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Listen to the exciting new rendition of Wolf Hall, read by Ben Miles, who was personally cast by the author and played Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The winner of the Man Booker Prize and captivating first book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy.  

Winner of the Man Booker Prize.  

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize.   

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award.  

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk and later his successor.

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.

Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.  

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. 

With a vast array of character and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

Shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker Prize.

©2009 Hilary Mantel (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good." (Daily Mail

"Our most brilliant English writer." (Guardian)  

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Totally engrossing

Performed beautifully I was engaged from the start and absolutely recommend this, a different perspective on Cromwell

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  • K. Patel
  • 17-07-2020

Great story but too many saliva sounds

It’s a great snapshot into history, well written story. Ben Miles is a good narrator, my only criticism is that there are extra mouth sounds and saliva noises. As it’s a long book, this got quite irritating for me when listening to the book using my headphones as the sounds were more pronounced. The only way I finished the book was listening it on a portable speaker.

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  • BRCBKH
  • 26-06-2020

Ben Miles is excellent

It’s no disrespect to orevious narrators to commend Ben Miles. He has the benefit of narrating the complete series, with all the insight that brings to the character of Cromwell. I can well see though, why he was Hillary Mantel’s choice.

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  • Katie
  • 22-10-2020

Dense, but so worth it

Although I had to relisten to some bits as the story telling is very padded, I loved it. I have tried about 6 times to read it and just couldn't connect with it which was really disappointing. Ben Miles' has completely brought 'Wolf Hall' to life for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2020

Stunning!

Brilliant book, excellent performance. 5 out of 5 all the way. Already looking forward to the sequel. Ben Miles rendition adds to a classic.

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  • andrea j webb reilly
  • 10-08-2020

Mesmerising

The best literary experience of my life to date, read or listened to. Extraordinary. I finished book 3 and went right back to the start of the trilogy

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  • Jim H.
  • 11-11-2020

A Pleasant Experience.

Very much enjoyed this. I thought that the narrator, Ben Miles did a very good job. It was more like listening to a play than a book. I would certainly recommend it.

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  • Rosy
  • 28-10-2020

I just love these books about Thomas Cromwell

Perfect narration, prefect pace, brilliant story & a must for anyone open to the idea that Thomas Cromwell wasn't such a "baddie" after all. In this day & age it's easier to appreciate that he was a well travelled & intelligent man who rose to prominence by merit, but was still constrained by his status by birth. Much maligned, but I can't help but be on his side. Love it ❤️

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  • Beth Bewick
  • 08-09-2020

Great story wonderfully read

Not a great fan of tudor history, but this had me gripped. Will be listening to the entire trilogy, unless I decide to read them instead!

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  • MATSMUM
  • 04-08-2020

fantastic

I love this book more than I can say. The narration for me is perfect

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  • sarra needham
  • 29-11-2020

First class narration

What can I say! Ben Miles does a fantastic job here .Love his Cromwell slightly rough just like Marl Rylance in Wolf Hall . He brilliantly brings a fantastic book to life . I have sadly nearly finished ,thank goodness there's two more to keep me going .This is easily the best book I have listened to on audible so far .

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