Wolf Hall
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    Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel

    Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Divorced, beheaded, died...

    I don’t typically review a book until I have completely finished it, but the flurry of fairly negative reviews prompts me to jump in early. This book ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 30 2011 by Tim (San Diego, CA)
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    Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel

    Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    Overall
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    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    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.

    Much too constructed

    I wanted to love this, but despite many efforts over at least 15 hours I can't even like it. There is absolutely no emotional involvement in any of th..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 30 2013 by Amazon Customer (Stockholm, Sweden)
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    Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel | Hilary Mantel

    Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1832)
    Story
    (1850)

    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.

    High caliber historical fiction-superb narrator

    "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 bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 05 2014 by Pita (Miami)
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    Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel

    Bring Up the Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    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.

    As good as the Wolf Hall

    Having absolutely loved the 'Wolf Hall', I have expected this book with a mix of excitement and trepidation, and must say that it is absolutely fantas..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 02 2012 by Elain (Christchurch, New Zealand)