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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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  • bibliophile
    England
    9/27/14
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    "Superb"

    Superb entertainment, both the narrative and the performance. It cannot be faulted! Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
    9/4/14
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    "Superb!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bring Up the Bodies the most enjoyable?

    Came to this straight from Wolf Hall and, although it was a little slow to begin with it rapidly gripped me, with the kind of grim horror that this story always has induced in me. Superbly written, obviously, and the feeling of the period wonderfully brought to life!


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

    Wolf Hall, fairly obviously!


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s performance?

    Not quite as riveting as Simon Slater was with Wolf Hall, but still easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Di
    9/1/14
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    "Incredible Imagination to detail"

    I have to admit that this book started slowly for me as well at first. However, once engrossed in the story, it started to flow. I was amazed by Hilary Mantel's imagination to the tiniest detail, describing both environment and characters so well, that the story comes alive, and the reader can understand everyone's perspective in this very complicated political plot. At the centre of events is Master Cromwell, who is the person orchestrating on behalf of Henry VIII. Mantel's fascination with Cromwell's character is evident and she portrays him as one the most skillful politicians and diplomats in English history. Although the story is about Ann Boleyn, she is not really a character in the book, and there is actually very little of her words in the story. It shows that women had little power over their own destiny in the dark medieval times. This book is a great take on Tudor history and those of you who love historical fiction will love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    7/14/14
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    "Wolf Hall part two"

    If you have enjoyed Wolf Hall this is more of the same. It continues the story with the same style and pace and is none the worse for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Telford, United Kingdom
    6/21/14
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    "Confusing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it were easier to understand which characters were speaking.


    What will your next listen be?

    Robert Galbraith Silkworm


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just didn't get on with him


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I tried twice but found I drifted and had to rewind so many times I just gave up. That's not happened before, and I listen to lots of audio books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathubodua
    5/22/14
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    "Great novel, shame about the audible file"
    Would you listen to Bring Up the Bodies again? Why?

    I really enjoyed the story of Bring Up The Bodies, great sequel to Wolf Hall, but I wouldn't listen to it again - the Audible file didn't work on my iPod, and even on my laptop, kept skipping words and sentences. Not enough to lose track of the story, but annoying, especially as I contacted Audible several times about this issue and never had any satisfaction from them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ginger
    4/6/14
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    "Should be reinterred"
    What would have made Bring Up the Bodies better?

    Sorry but the story did not grab me, nor did the characters. I think this subject has been done to death. I read Wolf Hall and on the back of that i bought Bring up the Bodies but sadly very disappointed. I have only read part of this book and I wont be finishing it.
    Phillipa Gregory's books about this period add a new dimension and interest to the subject.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Hilary Mantel again?

    Not if I had to pay for it


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bring Up the Bodies?

    Only listened to a small part of the book so cant comment


    Any additional comments?

    Can you still return books that you don't enjoy???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avril
    Cinderford, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "Wonderful, enthralling prose, read beautifully"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Had I had the time I would have devoured this in one go, However the prose is so marvellous it is worth a slow 'read'


    Any additional comments?

    The Tudor period is of great interest to me, and it was delightful to find a book that brought history and its protagonists to life without the obligatory bodice ripping style that often infests the work of other commentators on historical characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cassie
    UK
    3/23/14
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    "Superb"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes brilliant author has a great way of bring history to life and gives the opportunity to live feel like what it was like in the time of Henry 8


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No quite heavy going at times and again took me a while to get into it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Card
    UK
    2/17/14
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    "Okaaay I suppose!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I have read/listened to better books on the period and events


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

    The end.... finally!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    No.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure what those who praise this book so highly are praising. The general details of the story are well known, so it cannot be that. I suppose yes, you are hearing the story from a different point of view to usual, but I'm not sure how much that added to what I already knew!I listened to this because I usually enjoy anything from the Tudor/Henry Viii era, but between the slow laboured story and the equally slow and laboured narration I was just glad when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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