[books] The Mirror and the Light (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles, Whole Story Audiobooks: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Hilary Mantel – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

Shortlisted for the Women s Prize for FictionListen to the long awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel s Man Booker Prize winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy Read by Ben Miles, who played Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies and was personally cast by the author This edition includes a bonus conversation between Ben Miles and Hilary Mantel If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it England, MayAnne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors The blacksmith s son from Putney emerges from the spring s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short lived happiness with his third queen Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on he has no great family to back him, no private army Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry s regime to breaking point, Cromwell s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin Do the dead continually unbury themselves What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man s vision of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage

11 thoughts on “The Mirror and the Light (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles, Whole Story Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks

  1. The Earnest Critic The Earnest Critic says:

    is the attention catching first line of Mantel s concluding novel in her award winning trilogy I ve just started listening to this on audible I couldn t wait for the physical version to arrive, so have paid twice but don t care it will be worth it I am absolutely loving it Within a very short time we are introduced to many familiar characters But, the king is kept at a distance, Cromwell wondering, hesitantly, how he should greet a man who just killed his wife The tensions that will end Cromwell s life are indicated even in this first chapter A novel to lose yourself in written by what must be Britain s greatest living writer Highly recommend I will leave a full review once I finish it Saturday as it s 37 hours 1000 pages long.

  2. mysteries-detectives.co Customer mysteries-detectives.co Customer says:

    I think the first two books in the trilogy are among the best I have ever read in my life so I was really excited to receive the long awaited third instalment It started off well and I was really immersed and then Meh It all just started to feel a bit repetitive There were so many references to or repetitions of stories and events covered in the first two books that it started to become boring I was reading it thinking yes, I remember that from last time, can we skip this and get on to something new please Don t get me wrong, there was plenty in the book that was new, there was just far too much regurgitation of the old alongside it The ending was admittedly magnificent though So there s that.Also, Cromwell seemed different in this book I am not even sure I can articulate how, just that the character somehow felt different, not the same old familiar Cromwell from the first two books.In addition, some of the characters who loomed larger in the first two books were minor players in this novel, which was a little disappointing as I had hoped to see of them and how they might react to the changing events I realise the author had to tell the story through the eyes of characters close to events and that she didn t always have a free hand, but I still felt disappointed that some of the central characters from the first two novels barely featured and that I didn t really get any insight into what they might have felt or thought.The writing was beautiful and I cannot deny the author s writing talent or the amount of historical research that went into producing such a faithful recreation of the period However, I have just been left feeling a little underwhelmed at the end of the day This could be my fault for perhaps expecting too much from the book, or maybe I unconsciously had my own opinion of what I expected to read in the novel and because the result is different to that I am unjustifiably feeling disappointed in it I don t know to be honest I just didn t feel the burning love for this book that I did for the others in the trilogy Maybe I will revisit it next year and go cover to cover again and change my opinion However, at the moment I feel that while it is a very good book it didn t, for me, reach the same lofty heights as its predecessors I hate to write that because I wanted to adore it, but I didn t and that s that.

  3. E. Rowe E. Rowe says:

    It is a 800 plus page book so reading this on the kindle is very handy The print version is large format as it is newly published and I hate that size The people giving the book a low star rating simple because the family tree is eligible is annoying Judge the book, the writing Just simply state it as a flaw or annoyance on the kindle Google the family tree Having read the other books I have some idea of the players at this stage Anyway seeing as rating books here has nothing to do with judging writing I m going to give the kindle version a five star rating because having a 800 page book on a tiny electronic device is witchcraft of some sort.

