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4.00014606003067 out of 54.00014606003067 out of 54.00014606003067 out of 54.00014606003067 out of 54.00014606003067 out of 5 4.00 (13,693 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary Mantel Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy Release Date:
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The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn 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. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This second volume in Hilary Mantel's planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, right-hand man to Henry VIII of England, is a perfect marriage of the written and spoken word…Simon Vance's silken tones and expert pacing keep us engaged throughout…Vance enhances the story with instructive vocal portraits of key players and a listenable tempo that keeps us clear and entranced until the end. AudioFile Magazine, winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

  • Can one improve Hilary Mantel's tale of Tudor intrigue, Bring Up the Bodies, which has racked up both sales and awards? Well, yes, if you add Simon Vance's acclaimed voice. In an Audie-nominated performance, Vance doesn't simply narrate the Man Booker winner – he seems to inhabit the characters. USA Today, four out of four stars
  • If you listened to Simon Slater's riveting reading of the Booker Prize-wining ‘Wolf Hall,' the 2009 opener in Hilary Mantel's trilogy, the news that the sequel has a different narrator won't be good. Fear not. Simon Vance's narration is every bit as versatile and nuanced as Slater's, his intonation for each character is as uncannily distinctive – a critical requirement with so many characters. Even better, Vance's voice portrayal of the historically maligned Thomas Cromwell, chief adviser to King Henry VII, is almost indistinguishable from Slater's in ‘Wolf Hall' Newark Star-Ledger
  • “[Bring Up the Bodies] is astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange, and brand new.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • We all know the story, but hearing it described through Cromwell's eloquent words and inner thoughts on power and ambition, his own included, make it new again, and riveting. Mantel's language is extraordinary – it's as though she's channeled Cromwell from beyond and burrowed into his mind – and Simon Vance's impeccable reading is a perfect match. A wonderful way to celebrate audio month. BookPage
  • Narrator Simon Vance's skillful presentation enhances Mantel's outstanding description and dialogue. His gorgeous sound, tone and accent add to the beauty and horror of the compelling story. Library Journal, starred review
  • Narrator Simon Vance shines in his portrayal of the characters, creating a range of distinct voices – including the increasingly tense Anne Boleyn and the earnest Georgey, Cromwell's mild-mannered young son who is eager to prove himself. Best of all, however, are the measured tones Vance employs for the conniving Cromwell. The narrator captures the soul of this complex character, a man of innate pragmatism and confidence who is also quietly haunted by regrets. Vance also nails the bone-dry wit of the characters. In all, this is an exemplary audiobook. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • Vance takes commence of the complex story, reading Mantel's complicated prose with assurance…Tensions leading up to Anne Bolyn's execution run high, and Vance relays the emotions with precision and grace, showing that he is attuned to the complicated plot. Booklist
  • I downloaded Hilary Mantel's majestic ‘Bring Up the Bodies' and was pleasantly surprised to hear Vance's gentle and authoritative voice once again. It was like running into an old friend and knowing that we were about to have a long and satisfying visit. John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review

  • “Darkly magnificent…Mantel animates history with a political and psychological acuity equal to Tolstoy’s.”

    Washington Post

  • “Marvelous, intoxicating…Read Bring Up the Bodies for its chilling character profile, its period details on jousting and Tudor kitchens, its congregation of the seven deadly sins…Nobody should skip a heady word of Mantel’s planned trilogy.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Meticulously crafted…Superb…Highly entertaining…Brilliant.”

    Slate

  • “Lovely, present, and thrilling.”

    Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

  • “Mantel has the maddeningly unteachable gift of being interesting…All is alive, silvery, alert, rapid with insight.”

    New Yorker

  • “There is no one else writing with Mantel’s verve and control, her talent for richly wrought story, crisp pace, and direct prose.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Mantel writes the kind of sentences you want to live in…Bring Up the Bodies isn’t just her boldest book, it’s also her best.”

    NPR

  • “Hilary Mantel made waves in 2009 with her Man Booker Prize-winning page-turner, Wolf Hall…The second in her planned trilogy, Bring Up the Bodies stalks Anne Boleyn and the soap-opera worthy machinations of Cromwell and his evil allies to bring down the powerful wife of the king. Who knew history could be so sexy?”

    Vanity Fair

  • “What’s being called the Wolf Hall Trilogy is a remarkable work in progress, a series that makes the past feel immediate and—this is the best part—unpredictable. Even if you know the history, you’ll find yourself racing through these pages to find out what happens next.”

    People

  • “After pulling off this literary feat twice, you realize the smartest person in the room isn’t Cromwell after all—it’s Mantel.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Fans of Wolf Hall will relish this book, but Bring Up the Bodies also stands alone…Her characters are real and vivid people who bring to life the clash of ideals that gripped England at the time. She makes the past present and vital.”

    Economist

  • Bring Up the Bodies stands magnificently on its own…Such is [Mantel’s] skill.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In Mantel’s hands, Cromwell’s cunning, morally complicated orchestration of that historic slice through the royal neck is as exciting as any thriller.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Among longlisted titles for Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year, 2012
  • Winner of NPR Best Book of the Year, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Among shortlisted titles for Women's Prize for Fiction - Shortlist, 2013
  • Winner of Costa Book Award - Winner, 2012
  • Among shortlisted titles for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Shortlist, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for The Independent (UK) Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Walter Scott Prize Shortlist, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for New Yorker Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Winner of Man Booker Award - Winner, 2012
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Literary Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2012
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction Finalist
  • Winner of the 2012 Costa Book Award for Best Novel
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year, 2012 for Fiction
  • A 2012 USA Today Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Economist Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2012 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Financial Times Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2012 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Washington Post Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2012
  • A 2012 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Costa Award for Best Book of the Year
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2013
  • Among longlisted titles for Cleveland Plain Dealer's Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for USA Today Best Books of the Year, 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Claire | 2/18/2014

    " A fantastic read! Such descriptive writing. I felt as though I was a stranger in the room with all the characters - and didn't want to leave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert Paterson | 2/4/2014

    " A masterpiece. Her use of language and tense and POV is spectacular. She also rides the arc from Wolf Hall and we see what is behind TC's choices. I have read nothing like her work. BTW her other books are excellent as well and I like in particular A Place of Greater Safety - a book all who are involved in Arab Spring should read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tracy Fells Fells | 1/25/2014

    " Simply stunning. Not a single word out of place. A truly brilliant piece of work. Ok, I was already a fan of Mantel and her magnificent creation of Thomas Cromwell from Wolf Hall. Saved the second installment to read over Xmas holidays and by the end did not want to leave the Tudor world of the horrible Henry VIII and his incestuous court. To many Mantel is like Marmite, you either love or hate her writing style, but I am now a committed fan. The second Man-Booker was completely deserved. Now waiting on the final book, but sadly we all know how it ends for the enigmatic Mr Secretary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by L.R. David | 1/19/2014

    " Tremendous book, evocative, moving, profound and thrilling. "

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