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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary Mantel Narrator: Jane Carr Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781427251718
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Hilary Mantel, one of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories.

In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display.

Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way.

Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.

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  • “Mantel's stories have their own special tang and quidditas. Even as one appreciates the suave authorial style-light pared-down, technically scintillating, like the Olympic gymnast who nails her landing every time-one has the sense too that Mantel is working with some fairly edgy and complex private material in these contemporary fables.... One gets the feeling she wants both to frighten us (at times more than a little) and make us laugh. She's like an old-fashioned spirit -medium of sorts: a brusque, mischievous, Madame Arcati-like purveyor of uncanny moments. She transports us somewhere else. And she seems to be having great fun with it too.... Mantel is such a funny and intelligent and generously untethered writer that part of what one's praise must mean is that if you're intelligent and quirky enough to take the book up at all...she's got quirks enough of her own to match you, if not raise you 10. New York Times Book Review

  • A new Hilary Mantel book is an Event with a capital 'E'.... Heads always tend to roll - figuratively and otherwise - in Mantel's writing. Hers is a brusque and brutal world leavened with humor - humor that's available in one shade only: black.... makes a permanent dent in a reader's consciousness because of Mantel's striking language and plots twists, as well as the Twilight Zone-type mood she summons up...breathtaking. Maureen Corrigan, NPR
  • [Mantel's] writing is cinematically exquisite... you can't help but get sucked in. The Chicago Tribune
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher delivers on its promises: the promise built by Mantel's reputation as one of the unquestionably great contemporary writers, the promise made by its shocking title, and the promise inherent in the genre of short stories…Mantel pokes and prods and scratches at our tiny collective wounds, opening them into something much bigger. Readers may find the stories uncomfortable, but also hard to put down. A.V. Club
  • A book of her short stories is like a little sweet treat…. Some of the stories are so brief and twisted…they have a hint of the cruelty of Roald Dahl’s short stories (the ones that were definitely for grown-ups)…. Mantel’s narrators never tell everything they know, and that’s why they’re worth listening to, carefully. USA Today (4 stars)
  • Here is the Mantel of her earlier, darker kitchen-sink novels: harsh and comic, even derisive. Los Angeles Times
  • Mantel] evokes a shadowy region where boundaries blur and what might have happened has equal weight with what actually occurred…. Despite the plethora of sharply observed social detail, her short stories always recognize other potential realities…. Even the most straightforward of Mantel's tales retain a faintly otherworldly air. Washington Post
  • [A] barnburner of a title story...It's not the plot that matters as much as the superb little touches with which Ms. Mantel punctuates it. New York Times
  • Hilary Mantel has escaped from King Henry VIII’s court. The Wall Street Journal
  • Mantel is not just a novelist, however, but a great political novelist at the top of her game. Salon
  • Genius. The Seattle Times
  • “A cunning and visionary new collection…[Mantel] intends to expose what is really in her characters’ hearts, no matter how benign they appear on the surface. In these ten stories, she ingeniously succeeds, managing to simultaneously startle and seduce by juxtaposing horror and humor, derision and empathy, passivity and aggression.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • The stories are artfully constructed and share a muted gothic tone marked by the same ‘heightened, crawling quality' that one of Mantel's narrators, a writer, finds at a moldering hotel. New Yorker
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, untied from the historical record, she gives her characters freer rein to rattle their chains, and the results…are satisfyingly chilling. The Daily Beast
  • Here are stories in which horror shudders between the high gothic of Grimm and the menacing quotidian. Oppression comes from air conditioners that ‘labor and hack' and from ‘the smell of drains.' Cruelty is made manifest by a wayward young girl who finds an even more outcast target in the form of a severely deformed child…. These are Ms. Mantel's signature strokes – freaks made human and humans made freakish, and always with the expiation of a dark and judgmental humor Pittsburg Post-Gazette
  • With ten stories unique, strange and tantalizing, Mantel shares her views poetically, harshly and with great love. A have to read. Bustle.com
  • Best known for historical novels such as Wolf Hall (2009) and Bring up the Bodies (2012), Mantel proves herself a skilled practitioner of short fiction as well…. ‘What would Anita Brookner do?' asks one of Mantel's protagonists. The answer, we'd like to think, is this: She'd read Mantel's latest, and she'd delight in it. Kirkus

  • “Some of the stories are so brief and twisted…they have a hint of the cruelty of Roald Dahl’s short stories (the ones that were definitely for grown-ups)…Mantel’s narrators never tell everything they know, and that’s why they’re worth listening to, carefully.”

    USA Today (4 stars)

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a daring but frustrating collection. There are only ten stories after all, a few of them quite spare, but all so chock-full of vivid detail and devilish wit that it leaves the reader wanting more…Many of the stories mine the baser sides of humanity, but Mantel does it with a wink…They don’t hand out Man Bookers like candy, and these stories further explain why Mantel has two on her mantel (so far).”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The stories are artfully constructed and share a muted gothic tone marked by the same ‘heightened, crawling quality’ that one of Mantel’s narrators, a writer, finds at a moldering hotel.”

    New Yorker

  • "[Mantel] evokes a shadowy region where boundaries blur and what might have happened has equal weight with what actually occurred…Even the most straightforward of Mantel’s tales retain a faintly otherworldly air.”

    Washington Post

  • “Hers is a brusque and brutal world leavened with humor—humor that’s available in one shade only: black…Makes a permanent dent in a reader’s consciousness because of Mantel’s striking language and plots twists, as well as the Twilight Zone-type mood she summons up…breathtaking.”

    NPR

  • "[Mantel’s] writing is cinematically exquisite…you can’t help but get sucked in.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Mantel proves herself a skilled practitioner of short fiction…‘What would Anita Brookner do?’ asks one of Mantel’s protagonists. The answer, we’d like to think, is this: She’d read Mantel’s latest, and she’d delight in it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Elegantly clipped and beautifully precise, Jane Carr’s delivery…captures the diverse tales with a unifying reserve that frees the listener to embrace and ponder Mantel’s distinctive style…Carr’s accessible voice and delivery are well employed throughout the collection. Somehow Carr maintains a brisk pace, yet her momentum makes the words and images even more lively, more real…Mantel’s words and Carr’s voice combine to create an enriching listening experience.”

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  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2014
  • A People Magazine Best Book of Fall 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book in Literary Fiction
  • A USA Today Best Book for Fall 2014
  • One of the New Yorker’s Best Books to Watch Out For, September 2014
  • A Vogue Pick for Fall 2014
  • Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Short Stories/Collections Narration
  • Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2014
  • Among longlisted titles for Los Angeles Times Holiday Books Guide, 2014
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About the Author
Author Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel, New York Times bestselling author, is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her bestselling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—an unprecedented achievement. The Royal Shakespeare Company adapted Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the stage to colossal critical acclaim, and a BBC/Masterpiece six-part adaption of the novels was released in 2015.

About the Narrator

Jane Carr is an English actress whose career has spanned over forty years. She has appeared in many stage productions, including Broadway’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and several classic plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She earned an American audience with her roles on television’s Dear John and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and as the voice of Mama Cosma in the animated series The Fairly OddParents. Carr lives in Los Angeles.