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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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    Jennifer Ivanhoe, Australia 03-19-13
    Jennifer Ivanhoe, Australia 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to Wolf Hall the most enjoyable?

    Historical accuracy of the events - facts around Henry's time as king and the events around this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolf Hall?

    All good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All good


    Who was the most memorable character of Wolf Hall and why?

    Cromwell


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Applecross, Australia 08-19-12
    Christopher Applecross, Australia 08-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Like taking a bath in words"
    Where does Wolf Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great book, beautifully written by an author at the top of her game. What is utterly striking is the way that some of the most dramatic events in history are portrayed through everyday life seemingly without the curse of hindsight. You feel like you are really living the events side by side with Cromwell.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon slater must be one of the best narrators anywhere, his staging,voice and delivery are beyond gorgeous.i loved every minute of his performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gautham Bangalore, India 10-13-13
    gautham Bangalore, India 10-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not gripping"
    Would you try another book from Hilary Mantel and/or Simon Slater?

    NO


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    God of small things


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    hard to differentiate between the persons thoughts and the various characters actually interacting


    Any additional comments?

    Please allow me to choose another audio book. Will really appreciate it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Lipsticklula
    4/11/10
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    "Great book poorly read"

    Loved the book in spite of the reader - his irritating tone and failure to distinguish characters effectively almost made me give up listening. His reading does a great disservice to this fascinating novel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/23/13
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    "Excellent book - historic brilliance"

    I was so glad that I noticed this book came before Bring up the Bodies - it is a great introduction to the court of King Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Bolyne, Thomas Moore and other personalities surrounding each of them. It holds nothing back and shows the barbarity, brutality and politics of the time all moulded into a fabulous story. It will not disappoint anyone wanting to hear a factual history story and Simon Slater does a very good job of setting the ambience. Start it up - and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    London, United Kingdom
    5/5/13
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    "Excellent novel"

    As a historical novel this is superb and as a portrait of people in any age is also very good. Simon Slater is also fantastic and made the characters come to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grace
    London, United Kingdom
    5/13/12
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    "Good book, poor narrator"

    I enjoyed this book, even though I did find the use of 'he' to refer to Cromwell a little grating at times. However, I have to say that the narration really put me off - the lack of difference in voices stopped the dialogue really coming alive for me, as there seem to be only three types - gruff, lordly, and simpering, with almost no difference in accents. Also, the reader's inability to pronounce several simple words, like 'secretary', snags in the ear and stops you from being able to enjoy the story. He sounded half-asleep at some points, which doesn't help the reader feel engaged with the events he is narrating.
    Overall, though, I would recommend this book, as Mantel brings the events, perceptions, and characters of the 16th century alive and constructs a wide-ranging narrative well - although I would perhaps recommend reading it in paper form, rather than the audiobook.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. G. Harris
    Chester, UK
    11/13/09
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    "A wolf whistle"

    I have titled my review as 'wolf whistle' because this audiobook is a beautiful and utterly absorbing listen and well narrated. This is an historical tale rich in characters, detail, history and locations - it draws you in totally and paints a picture so real that you feel like a hidden observer looking over the shoulder of Thomas Cromwell into the murky, intriguing, 'dog eat dog' politically brutal court of Henry VIII. Cromwell comes across as the english political chess champion of his times, a principled polygot and more importantly a survivour, able to stay alive by utilising his gift of talents amongst the leviathans of this tudor period. The language of the book is rich and wonderfully descriptive. I could not stop listening to it every spare moment I had and wil relisten again soon. I wholly recommend this book to you and rest assured I will be amonst the first in line for Hilary Mantel's follow up which I believe is near to completion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Leeds, UK
    10/15/11
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    "Not the best book for narration"

    The book itself's alright, although I'd rather disagree with other reviewers saying that it's "an introduction to Tudor history". It's a NOVEL. It's a historic fiction piece. It can be an introduction to what Mantel THOUGHT of the Tudors, but hardly anything beyond that.
    The problem with the audio version is that the book doesn't lend itself that easily to narration - too many dia/polilogues when you've got no idea who says what, which makes it a rather puzzling affair.
    I've enjoyed it, though, well, at least most of the times I did, and it was mildly entertaining, although it seems to drag along towards the end. Having a plot might've helped, and Mantel seems to have tried, but not to much success, I'm afraid.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Juni
    Letchworth, Herts, United Kingdom
    11/20/09
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    "Fairly dull book"

    I guess it's a case of high expectations not being met. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell are some great historic characters and their story should be a fascinating, exciting and fun ride. Unfortunately here it becomes dull, over-long and doesn't seem to ever get to the point. Disappointed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Davies
    11/7/09
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    "Disappointing"

    I found the narration irritating and the story tedious - I could not finish it. Sorry, I would not have given it a prize.

    18 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • T1M
    8/10/10
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    "Rich stuff"

    This is a fine book, as rich as it is long and complex - rewards any effort required to grasp its complexities and characters. At first I was baffled but it has since become one of my favourite reads.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Preston, KENT, United Kingdom
    8/30/10
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    "Over Long"

    Went into this one with an open mind, have been enjoying Tudor history and thought this would be a long...but rewarding listen.
    Within about two hours began to find the narrators upper class characterisation (More and others) really grated on me.
    Towards the end (I did finish it!) I really began to struggle and honestly felt it petered out.
    Learnt a few things but maybe ought to have gone for the shorter version.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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