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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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  • Elain
  • 02/06/2012

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 fantastic. I love the way the story is told as perceived by Cromwell and I also loved some original twists in what has now become a very familiar tale (thanks to Philippa Gregory and 'The Tudors').

The narrator is perfect. I've enjoyed every minute of listening to this book!

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  • Helena
  • 19/02/2013

History so vividly told

As in its predecessor (Wolf Hall), Mantel uses Thomas Cromwell to view the unfolding of critical history - the unravelling of the second marriage of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. In Cromwell, Mantel re-creates the most fascinating of characters - a consummate man of the world who skilfully negotiates narrow and dangerous paths along the corrupt and unsteady cliffs of the English court. A certain weariness and cynicism can be detected in Cromwell's armour in this second volume of the trilogy-to-be as the compromises of principle heap up. One can only applaud this repeat achievement of massive research presented apparently effortlessly.
The narrator was perfect for the book.

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  • Haugsire
  • 16/08/2017

as if experiencing th historical events first-hand

beautiful words beautifly spoken, interesting story, historicly educational, very enjoyable, would like to hear the continuation

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  • Richard Calkin
  • 13/09/2014

Wish I hadn't read this yet! A treat!

If you could sum up Bring Up the Bodies in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant. Just an excellent story and what's more, it actually happened.

What other book might you compare Bring Up the Bodies to and why?

Read the other one too - just as good.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

The accents, the intonation and the style were excellent.

Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

Henry of course!

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone who loves a good story.

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  • 15/01/2014

STUNNING

What did you love best about Bring Up the Bodies?

Removed me from the 21st century and dumped me in the 16th using brilliant characterisation and imagery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bring Up the Bodies?

Enthralling all the way through

Which scene was your favorite?

Insightful exploration all the way though.

Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

Major and minor characters are both fascinating.

Any additional comments?

Loved "Wolf Hall" but this sequel is even more enthralling. Dreaded ending the experience. Once finished, I played it all over again. Hilary Mantel's talent is frightening. The narrator, Simon Vance, absolutely nails it. His Henry VIII makes me feel I know him ........which is a worry.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 05/04/2013

Brilliant, Again!

After I finished reading Wolf Hall I had to deliberately stop myself from simply reading this sequel. Perhaps that was a bit indulgent, but it did mean that I was looking forward to this with great anticipation - all positive. I guess I was a bit disappointed when I began to listen.
In part it was because Simon Vance was different in his reading of Cromwell. Henry's voice too had changed. Queen Anne's accent had changed. What was going on? Vance is better than that, I thought. I can be a bit slow sometimes. Then it dawned on me! Of course the voices were different. The characters were different, so why wouldn't the voices be different.
This is a different Cromwell from the one of humble beginnings as a blacksmith's son and then climbing the greasy power pole. Here, he is almost atop of the pole; at the height of his persuasive powers. Mocking Machiavelli as an amateur, avenging his patron and mentor's tormentors; reaping the ultimate revenge on each of the "four paws"and repaying the Queen's jealous dismissal of him in cold,calculating steel. Here is a man, a lawyer, a statesman to be reckoned with. And with that reckoning comes a new surety. He is starting to sound a bit more like Thomas More. He is behaving a bit more like a king. The stage is set now for the ultimate confrontation - king against king-maker. I really can't wait for the final chapter.
I loved the subtlety of this book. Maybe I'm reading too much into it and the change of voice. Maybe it is just a good yarn. But I don't think so. It's much, much better than that. In my opinion, a deserved second time winner of the Man-Booker. Readers of great books should not be disappointed.

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  • Jennifer
  • 19/03/2013

Great book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, factually interesting - want to keep reading, sorry it ended. Will read more Mantel books.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Alka
  • 18/03/2013

Thomas Cromwell serving the court of Henry VIII

Very well written, great story. The characters are well developed and believable.
The story picks up from where wolf hall ends, so it is worth reading both in sequence to enjoy the context.
However, by the end of the book I was ready for something lighter.
I would have liked the book to end with a final note on how life ended for Thomas Cromwell and his family but I guess that will likely be the next book.
Rich in detail and imagery, a good historical hit.
Enjoy!



