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. As her awards and wide readership attest, Mantel writes wonderfully. She also writes long. Thus, we hail Simon Vance, whose silken tones and expert pacing keep us engaged throughout. In this volume, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. While we all learned the outcome in high school history class, Mantel still fascinates with Cromwell’s view of the machinations of king and court. Vance enhances the story with instructive vocal portraits of key players and a listenable tempo that keeps us clear and entranced until the end. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2013 Audies Winner © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9781427225825 $39.99 Nineteen CDs
DD ISBN $27.99
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