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Wolf Hall

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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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  • Mrs
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "An excellent book"

    I'm not a historical book reader by choice, but was persuaded to read this by my husband. Having studied the play "A Man for All Seasons" by Robert Bolt as a child I have more understanding of the events surrounding Henry 8th than other historical periods. Wolf Hall provides a different slant on the same events and really brings the politics and way of life of the period to life. I really enjoyed this book which was well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christie
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "Great book, shame about the narration"

    I really enjoyed this book but that was despite the narration. I didn't find enough differentiation between the voices of the different characters. For example, Cardinal Wolsey and his manservant sounded exactly alike so it was often quite hard to tell who was speaking, which got rather confusing. I found it required a lot of concentration and I ended up having to listen to some chapters several times in order to follow what was going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Amazing"

    So much had been written about this book, I was a little afraid that I might be disappointed. I am a fan of historical novels (Bernard Cornwell and Phillippa Gregory, amongst others) so was keen to read/listen to Wolf Hall. I thoroughly enjoyed this well known story being told from a different perspective. So much so that as soon as I had finished it I downloaded, and listened to, Bring Up The Bodies. My only problem is that I find myself liking Thomas Cromwell so much that if/when the third book comes out I am going to be really upset by his demise! I thought Simon Slater's narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRM
    UK
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Lives up to expectations"

    I don't think there is anything to say about Wolf Hall that hasn't been said. It's worth the hype in my opinion - a great read or listen in this case. Simon Slater is a brilliant narrator. There are a lot of characters and his voices for each make them instantly identifiable - very well done. I'm glad there is plenty more to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Frodsham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Top class story and narration"

    I started reading Wolf Hall but struggled as I was reading at bedtime and kept falling asleep. I tried again with the audiobook on my iphone and found that I couldn't stop listening, not just at bedtime but while walking the dog, driving in my car, even while doing the housework! The narration by Simon Slater really brought the story and characters to life. This book is like a full bodied red wine with characters that bust with flavour and leave your head spinning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. M. Hawes
    Four Marks, Hants, England
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Excellent Reading"

    My only gripe with this volume is that the gaps Simon Slater leaves between paragraphs and sections are largely non-existent, which means that you are sometimes unsure as to whether you are still in a section, or have moved on to another section; however, this is a very minor quibble and doesn't detract from what is an excellent reading.

    My only other observation is that there are a large number of characters and it is easy to get confused, however good the reading. I bought the paperback on Amazon for a reasonable price; this has a handy list of characters in the front.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Outstanding Tudor drama and high jinx"

    I have been totally enthralled by this thrilling novel about the court and machinations of Henry VIII

    it is truly spellbinding and the descriptions are so evocative that you would think you were there, I find myself making excuses to listen to more and more.

    A really outstanding listen, I can't wait to listen to Bring Up the Bodies

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Corsham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Not for me"

    I was keen to listen to this novel as it has had such good reviews and I like historical novels. However I found this dry and tediously slow although well written and nicely read. I was impressed that Audible allowed me to return and exchange Wolf Hall despite the fact that I had persevered with about seven hours of audio and I was able to exchange it with no quibble or fuss. Brilliant. Thank you Audible for a great service.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ajb
    UK
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Think I would have found this book hard work to read but Simon Slater's narration is excellent. Thought I'd have a problem with the fact that it was a different narrator to the sequel Bring up the Bodies but I didn't, both narrators and books were excellent. Fascinating take on European history in the Tudor period with the main character, Thomas Cromwell. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. JR Statter
    Oxon, England
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Stunning story well told"

    I loved the book and am loving the audiobook even more. The narration brings the characters to life. It is an interesting twist to hear about this era in history from the perspective of Cromwell...usually portrayed as an arch villain he comes across as human, vulnerable and fallible like the rest of us - if somewhat more uncompromisingly pragmatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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