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Wolf Hall | [Hilary Mantel]

Wolf Hall

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Roslyn Adams
    9/11/11
    Overall
    "Great listen"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Staplehurst, United Kingdom
    8/29/11
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jo
    worthing, United Kingdom
    8/22/11
    Overall
    "wonderful listen"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    CARMARTHEN, CARMARTHENSHIRE, United Kingdom
    4/13/11
    Overall
    "rambling"

    I have to say i did not enjoy this audio book at all.Too much detail, not enough substance. Its rambling, stuttering text and its half finished sentences drove me crazy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David J. Dawkins
    Soham England
    12/2/10
    Overall
    "boring"

    not much to say too much hype , a truly boring book

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    BASINGSTOKE, HANTS, United Kingdom
    10/13/10
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    "Wolf Hall"

    Good book, although heavy going for over 24 hours. Cleverly woven dialogue mixing fact with fiction. Absolutely brilliant narration, which is keeping me involved.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/26/10
    Overall
    "A wonderful, intriguing book"

    I purchased this mainly because of the Booker link and wasn't expecting such an intriguing, involving and well-narrated book. I really hope there will be a sequel...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    3/21/10
    Overall
    "A worthy winner"

    Wolf Hall transports you back to the Henry?s world from the blood and brutality of blacksmith to the blood and brutality of the court Thomas Cromwell finds his way on his wits and strength. Interesting to compare and contrast with a Man for all Seasons where Moore is portrayed as the noble hero rather than the torturing fanatic that emerges in this book.
    The abrupt and bloody ending came as a surprise, forcing me to rack myself back to modern life which is so close and yet so far from what is portrayed in this remarkable work.
    It is said to be historically very accurate; well its the best history lessen I have ever had.
    I can?t say I agree with the negative comments about the reading I thought the characterisations were subtle and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nom de Plume
    Norfolk, England
    2/3/10
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    I loved this book. It was very well-researched, well-written and provided an interesting take on a man who is usually held up as an evil villain. Looking at the events of Henry VIII's reign through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell was extremely illuminating, putting flesh on the names of history and helping to explain how these characters interacted with each other. An excellent book written around actual historical events and providing a believable account of Cromwell's life and influence in the tudor court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Newent, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    1/18/10
    Overall
    "Loved this book, pity about the ending"

    Great story and characters, and I was engrosed throughout, but felt it drifted away towards the end, which was a little dissapointing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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