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
"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.
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.
"substantial but rewarding"
Congratulations to Simon Slater on doing full justice to this complex and often almost poetical novel. His range of voices is most impressive, and he avoids altogether the possible confusion between characters which those who read a print version often experience. Thanks to the expert reading, the listener can enjoy listening to the familiar tale of the conflicts created by Henry VIII's determination to divorce Katherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn - but from a completely different angle. This is a great edifice of a book which examines both the sweep of the historical events and the minute detail of everyday lives. The listener must be prepared to appreciate the measured flow of the work - no hurrying along to see what happened next (we know the familiar story anyway). Attentive listening will be rewarded with a richness of pleasure in this remarkable book.
I have listened to this book at least 3 times each time I have listened I have discovered more the language is spellbinding and simon slater's characterisation is amazing from cromwell to norfolk
He must be the narrator for part two when released
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