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  • Faye
  • 04/12/2012

At the royal court of Henry VIII

Where does Bring Up the Bodies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A beautifully written evocation of life, politics and intrigue in the court of King Henry VIII as Anne Boleyn falls out of royal favour. A worthy Booker prize winner.

What other book might you compare Bring Up the Bodies to and why?

A more in-depth look at a particular passage of time from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.

Which scene was your favorite?

The slow build-up to Anne's execution as she waits in the tower will live in my memory

Who was the most memorable character of Bring Up the Bodies and why?

Thomas Cromwell, consummate politician

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  • Barbara Susan
  • 03/12/2012

Better than Wolf Hall

I enjoyed this 2nd book about Thomas Cromwell more than the first book as the author's writing of dialogue was clearer. Hilary Mantel deserved the Booker Prize for this one. She is able to transport you into the court of Henry the 8th and she knows how to flesh out her characters. The reader was fine. Highly recommended. I am looking forward to the final book in this trilogy.

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  • papercuts1
  • 03/02/2013

Machtmissbrauch im Hause Tudor

Zum Hörbuch:

Mantel rollt ein unrühmliches Kapitel der englischen Königsgeschichte auf. Der Niedergang der Anne Boleyn und das korrupte männliche Machtgefüge der Tudor’s unter Henry VIII wird in einer authentisch daher kommenden Geschichtsstunde ans Licht gezerrt: Dreckige Spielchen. Männlicher Machtmissbrauch. Die Willkür des Monarchen. Und als Joker der mit allen Wassern gewaschene Thomas Cromwell. Wer mit dialoglastigen historischen Stoffen und einem großen Figuren-Ensemble kein Problem hat, wird das mögen. Dabei hilft die passende, elegante sprachliche Umsetzung durch den völlig fehlerfreien Simon Vance.

Übrigens: BRING UP THE BODIES kann man auch problemlos hören oder lesen, ohne den Vorgänger WOLF HALL zu kennen. Ein bisschen historische Recherche ist zum besseren Verständnis für beide Romane aber angeraten.

Zum Sprecher:

Simon Vance spricht BRING UP THE BODIES mit dem geschliffenen, noblen Englisch eines Shakespeare-Mimen. Er rollt das ‘r’, betont knackig und hat die fehlerlos deutliche Aussprache eines perfekt ausgebildeten Sprechers. Dass er Akkzente aus dem Effeff beherrscht, zeigt sich spätestens bei dem stark französisch eingefärbten Englisch der Ex-Königin Catherine. Allerdings sind es doch unzählig viele Figuren, die sich in BRING UP THE BODIES die Hand reichen, und sie alle voneinander stimmlich abzugrenzen, ist selbst Vance nicht möglich.

Die wichtigsten Personen kann man jedoch gut unterscheiden: Henry wirkt kapriziös und gewollt unsympathisch. Die Frauenfiguren haben, je nachdem, stille Würde, Schärfe oder unspektakuläre Einfalt. Cromwell schließlich bekommt ein dunkleres Timbre, das seine Intelligenz und sein Selbstbewusstsein passend unterstreicht.

Vance ist keiner der lauten, hoch dramatischen Sprecher. Seine Art mag manche nicht vom Hocker reißen, aber wer es feiner und distinguierter mag, ist bei ihm gut aufgehoben. Absolut der passende Sprecher für historische Erzählungen.

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  • OliilO
  • 08/06/2015

Top AudioBook Performance

Excellent audiobook performance brings litterary tour de force to life. I will explore the other books of thw author and the performances of the narrator.

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  • Stephen
  • 31/08/2014

Brilliant

Brilliant! Set back marvellously into history and into one man's mind. A fantastic immersion strongly provoking the desire to learn more about this important time in England's past.