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Publisher's Summary

Costa Book of the Year, 2012

UK Author of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards, 2012

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2012

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.

In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world.

©2012 Tertius Enterprises (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • P BORG-BARTOLO
  • 04-13-13

GOOD HISTORICAL ACCOUNT

HILARY MANTEL'S BOOK IS VERY WELL RESEARCHED AND VERY MUCH TRUE TO LIFE. THE LANGUAGE, HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH VERY DESCRIPTIVE IS QUITE 'SHARP' AND DEROGATORY IN SOME PARTS. PLEASANT HISTORICALLY THOUGH NOT SO PLEASANT LISTENING TO IT

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  • Carol
  • 04-13-13

just anther fan

this sequel to Wolf Hall was just as good to listen to. I really enjoyed the different perspective on a well known plot. even though he was clearly a tough character I felt real empathy with Cromwell, and enjoyed the unusual interactions that put him at the centre while the more famous were off to the side of the narrative.

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  • Mrs.
  • 04-13-13

Bring Up the Bodies (Parts 1 & 2)

Brilliantly read by Simon Vance, a fascinating discourse between Henry VIII and the people surrounding him during the years of his six marriages. Written in modern language it cleverly captures the essence of the period with humour, horror and shocks in equal measure, keeping the listener constantly interested and enthralled.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-13

Very impressive and gripping

This is a gripping audiobook which builds on Wolfe Hall but also stands on its own, it has really ignited my long forgotten interest in history. I can't wait until the next one in the series is released, and I will look out for her other books.

Buy it now!!!!!!!

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  • Living the dream
  • 04-13-13

Witty, charming and worth your time

My only regret was not being able to give it longer listening sessions. It pulls you in and before you know it, you are a fly on the wall following Cromwell. A must have for any collection.

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  • Laurel
  • 04-13-13

Brilliant

A compelling read. I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished it I started it again from the beginning. A worthy sequel to the fabulous Wolf Hall well written and a great story. I didn't know much about ths period of history and I found myself often researching the historical figures and their lives, fascinating!! I look forward to the next book.

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  • Zoe
  • 04-13-13

Transport to a bygone era!

This is a fantastically written novel bringing King Henry VIII court alive. I was completely transported into the intrigues of court life. If you are a lover of history and have struggled to remember his wives and exactly what did happen and to whom this is the book for you! The story follows Cromwell after Thomas Moores death and through his loyalty to the king, read self preservation, helps him with the Kings split from the Catholic Church which occurred with the Kings desire, to severe ties with his wife Anne Boleyn and be allowed to marry Jayne Seymour.



Hilary Mantel gives a chilling reminder of how many deaths were required to achieve the lustful aims of one powerful man.



It was captivating listening while I hung out my smalls and would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-13

A captivating "read"

I do not normally choose historical books and only picked this as a last minute choice as I was travelling and it had such good reviews. Well I am so pleased I did. From the start I was captivated by the story and intrigues surrounded by King Henry's Court. In fact I would have been quite happy for my 9 hour flight to have been delayed so I would not have had to break off from this great book. Narrator was also good.

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  • S. gould
  • 04-13-13

superbly dark

a diiferent narrator to Wolf Hall, but I think equally effective. we all know about the downfall of Anne Boleyn but this gives a further insight into how events may have turned. fascinating, beautifully written

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  • Mrs Glenis Jefferys
  • 04-13-13

A very good listen

This book brings everything to life - you can imagine being there. I want to hear more.