Wolf Hall
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Wolf Hall

Author: Hilary Mantel

Narrator: Simon Slater

Unabridged: 23 hr 2 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Published: 11/01/2009

Genre: Fiction - Historical - Renaissance

Synopsis

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

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AudiobooksNow review by Saundra foderick on 2017-11-30 23:59:01

Enjoyed Mantel's Bring up the Bodies and Wolf Hall, so expected to like this as well. Problem is, the reader has one simpering high voice for all female characters, a French accent for Eustace Chapuys that reminds the reader of comic book French characters (think Peppy LePeau), and other oddities. So, I cannot give a high rating to an otherwise enjoyable book.

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