Title: Wolf Hall
Author: Hilary Mantel
Narrator: Simon Slater
Genre: Historical Fictions
Audio: 24.4 hours
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Book Rating: 2.5/5
Audio Rating: 2/5
Y’all know what this book is about so I am keeping this short: Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Anne Boleyn and the Church of England from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell.
My goodness. This is a LONG book. And not an easy one either.
I’ve heard that the overuse of pronouns made this one difficult for some readers. For me, I think it was more the use of the present tense and the way the book is stitched together (see below).
Much of the writing is really quite exquisite. If you have the time to read it carefully. Mantel also manages to make Thomas Cromwell – usually one of the bad guys in this saga – likeable. I am by no means a Tudor expert, but I think this twist on things is what makes Wolf Hall so interesting and Mantel so talented.
Because I am not a Tudor expert, I actually gave myself a history refresher prior to finishing the last part of the book, and I think that helped a lot. If you aren’t that knowledgeable about the events in Wolf Hall, perhaps this isn’t the place to start.
My Audiobook Thoughts:
I’m not sure I would read this is in audio if I had it to do over. I found it hard to follow. I checked my print copy and realized it’s told in little vignettes, which made it difficult to follow in audio. However, I think I would have given up on this one in print, so maybe this was the way to go.
I have heard that Bring Up the Bodies is excellent in audio, however. If I read it, I probably will try the audio again.