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.
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A compelling tale. Beautifully read by Simon Vance. A must for fans of Hilary Mantel and a superb follow-up to Wolf Hall.
Brilliant. Loved it. Wonderful narration. Compelling read. Highly recommended. Looking forward to Hilary Mantels final book in the trilogy of Thomas Cromwell.
"Lived up to its reputation"
More accessible listening than reading the book. Delivery was very good.Looking forward to 2nd book.
"If you likes wolf hall you will get this"
Fantastic writing,great performance
There were so many plotlines from wolf hall brought to a close. Cromwells revenge,Ann's execution. Too many to mention.
Simon , bring it on , the reading was excellent.
Neither , I still really enjoyed it though .
Chose this book as , like many I suspect , I watched the series on the BBC.
I listened to wolf hall and the sequel , Bring Out The Bodies and thouroughly enjoyed both to the extent I've listened to then twice to date.
They are on my , quite short , list of books I could listen to over and over.
"The quite Wolf circles."
This was a delight and well read book that was not lessened for watching Wolfe Hall. The character of Cromwell is frightenly. portrayed as he quitely manipulates those arround him.
"How to do History"
Wolf Hall, complex but brilliant, Bring Up, equally so. Not much more to say about this fantastic, revisionist retelling of the most familiar, oft-told story, but that it grips and puts all the sympathy with the now-understandable former villan. Was desparately listening to keep ahead of the TV version, which was still-more enjoyable as a result. Who needs text books.
loved it.not the type of book I usually read so it was a good surprise
Even though I had recently watched the TV series, Wolf Hall, I was still engrossed in this book and could not put it down....even taking it outside while pruning the roses!. Extremely well read. Thoroughly recommend it. Delighted that I bought it as a 'Daily Deal' - what a bargain!
"Made Cromwell likeable"
It took me some time to accept the style in which Wolf Hall was written. Once I go used to it I really looked forward to Bring Up the Bodies.
Really enjoyed this second instalment which makes Thomas Cromwell likeable. He is equipped with retorts for all occasions and methodically works for revenge against those who dishonoured the memory of Wolsey.
Great narration by Simon Vance, a favourite of mine from the Dune novel audiobooks.
"Who'd have thought we'd get fond of Cromwell?"
Excellent. This is far easier to get into than Wolf Hall, as it picks up in sequence and we're already familiar with Cromwell's persona and back history. (Scrub that for anyone who skipped Wolf Hall, your experience may be very different.)
I raced through this to keep ahead of the BBC dramatisation, and did start out by missing Simon Slater's narration. I had hoped that he would follow from Wolf Hall as well, but once I got used to Simon Vance I have to say he was really good.
Lots in here that vary from the history I'd always read before, particularly the treatment of Mark Smeaton. Hilary Mantel will have had reason for her interpretation and it certainly made a very familiar story fresh and thought provoking.
Her ideas on Thomas More, on whether Anne really was the innocent victim of Henry's petulant hatred, or whether Henry was genuinely persuaded of her guilt and she was guilty, well, you pays your money and you takes your choice. One day I hope I can find out more about the sources for Mantel's theories, but she is convincing.
The fact that the toad we've all been told was a nasty, evil man turns into a flawed but sympathetic human being before our eyes - or rather ears - is a measure of the genius of her writing. All plaudits well deserved.
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