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    • Wolf Hall

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Simon Slater
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,791
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,879

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Divorced, beheaded, died...

    • By Tim on 09-30-11

    Regular price: $55.93

    • Bring Up the Bodies

    • A Novel
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfection in story and the telling

    • By Ry Young on 09-18-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Place of Greater Safety

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 33 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden - and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • "Historical" diatribes posing as a novel.

    • By J. on 06-30-14

    Regular price: $22.04

    • Wolf Hall

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Simon Slater
    • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 232

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wolf Hall

    • By Margaret on 07-21-10

    Regular price: $25.58

    • A Change of Climate

    • A Novel
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    Ralph and Anna Eldred are an exemplary couple, devoting themselves to doing good. 30 years ago as missionaries in Africa, the worst that could happen did. Shattered by their encounter with inexplicable evil, they returned to England, never to speak of it again. But when Ralph falls into an affair, Anna finds no forgiveness in her heart, and 30 years of repressed rage and grief explode, destroying not only a marriage but also their love, their faith, and everything they thought they were.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully written

    • By Patricia S. on 10-11-15

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Bring Up the Bodies

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as the Wolf Hall

    • By Elain on 06-02-12

    Regular price: $28.99

    • Wolf Hall

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wolf Hall, revisited

    • By Varvara on 04-27-11

    Regular price: $9.05

    • Vacant Possession

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    From the double Man Booker Prize-winner, a savagely funny tale that revisits the characters from the much-loved Every Day is Mother’s Day. Muriel Axon is about to re-enter the lives of Colin Sidney and Isabel Field. It is ten years since her last tangle with them, but for Muriel this is not time enough. There are still scores to be settled, truths to be faced and vengeance to be wreaked.

    Regular price: $19.41

    • Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Frances Shore is a cartographer by trade, a maker of maps, but when her husband's work takes her to Saudi Arabia she finds herself unable to map the Kingdom's areas of internal darkness. The regime is corrupt and harsh, and the streets are not a woman's territory; so she becomes confined in her flat. As her days empty of certainty and purpose, her life becomes a blank – waiting to be filled by violence and disaster.

    Regular price: $22.27

    • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jane Carr
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 125

    From the two-time Man Booker award-winning author, comes a collection of short stories. Ranging from a ghost story to a vampire story to a near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture. Each story brilliantly unsettles the listener with Mantel’s classic wicked humor and unsparing eye, in an unmistakably Mantel way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superhuman Prose that Defies Gravity

    • By Darwin8u on 02-16-15

    Regular price: $17.49

    • A Place of Greater Safety

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 33 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • No cast of characters available

    • By Emily on 12-01-13

    Regular price: $37.09

    • Fludd

    • A Novel
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    One dark and stormy night in 1956, a stranger named Fludd mysteriously turns up in the dismal village of Fetherhoughton. He is the curate sent by the bishop to assist Father Angwin - or is he? In the most unlikely of places, a superstitious town that understands little of romance or sentimentality, where bad blood between neighbors is ancient and impenetrable, miracles begin to bloom. Fludd becomes lover, gravedigger, and savior, transforming his dull office into a golden regency of decision, unashamed sensation, and unprecedented action.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Small, tight irreverant novel that wryly inverts

    • By Darwin8u on 07-21-13

    Regular price: $18.89

    • Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    When Frances Shore joins her engineer husband in Jeddah, she is warned not to ask questions. But bored, she begins to speculate about her neighbors and the empty flat above her. At first she believes the flat is being used as a lover's tryst - then she suspects something more sinister.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Mantel, ahead of its time

    • By Pita on 06-01-15

    Regular price: $22.04

    • The Giant, O'Brien

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    London, 1782: center of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and the desperately poor. In the midst of it all is the Giant, O'Brien, a freak of nature, a man of song and story who trusts in myths, fairies, miracles, and little people. He has come from Ireland to exhibit his size for money. O'Brien's opposite is a man of science, the famed anatomist John Hunter, who lusts after the Giant's corpse as a medical curiosity, a boon to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dark, Delightful, Disturbing

    • By Maestro F on 11-09-18

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Giant, O'Brien

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Charles O’Brien, Irish bard and giant: The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive?

    Regular price: $16.21

    • Vacant Possession

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Ten years have passed since Muriel Axon was locked away for society's protection, but psychiatric confinement has only increased her malice and ingenuity. At last free, she sets into motion an intricate plan to exact revenge on those who had her put away. Her former social worker, Isabel, and her old neighbors have moved on, but Muriel, with her talent for disguise, will infiltrate their homes and manipulate their lives, until all her enemies are brought together for a gruesome finale.

    Regular price: $22.04

    • An Experiment in Love

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Carmel McBain is the only child of working-class Irish-Catholic parents. Her mother aspires to something more for her than what life in their depressed mill town has to offer, determined that Carmel slip through England's rigid social barriers. And so, early on, she pushes Carmel, first to gain a scholarship to the local convent school, then to sit the exams for a place at London University. It sets her on a lonely journey that will take her as far as possible from where she began, uprooting her from the ties of class and place, of family and faith, and ultimately from her own self.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Curiously Compelling

    • By Ela B. on 11-28-18

    Regular price: $22.04

    • Bring Up the Bodies

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind Tutt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. ‘My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg,’ says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. ‘But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink.’ 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful ...👏👏👏

    • By Essam Rajab on 01-08-17

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Every Day Is Mother's Day

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Evelyn Axona is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again - how is he going to run anywhere?

    Regular price: $22.04

    • Fludd

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Fetherhoughton is a dreary town in 1950s northern England. Father Angwin has lost his faith. Sister Philomena strains against convent life. The inhabitants of the town go about their lives in a haze. Then a stranger appears, bringing with him the hint of something new. But who is Fludd? An angel come to shake the dwellers from their stupor, or is he the devil himself, a wanderer of the darkest places in the human heart?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A strange little gem

    • By Frances on 02-04-13

    Regular price: $15.48

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