Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel, Author, Simon Slater, Read by
Hilary Mantel, Author, Simon Slater, Read by , read by Simon Slater. Macmillan Audio $49.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4272-1016-6
Reviewed on: 01/25/2010
Release date: 11/01/2009

Set aside a full day to savor Simon Slater’s delightful reading of the Booker Prize–winning tale of Henry VIII’s court, seen through the eyes of his adviser Thomas Cromwell. Mantel’s revisionist take turns Cromwell—so frequently vilified as in A Man for All Seasons —into a modern sort of hero, shrewd and adaptable. Slater’s narration is nuanced and precise; he breathes feeling and subtle shades of emotion into every exchange of dialogue. His is a heroic undertaking, and he does admirable justice to Mantel’s lucid prose and juicy plot. A Holt hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 17). (Dec.)

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