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Wolf Hall Audiobook

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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  • 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
  • lena
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Amazing!"

    This is an amazing book! Well deserving of all its praise! Half way through I had to remInd myself it was written by Hilary Mantel, as Thomas Cromwell's voice is so well written. Simon Slater's narration is a joy, I wished he'd been commissioned for the sequel, Bring Up The Bodies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Confusing and disappointing"

    I was really excited to see Wolf Hall available at a discount because I have been wanting to read the book for some time but rarely have a spare moment to devote to this, so the audiobook seemed a perfect solution. Sadly I was very disappointed. I cannot really comment on the quality of the book itself because I have failed to get very far with it. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, I do not enjoy the narrator's style - he breathes heavily between sentences which I find extremely off-putting and I don't find his variation in voices helpful to distinguish characters. Secondly, I don't feel the book lends itself to an audio version because it is not clear who is speaking - there is not much 'he said, she said', but more that the dialogue flows without explanation and therefore I found it very hard to follow what was happening. I'm sure the book itself is very good, I just don't think this audio version is the way to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gadgetman
    uk
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Very well read"

    For me the narration of this novel brings it life,with each character having its own 'voice',even the females.to be certain how accurate the historical details are would need some separate investigation,but this story has piqued my interest in the history of this nation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Szabolcs
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Worth all the praise it received"

    This book lives up to expectations. I have long sought to find a book that would tell me about the history without the dryness of history books. The text is beautifully written with an impressively rich and enjoyable vocabulary. The narrator transports you into the age and gives back the wonderful sarcasm of how politics and church were intertwined in the era. Thomas Cromwell's journey gave me a unique view about building a career and most of his steps up the ladder of politics can be directly applied to trying to get ahead in our current world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Hammond
    London
    4/12/13
    Overall
    "Dull Dull Dull..."

    I can't believe I actually listened all the way to the end. Don't get me wrong, this book is unbelievably well written and read. It just trudges along for 24 hours telling the story of Wolsey until the death of Thomas More, and then it ends. Zzzzzz I'm glad I didn't read the book myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
    Overall
    "Was it worth the effort?"

    On the whole I thought it was. Though I found the characters and style of writing rather wooden to begin with, the pace picked up and by the end of the book I felt it came alive - like Pinnochio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Wellington, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
    Overall
    "Mamoth epic"

    Wow, what an epic. I decided to read this after all the hoo haa about Bring up The Bodies. I wanted to read that but thought it best to start at the begining. This is not my usual read. Crime thrillers are my norm, but this didn't let me down, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I love books which educate as well as entertain and this has been a great education. It is quite heavy going in places but it is lovely to see these historical figures come to life. I'll have a break for a while before tacking Bring up The Bodies but it is certainly on the agenda for the not too distantfuture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    New Ross, Ireland
    4/9/13
    Overall
    "Historical novel with a comtemporary feel"

    I have been listening and reading this in tandem. Picking up listening when it is not possible to read. The created human aspects of the story give a whole new take on a well known period of history making it feel like a contemporary drama. It took a little time to adjust to a different style reader after listening/reading to the whole series of GRRM but now I've settled to the style. After a long day looking at screens Audible is the ideal way to relax and rest eyes but not loose out on the joy of reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Binnendijk
    The Netherlands
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "Excellent book, but not an easy read"

    I found this book compellingly written and well-read, but it's not an easy read (or listen). I often listen to audiobooks on my work commute but that didn't work well with this novel, as I found myself missing things. Better to give it my full attention - and it's worth it, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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