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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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  • Monique
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    8/10/12
    Overall
    "Superb"

    A truly wonderful narration of a gripping, intriguing, part fact/part fiction novel of epic proportions. Hilary Mantel's characters are vividly brought to life in this thrilling novel of Tudor England, its King, Queens, court and courtesans. Never crude nor gratuitous, but vivid and heart-stopping in its depiction of the time. Simon Vance breathes life into the many characters hovering around the main protagonist, Thomas Cromwell, whose consciousness narrates events . Everything is a visual treat, every dank and dark corner odorous. Mantel is an excellent writer, and Simon Vance an excellent narrator - I hope he gets a share of the royalties. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kerrymay
    Emsworth
    8/3/12
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    "Times change people don't"

    I think this old adage is the reason this book, and Wolf Hall works so well. I genuinely felt as though I had spent a couple of weeks in the 16th century by the end of this book. The execution scene was one of the most poignant I had ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    7/24/12
    Overall
    "Compelling from start to finish"

    A superb listen - the spirit of the age is once again thrillingly evoked in this superb sequal. The narration is equally to the standard of Wolf Hall and I'm surprised that other listeners don't find it so. "He, Cromwell" is an added flourish and didn't put me off at all. The delivery of the final sentence is a little disappointing - but maybe that's because I didn't want this one to finish. 5 stars well deserved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Carlisle, United Kingdom
    7/18/12
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I enjoyed listening to this so much! I had read Wolf Hall & thought it was very good, but I think I liked this novel even more; this was possibly because we are all (or think we are) familiar with the Anne getting Henry away from Katherine story, but maybe not so much with what happened afterwards.

    Writing from Cromwell's point of veiw gives the story another dimension and I think that hearing I read gives the text more fluency - if that's the right word; I found Wolf Hall distracting to read with all the he said she saids. This narrator is brilliant too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    County Cork, Ireland
    7/17/12
    Overall
    "A Wonderful Book Superbly Narrated"

    I had read and enjoyed this book's predecessor, "Wolf Hall", but I am enjoying "Bring Up The Bodies" even more thanks to the superb narration by Simon Vance. His elegant reading of the text coupled with his ability to bring the characters to life by using different accents makes for a thoroughly enjoyable audio-book experience. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Alfreton, United Kingdom
    7/8/12
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    "Hard to 'put down'. Marvellous dialogue."

    I have really enjoyed this book. I have been transported back to Tudor times effortlessly. The characters are very well formed and the narrator successfully portrays this in his reading. Hilary Mantel is able to explain complex political situations so they are accessible to all through the voice of Thomas Cromwell. I think she must have a particular sympathy with Thomas Cromwell which enables the reader (listener) to empathise with him even when he is carrying out the most horrific shenanigans in the name of his king. The fact that he is living on a sword edge is never far from your mind.
    That Hilary Mantel is able to create a fascinating story out of the real facts makes the recent 'Tudors' television show even less acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    6/7/12
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    "Another enthralling chapter of Thomas Cromwell"

    This is the sequel to Wolf Hall. Henry has married Anne Boleyn; they have a daughter Elizabeth, but still no male heir. Henry has broken with the Church of Rome and in so doing has alienated most of the crown heads of Europe. We rejoin Henry as he visits Wolf Hall with his loyal Master Secretary, Thomas Cromwell. During their visit the King’s eye falls upon the shy, apparently unpromising and slightly gauche Jane Seymour. Ever sensitive to the changing fortunes at Court, Cromwell has no hesitation in dropping his former sponsors, the Boleyn’s and realigning himself with new allies in the form of the Seymour family and the supporters of Mary - the daughter of Henry’s first Queen, Katherine. As Cromwell works tirelessly to make the King’s new desires reality, the opportunities present themselves to settle some old scores. Ever faithful to his first master, the Cardinal Wolsey, Cromwell proves with ruthless efficiency the saying, “The mill stones of God grind slowly: but they grind very small.”
    This is a wonderfully created story of what happens next, with a lot of human detail that gives the tale plausibility and gives us further glimpses into the formation of the personality and motivation of our unlikely hero, Thomas Cromwell.
    I bought the book on the day it was published and thoroughly enjoyed the read. Now I am going to thoroughly enjoy having it read to me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
    6/2/14
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    "Dull, Dull, Dull."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not recommend this book to a friend. I thought from all the praise this book was given this was going to be a great audio book! What a let down it was just plain dull.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I read everything I can about the Tudors but this has got to be the worst book I have ever bought. I was going to stop listening after the first chapter but kept thinking it has got to get better. It just never did.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    Dull and uninteresting.


    Did Bring Up the Bodies inspire you to do anything?

    To fall asleep.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    KIDDERMINSTER, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "I Gave up"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's very rare that I give up on a book,especially an audio book, but this was so dry and boring. I love history but after several hours of this droning on and on I couldn't take any more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Hilary Mantel? Why or why not?

    I would have to build up courage first.


    What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance might you have changed?

    I don't think it was the narrator , I think it was the content. You can't make boring content
    exciting.


    Did Bring Up the Bodies inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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