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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"better the second time around"
Yes I have other books read by Simon Vance.Not sure if I would buy another book by Hilary Mantell though.I bought Wolf Hall in paperback and couldn't get into it at all.
Not really just because the way it's written seems a bit random.
Cremwell:) ( really Cromwell)
Can't really say as I probably wouldn't purchase it.
If you do have the same experience as I did, it is a better listen the second time around.
Hilary Mantel captures all the deviousness of the period. Henry the tyrant had no qualms about getting rid of his wives when they couldn't produce a male heir. Surely he could have 'pensioned off' Ann. The narration was excellent.
"One of the best historical authors."
Excellent novel, writing that brings the characters and era to life whilst acknowledging historical accuracy. brilliantly narrated.
"Poor sound quality"
The voice sounds distorted, the sound quality is very poor. I think even if there were no technical issue with the audio it's a rather lacklustre performance, too. (Sorry, voice, but there it is).
I've read the book twice and it is exceptional, this recording doesn't do it justice, sadly. Still, once you've tuned your ear into the weird problem with the sound you can just about ignore the issue and enjoy the story. Almost.
I couldn't stop listening to this as it is a calm and steady delivery of a gripping tale. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in the period. I've listened to it twice now and will definitely listen again. A first class recording.
Wolf Hall. The same writer has covered the ground in such detail as to bring the era to life in every respect.
His voice is very seductive. Clear without being condescending.
The Hidden Evils of the Tudor Dynasty.
"Brilliant follow on to Wolf Hall"
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the final installment. We all know what will happen to Cromwell but with these two Hilary Mantel books you can't help but like him and empathise and sympathise with him and the difficulties he had being the chancellor of the Exchequer at the court of Henry V111.
"Captivating - but not as much as Wolf Hall"
I loved Wolf Hall, and, although I really enjoyed this sequel, I missed the complexity of tension without the flux of Cromwell's fortune intertwined with that of the royal house.
Having read Wolf Hall in paperback I decided to listen to this one, and am glad I did. I became completely immersed in Cromwell's world, with all the twists, turns and intrigues, and didn't want it to end. I know it's fiction, but it has sent me back to the history books!
This was my first book narrated by Simon Vance but I thought he read remarkably well - he seemed believable, and no annoying accents. I am just listening to another book where the reader seems to find it necessary to use a very wide range of regional accents to differentiate voices and goes very high-pitched for children's voices, making a 14 year old sound like a 6 year old, which is very distracting and annoying - Simon Vance doesn't do that! He manages the rare feat of having an actively enjoyable voice that doesn't distract.
Great author, great reader, great book - helps that the 'plot' is real! I'd highly recommend it (obviously after reading/hearing Wolf Hall first).
"An excellent read"
mind challenging as well as being thought provoking, challengea an time thar sets our pasr and future.
A compelling tale. Beautifully read by Simon Vance. A must for fans of Hilary Mantel and a superb follow-up to Wolf Hall.
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