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Bring Up the Bodies Audiobook

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2012

The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times best seller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

©2012 Hilary Mantel (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Pita Miami 08-05-14
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    "High caliber historical fiction-superb narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Bring Up the Bodies the most enjoyable?

    "Wolf Hall" and " Bring Up the Bodies" are two of my favorite books of all times. Hillary Mantel is one of the best novelists living today. This book is impeccably researched. Mantel develops her characters in the "spaces" between the facts and from those spaces they jump to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After reading "Wolf Hall" I eagerly waited for the second part of Cromwell's saga and it did not disappoint me. I can't wait for the last installment. I have heard some readers complain about the first person narration but I really enjoyed looking at the world from Cromwell's point of view.


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

    Simon Vance is, for me, the definitive Cromwell. This is an ideal book for a recorded narration and he is fabulous. He also manages to bring to life some of the other characters in this book and make them quite distinct from each other...Norfork and Gardiner are a lot of fun.


    If you could take any character from Bring Up the Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Without a doubt, Master Cromwell


    Any additional comments?

    The narration made this book even more enjoyable. I LOVED Mr. Vance as Cromwell and would not hesitate to listen to anything narrated by him.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 07-06-13
    Bonny 07-06-13
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    "Divine"

    I have read Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in their print editions and have now listened to them. I highly recommend doing both, and don't think it would matter whether you listened or read first. Both Simon Slater (Wolf Hall narrator) and Simon Vance (Bodies) are excellent, and their readings add much to what is already sublime writing. I almost hesitate to say that Hilary Mantel writes in a poetical manner, because it might turn some people off, but she does, with a style that is so immediate and accessible that you feel as though you are part of Thomas Cromwell. The history is fascinating and leaves you wanting more. Thankfully, she is working on the third volume of the trilogy. Even though I'm very motivated to read more on this period and these people, I think I'll wait until after I've read the third volume. I want to hear it from Hilary first!

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    Christina -- Audible Newark, NJ 02-13-15
    Christina -- Audible Newark, NJ 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Clear POV and virtuoso performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bring Up the Bodies to be better than the print version?

    No. I would consider it as good as the print version (high praise!) I used Whispersync along with the Kindle edition I already owned, and the transitions were seamless (technically, but also aesthetically.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In a book about Cromwell, from Cromwell's point of view, it's hard not to say....Cromwell. Gregory, Christophe, and Jane Seymour all come into focus in this novel, and through the narration. (Readers remember them in the first book, but they get more time on-stage in this one.)


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was glad to know the correct pronunciations of some of the place names.


    If you could take any character from Bring Up the Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Thurston. Because he's a cook.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Hilary Mantel's work, but it can be off-putting at first. Just remember that every single thing in WOLF HALL and BRINGING UP THE DEAD is from Thomas Cromwell's point of view and dive in! Highly recommend....

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    Marianne 08-17-17
    Marianne 08-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The story is slightly less interesting than Wolf Hall, but it is just a beautifully written and read."

    I am sorry that I have finished both Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies as they were so amazing to listen to!

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    alice webber 12-03-15
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    "Incredible performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration makes Cromwell and the surrounding characters come alive. It was addicting, engrossing, and hard to take the earphones off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was true. Since Bring up the Bodies I have been reading a lot of non fiction books about English history. Currently listening to The Plantagenets by Dan Jones but the narration is so inferior to Simon Vance it is hard to continue. Eagerly awaiting Hilary Mantel's third and final installment of Cromwell's story.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He played each character so well that you know instantly who is speaking from the change in Vance's voice. I really loved his portrayal of Sir Thomas More. His reading made the story feel so current.


    If you could take any character from Bring Up the Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Thomas Cromwell of course - charming and ruthless.


    Any additional comments?

    If you download one book this year download Bring up the Bodies.

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    carmel 07-19-15
    carmel 07-19-15
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    "Fantastic sequel."

    Intricate historical detail delivered in effortless prose. Insight empathy and a grasp of history matched only by vocabulary. I highly recommend these two tomes penned byantell

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    Betty Lou Fockler Centerburg OH USA 07-06-15
    Betty Lou Fockler Centerburg OH USA 07-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of My Most Favorite Listens"

    I liked everything in this book. I could listen to Simon Vance 24/7! Consider we know how it all ends, yet I could not stop listening. Hilary Mantel is a master of words.

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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-23-15
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Do people ever really change?"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow! Just wow. This is a really great series that explores the personality maturation of one of histories most enigmatic figures, Thomas Cromwell. Without being pretentious, inflated, or self-indulgent, Mantel is able to build out and expose the potential evolution of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's chief minister. I recommend this series to everyone.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-17-14
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "THE PLAY'S THE THING"

    “Bring Up the Bodies” fictionally recreates the history of King Henry the VIII’s schism with the Roman Catholic Church. Hilary Mantel writes the story of Anne Boleyn’s demise and Thomas Cromwell’s role as the King’s henchman in separating Boleyn’s head from her body. Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies” reminds one of Hamlet’s “The play’s the thing!” which will out the truth.

    Anne Boleyn is never characterized as a weak, simpering woman but as a passionate, calculating, and forceful female that refuses to be cowed by the King, Cromwell, or her lascivious and narcissistic family. She hates like a man but uses her feminine allure to seduce a King and transfix a multitude of suitors.

    Mantel shows that Henry the VIII is the dominant force in decisions made in England but the instrument of execution for the King’s decisions is the brilliant, irreligious pragmatist and tactician, Thomas Cromwell. Mantel’s first book, “Wolf Hall”, sets the stage for Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power; Mantel’s second book “Bring Up the Bodies” is the play, with Cromwell as the main actor, the Queens as supporting actresses, and noblemen as bit-players; with the King as producer and director.

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    Matt Mole Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland New Zealand 09-13-17
    Matt Mole Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland New Zealand 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than Wolf Hall but still dull"

    I find this hard to understand how this pivotal and exciting segment of history can be made so dull. The research is outstanding. Why someone hasn't focused on Thomas Cromwell before escapes me. But somehow this focal point in history comes across as dull. I haven't seen the tv series but I hope it is better than the book.

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