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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"Transport to a bygone era!"
This is a fantastically written novel bringing King Henry VIII court alive. I was completely transported into the intrigues of court life. If you are a lover of history and have struggled to remember his wives and exactly what did happen and to whom this is the book for you! The story follows Cromwell after Thomas Moores death and through his loyalty to the king, read self preservation, helps him with the Kings split from the Catholic Church which occurred with the Kings desire, to severe ties with his wife Anne Boleyn and be allowed to marry Jayne Seymour.
Hilary Mantel gives a chilling reminder of how many deaths were required to achieve the lustful aims of one powerful man.
It was captivating listening while I hung out my smalls and would recommend it.
"A captivating "read""
I do not normally choose historical books and only picked this as a last minute choice as I was travelling and it had such good reviews. Well I am so pleased I did. From the start I was captivated by the story and intrigues surrounded by King Henry's Court. In fact I would have been quite happy for my 9 hour flight to have been delayed so I would not have had to break off from this great book. Narrator was also good.
a diiferent narrator to Wolf Hall, but I think equally effective. we all know about the downfall of Anne Boleyn but this gives a further insight into how events may have turned. fascinating, beautifully written
"A very good listen"
This book brings everything to life - you can imagine being there. I want to hear more.
"Perfect choice for an audio book"
Many reviewers of the written version of Hilary Mantel's books complain of not knowing who the narrative voice refers to. With the expert reading of Simon Vance this is not an issue. Well read. Well written.
"Bring up the Bodies"
If you enjoy learning from history Hilary Mantel has written the most wonderful account in story fashion. The history is accurate and relates to the poor and rich. Poverty was widespread and those that entered Court life soon became embroiled in it's fascination for possession, politics and personal gain, even at the expense of family and friends. Hilary Mantel has delivered again and it is recorded and read well, and doesn't disappoint the reader/listener. History never dies and many times we can draw parallels to modern life from this delivery, and Bring up the Bodies relates this all too well. Thank you .....
I was worried that this novel would not live up to the excellent standard of Wolf Hall! I must say that it is even better. It brings to life the double dealings and precarious positions in Henry v111 court. Thomas Cromwell -a much vilified historical figure, has his character very sympathetically portrayed. This is one that I will enjoy listening to again and again.
"Bring up the Bodies"
This is the third Hilary Mantel book I have read (others being A Place of Greater Safety and Wolf Hall) and I have never been disappointed. The author has an amazing facility for making the past seem like the present. She gets her history right and then brings the characters to life as though one is in the same space. Her insights into the motives and emotions of the cast ring so true, helped in no small way by the narration. Even with a large cast of characters one does not get confused as to who is who - each is clearly defined and their changing fortunes easy to follow - so making the book a pleasure to listen to.
She is a true storyteller and I can't wait for her next book.
"Bringing it to life"
I read Wolf Hall in paperback and was worried that it would be a hard book to listen to on audio. I was wrong! I was totally hooked throughout. You really get the sense of time passing as he begins to forget about his wife and daughters and his life becomes all about his work. Every sentence is so well crafted and I was sorry when it ended.
"enthralling and brilliant"
Marvelous book brilliantly read on Audible.
Exquisite descriptions, superb use of language .
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