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
"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.
"Excellent - historical writing at its best"
This is a brilliant follow up to Wolf Hall. Mantel completely submerses you in the rich environment of the time. You feel you are there, standing next to Cromwell, listening to the conversations, feeling the tensions and stresses of life at court. I didn't know much about Cromwell before I read the books but now I feel like his story is being played out celebrity style in front my eyes. I can't wait for the third part of the trilogy even though it final act is sure to be one that breaks my heart.
I have greatly enjoyed both the books in this series. A very interesting narrative style combined with excellent research to create a tale as engaging on the minutiae of accountancy and the wool industry as it is on the political machinations of Thomas Cromwell.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.