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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I listen on my 1 1/2 hour commute from work and this kept me occupied for all of the journeys! Having read Wolf Hall I knew what to expect but listening to it actually enhanced the experience. Simon Vance was fantastic!
"Even better than Wolf Hall"
Bring Up the Bodies is a novel that is well worth listening to more than once to fully appreciate Mantel's mastery of the English language. Every sentence is a pleasure to listen to.
The novel brings a completely new perspective to the historical events surrounding Henry VIII and his court.
Simon Vance's reading is excellent and well articulated - a pleasure to listen to.
I listened to the book over a number of sittings and looked forward to finding time to continue the saga.
In Bring up the Bodies, Mantel has produced another masterpiece which is even better than Wolf Hall.
"An entertaining listen"
Yes but only because it was very well read.
A bit unique really.
Very good characterization.
No. It can be a bit deep at times.
Enjoyed it very much. A must-listen for those interested in the Tudors.
Historical novels are not my usual choice and this has not changed my opinion.
I found simon Vance's performance mesmorising, almost comfortable but also quite chilling. Smooth as chocolate, bitter sweet. I would certainly consider a book narrated by him again.
It felt voyeuristic. It made me consider the appalling influence powerful people can have over life and death, poverty and wealth. It made me consider the unfairness of wealth and privilege and the sickening way in which some politicians abuse their position of trust and the way 'some' of the undeserving monarchy conduct themselves. Our industrious Queen excluded.
I try not to give up on books without completing them, but once completed I have certainly given up on authors whose style I have not enjoyed. I am not drawn to historical novels and this book is taking me some time to wade my way through. I usually have two or three books in different format on the go at the same time, the more interesting the book the quicker I complete it. This is one I will not give up on but cannot say I am enjoying the experience, however, it is sufficiently intruiguing to keep me interested enough to see it through. I am not sure whether I would purchase another Mantell book but I would consider it. She is a force to be reckoned with an imagination well informed by knowledge of her subject.
"Bring up the bodies"
A slow and confusing start but then it becomes addictive. Reccomended if you can get through the first few chapters.
This is the second Mantel authored book I've listened to and this was just as good as the first.
Brilliantly read by Simon Vance.
The only way to learn a bit of history.
My dogs got walked a lot while I listened to this.
"I want action than words"
I got this book to try an award-winning piece on my library(it can be great learning experience, as I aspire to write myself). I have yet to compare it to another award-winner, but this just didn't fit my taste. To start with, the story was already something very familiar, as the Ann Boleyn and Henry VIII's story has been told in may ways. Next, I observed they talked a lot rather than act in the book. I have to say I hate it! But I do realise the author was so creative in her creating conversations and choice of lines, and I guess that's top of her award-winning qualities. Another thing was, the sequence of events confused me in the story-telling as it was just jumping to one scene to another without clear and bold indication. Perhaps it's just me not used to that, but it wasn't the case on my past few other read books. I appreciated the narrator, who can shift to woman to man, young to old voices. Honestly, I didn't enjoy it in general. But I guess it's different with everyone else.
"As good as the Wolf Hall"
I enjoyed this book as much as the first part of the trilogy. Simon Vance is very good but as I heard the books one after the other I missed Simon Slater's voice.
I had no hesitation in downloading this in order to see what went next after reading Wolf Hall. I really enjoyed the listening too. It was a bit of a downer to discover that there was another volume (hopefully only one) to go! But, somehow, I'm not too bitter. Hope Simon Vance is booked in for it though.
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