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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012.

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012.

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013.

Shortlisted for the the Orange Prize 2009.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2009.

Parts one and two of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning Wolf Hall trilogy, brought together for the first time in audio.

In Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy, one of our very best writers brings the opulent world of the Tudors to bloody, glittering life. It is the backdrop to the rise and rise of Thomas Cromwell: lowborn boy, charmer, bully, master of deadly intrigue, and, finally, most powerful of Henry VIII’s coutiers. But the bloody theatre of Cromwell’s ascension will leave no one unscathed.

This collection includes expertly adapted versions of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, alongside The World of Wolf Hall, a listening guide which explores the key themes and historical context of the novels and offers listening group questions to discuss.

Read by Dan Stevens, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and Anna Bentinck.

©2009 Hilary Mantel, 2012 Tertius Enterprises (P)2009, 2012, 2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Nimnil
  • 01-03-20

Brilliant books, differing performances

I picked these in the sale, as I wanted to revisit before I read the new installment.
Dan Stevens' performance of Wolf Hall is fantastic. 5 stars, riveting and delicately nuanced characters.
julian rhind-tutt however is a weak narrator, and his characterisation of many of the main players is either off, or indistinguishable, so sometimes it's hard to follow conversations.

still, the stories are brilliant, so still heartily recommended.

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  • Sean Flannery
  • 09-22-20

Disappointed

I found the narrative very tedious and repetitive. It got better towards the end of Bring Up the Bodies, but only marginally so. Overall I was very disappointed with the books not meeting expectations gleaned from reviews.

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  • Noinam
  • 04-19-20

Who knew historical fiction could be so addictive?

I really enjoyed this abridged version of the two books. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them as much as I did, tbh. The performances were good. I especially liked Dan Steven’s narration of Wolf Hall.

Mantel’s knack for period detail and the use of first person narrative, transports the listener to the court of Henry VIII. And, scarily, the politics, domination of men, subjugation of women and ‘summer sweats’ plague (in a time of COVID-19) are all still relevant and relatable, all these centuries later.

I have purchased the non-abridged version of the final book. It’s 38 hours long and I can’t wait to get stuck in!