Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel audiobook

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

By Hilary Mantel
Read by Simon Vance

Macmillan Audio 9781427225825

The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy: Book 2

14.58 Hours Unabridged
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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? Bring Up the Bodies is the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize Bring Up the Bodies is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012 and one of The Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2012

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Summary

Summary

A 2013 Audie Award Winner for Best Literary Fiction Narration

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Winner of the 2012 Costa Award for Best Book of the Year

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2012 Costa Book Award for Best Novel

A 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction Finalist

New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year, 2012 for Fiction

A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

A USA Today bestseller

A 2012 USA Today Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Washington Post Top 10 Book for Fiction

A 2012 Economist Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Entertainment Weekly 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 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 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction

A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction

A 2012 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Fiction

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2012

Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2013

Among longlisted titles for Cleveland Plain Dealer's Best 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

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 Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2012

Among longlisted titles for USA Today Best Books of the Year, 2012

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?

Bring Up the Bodies is the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize
Bring Up the Bodies is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012 and one of The Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2012

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
“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
“Darkly magnificent…Mantel animates history with a political and psychological acuity equal to Tolstoy’s.” Washington Post
“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
“[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
“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
“Who knew history could be so sexy?” Vanity Fair
“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
“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
“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 (London)
Bring Up the Bodies stands magnificently on its own…Such is [Mantel’s] skill.” Los Angeles Times

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Author

Author Bio: Hilary Mantel

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : CD
Runtime: 14.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English