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Wolf Hall

A Novel
Written by: Hilary Mantel
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Wolf Hall Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
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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 20 years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe oppose him. The quest for the king’s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum and a deadlock.

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. The son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully, and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his rise to power and is preparing to break some more. Rising from personal disaster - the loss of his young family and of Wolsey, his beloved patron - he picks his way deftly through a court where man is wolf to man. Pitting himself against parliament, the political establishment, and the papacy, he is prepared to reshape England to his own and Henry’s desires.

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, Wolf Hall recreates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2009 Hilary Mantel (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd.

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At Last

Why a 10 year wait for an audio version? Narrator is Simon Slater, NOT SIMON VANCE. Slater is excellent.

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excellent

great narrator, sublime writing, interesting plot... what more could you want? definitely deserves the Booker.

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Wolf Hall struggles

Struggled with this, started reading it but too many characters to keep track of (which normally isn't a problem). Audio version was easier but I don't feel inclined to read books 2 and 3.