This is such an excellent book and so well written that I am surprised by the one issue that had me frustrated almost through the entire thing. Person direction as to who is speaking throughout a conversation is terrible. In any conversation (mostly with men) the writer constantly referred to the speaker as "he" said this, "he" said that. WHICH HE? Who was talking? Who said that? I was constantly confused. I can't believe it actually got past an editor that way. Shame. Other than that, I enjoyed the story and the witty story line that would appear so often.
I have been reading several books about the prior period of English history when Henry the VIII's father became king. Then I heard about Wolf Hall and am I happy to have "read" it! I will say that a reader would enjoy this book more if they have a little prior knowledge of who all the characters were. Everything makes more sense, and it will alleviate the constant turning back to try to remember who everyone is. The foreshadowing of events is spot on and never too heavy. Cromwell is presented as a real human being rather than the flat character of evil about which he is so often written. Mantel's writing is exquisite, and the narrator is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel and eagerly await Bringing Up the Bodies. Anyone who is interested in European history will love this book. I highly recommend it.
Fantastic! This audio book is like listening to a wonderful play. Great stprY even if you are not a student of this period of English history.
Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novels, "Wolf Hall", and its sequel, "Bring Up the Bodies" an unprecedented achievement. The Royal Shakespeare Company recently 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 will broadcast in 2015.
The author of fourteen books, she is currently at work on the third installment of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy.