/13
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    "disappointed"

    I really couldn't get into this book, the story was so slow and turgid that I had to give up on my listening after 2 hours, quite rare for me. Disappointed as I expected something special after all the praise others have given it. The title sounds as if it should be full of action, it isn't!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Watford, United Kingdom
    6/10/12
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    "Absolutely terrific"

    I read Wolf Hall in print, but, for this sequel, decided on the audiobook and am so glad I did. As it is mostly dialogue it works particularly well in this format, especially with an excellent narrator like Simon Vance. It is as if you had travelled back in time to eavesdrop on the conversations! Hilary Mantel breathes life into her long-dead characters in a quite amazing way. As with Wolf Hall, the story is gripping, entertaining and completely fascinating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Rojales, Spain
    2/28/13
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    "Bring up the YAWWNN"

    A long winded and ponderous novel about the well known and much reviewed life and times of Henry 8th and his wives. Boring, boring, and more boring.even the narrator got on my nerves as his voice sounded the same for all the characters so that I found it hard to differentiate between them. The squeaky voice he attributed to the "King" was nothing like that which was historically recorded as "booming and commanding".

    Sorry Ms.Mantell, I dont think I will bother reading anything of your works again

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Portstewart, United Kingdom
    6/11/12
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    "another stunning novel"

    As with Wolf Hall I will also be reading the printed novel, but have thoroughly enjoyed this narrated edition. Simon very clearly chills down Cromwell's voice as he interrogates Anne's "lovers" and elicits ambiguous confessions. I was there in the room with them. Hilary has addressed the problem within Wolf Hall in that you didn't always know who she meant by "he", by changing it in this novel to "he, Cromwell". This is a novel, like Wolf Hall, which I shall keep on my mp3 to dip into again and again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • jo
    worthing, United Kingdom
    6/3/12
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    "Story telling at its best"

    The sequel to wolf hall does not disappoint although I must agree that the narrator's of the abridged and unabridged versions are nowhere near as good as Simon slater
    This is a disappointment,the humour is lost and delivery monotone so much so that I am now reading the book rather than listen ending to it

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    6/12/12
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    "Baffling"

    My opinions on this book seem to be in the minority and go against much of what has been said so I will accept that it is me that’s flawed and not the book.

    I always listen to books whilst driving and I never have any problems following them. However this book proved a tricky number. The narrators mono-tone voice didn't help much either.

    I am sure this book is a literary master piece as everyone is calling it. However it was lost on me. It seemed to keep skipping from one scene to another and I could never keep track of what was actually going on and how it was relevant to the story.

    Another bugbear was the author beginning sentences with "He, Cromwell" when referring to Thomas Cromwell. I am sure it is a fancy literary thing which I don't get but it just seemed pointless to me.

    I might buy the actual book and see if I have more luck reading it. But for the audio book I must say I found it extremely hard going and not enjoyable.

    A book for the more literate and well read perhaps and definitely not to be listened to during a long drive.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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