National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2010
Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2009
Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.
©2009 Hilary Mantell; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
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"Fantastic attention to detail"
I had been warned that this book was difficult to get into and decided to listen to it rather than read it. I certainly found there were a lot of characters to contend with and with so many being named Thomas it took some time to sort them all out. However, the attention to detail and the wonderful variety of voices used by Simon Slater soon had me enthralled. This really brought the whole period to life, you could smell the river, taste the food and feel the fear in the air. Highly recommended.
"Historical writing at its best"
What can I say about this amazing book that hasn't already been said? I can just add my voice to all the rest - yes it really is as compelling as everyone says.
"MY First Audiobook"
Wolf hall was my first audiobook from Audible in february 2010.
The hardback book from the library was taking me so long to read as it is huge and I am short-sighted!
I was totally absorbed in the story and attention to historical research and detail.
The narration by Simon Slater is fluid and compelling and i just had to keep listening!
The story also took me on a physical journey of exploration, visiting the area of Cromwell's home and the Austin Friars ( now the Dutch Church and Drapers hall in the City of London). A lso to Sutton House in Hackney and Standen Lordship, homes of Ralph Sadlier, who has a story all of his own!.
This book will remain a favourite and stays on my iPod.
"Excellent narration and fascinating writing"
Wolf Hall is a fascinating novel, illustrating life and politics in the time of Henry VIII and the rise of Thomas Cromwell. The wonderful narration makes this a must-listen!
"To the heart of the Tudors"
Simon Slater brilliantly brings this Booker prize-winning book to life. He's a stunning narrator and it's a shame he doesn't narrate Mantel's second book in the sequence. I love his portrayal of the characters and they ring utterly true for me. Arrogance, intrigue, humour, sorrow - it's all there - with a great human touch.
"Admirable but not for me"
Call me a Philistine if you like but this did nothing for me. Don't get me wrong I appreciate the genius of the writing (and have read and listened to other great works) but this felt like hard work, a bit like doing revision without really enjoying it.
Another light look at the tudor period. It was interesting to hear a story from a different perspective. Ienjoyed the narration
"Brilliant history lesson"
If you like me took little notice of your history lessons at school and are wanting to catch up this is a brilliant listen. Wonderfully read this book charts the history of Henry the 8th at the most interesting and formative time of English history. It is facinatingly written in a non-sequential way which makes it more intriguing and compelling. Wholeheartedly recommend it.
Quite simply the standout audiobook of my collection. Hilary Mantel's apologia of the man for all seasons is a masterpiece in its own right: superbly written, subtle, massively learned, funny and deeply moving.
It is read with an intelligent, dry humour by Simon Slater who I cannot praise highly enough. If you were looking for a book to get people hooked on the audiobook format this would be it. It's a great, long listen but one which will leave you bereft, wishing for more.
I've not read this author (or listened) before and fee asl though I've missed out. Thoroughly enjoyable, excellently told and great naration from Simon Slater. Will be keeping my eye out for more from the author and will also be looking on line at the recommended reading mentioned at the end of the book. Very immpressed and will be watching for more.
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