  4. Annik Lamotte Annik Lamotte says:

    I hated Wolf Hall until I d read it twice, then I loved it after that I devoured the follow up, Bring Up the Bodies I have just read The Mirror and The Light in three days, whilst suffering from a nasty debilitating virus, and when I closed the last page and put it down, I said to myself It s a masterpiece The secret to reading a Mantel Cromwell novel is to suspend all rules of normal fiction writing and bask in the flow But don t apply that technique to her dreadful early work, A Place of Greater Safety, which I think is one of the most self indulgent books I ve ever valiantly ploughed through and thoroughly disliked A case of twice as good at half the length if ever there was one She has come a long, long way since then, and emerged on the side of the angels.I shall give myself a few days rest and then read Mirror entirely for the prose rather than the structure of the story, and let myself wallow in some of the sublime writing and insights Of course there are tedious or confusing passages nothing is perfect but this is pretty damned brilliant and in a class of its own Well worth waiting for

  5. mysteries-detectives.co Customer mysteries-detectives.co Customer says:

    I have long anticipated this release and the writing and characterisation is even better than I remember At this stage I have yet to finish this wonderful book so I will focus on responding to two negative reviews that have already been written neither of which should have reflected the rating for this important work.1 Family trees. E readers have lower resolution so all books with maps, diagrams and family trees suffer from poor clarity of these items If the work can withstand this then I buy it I often download a book sample to see first In this case as it invariably is, the book is worth reading regardless If the illustrations need scrutinised then you can download a copy of the book into the kindle applicator on your PC, browser, or tablet The family trees are perfectly viewable on them as they are on my Kindle Voyage.2 Price Cheaper is better however if you cannot wait for the price to fall on release of the paperback then you have a choice of the hardback or the ebook 50p at the time of writing I chose ebook this time and feel that launch price is worth paying for a book this good, from an author of such skill The author and publisher deserve to be rewarded for their work I am grateful for being given the chance to revisit the setting and the characters.I intend to update this review on completing the book.

  6. tinky tinky says:

    The first two books were fantastic and i was really looking forward to the conclusion of the trilogy But this was the most boring read ever It was WAY too long almost 900 pages with a lot of unnecessary characters This book could easily have been shortened to 500 pages The first few pages Anne Boleyn s last days and execution , the last chapter Cromwell s last days and execution were the best parts to read and everything else in between was pedantic This book does not live up to the hype and positive reviews A huge disappointment and waste of money.

  7. Richard Horsley Richard Horsley says:

    The late, great scholar and champion of Thomas Cromwell, Geoffrey Elton, once declared that Thomas Cromwell was unbiographable The Thomas Cromwell industry has kicked up a notch under the impetus given by Hilary Mantel s Wolf Hall trilogy of which this is the third and last book Recent non fiction books have raked over Cromwell s doings in enormous detail, possibly proving Elton wrong but possibly proving him right Be that as it may, Hilary Mantel has performed fabulously in combining the uneven historical record with her lively and sympathetic imagination to bring us a rounded, complex portrait of a rounded, complicated man The range of matters that Cromwell took in hand is simply dizzying, and it is only recently that writers have come to consider him in all of them As an example, writers about his work in civil administration have tended to overlook his activities in the formation of an English church, its doctrines and practices, and vice versa Mantel s Cromwell is stuffed full of diverse aptitudes to a degree that would seem absurd if we did not have the historical records to show it He may not be the villain of his pre Elton reputation, but neither is he a saint Particularly in this third book, we see examples of his illimitable ambition his growing frankness in showing his impatience with those no matter how exalted their position or their family who, by their stupidity or their malice, get in the way of his plans his lack of grace in asserting his rights over others for example his neighbour at Austin Friars his lack of grace in asserting his might over others rights for example his holding onto the Rolls House after relinquishing the post of Master of the Rolls his apparently unquenchable appetite for all the trappings of wealth, especially land These all give ammunition to old enemies, and create new ones And the reader fears for Cromwell as s he reads for there can surely be no reader who does not start the book already knowing how it will end with Cromwell on the scaffold, attainted and executed for treason For that matter, Cromwell himself is conscious of this risk even as his prince is elevating him to the greatest heights.At the same time we see Cromwell prot g s men who owe their careers to him grow into statesmen in their own right, step out from his shadow and necessarily begin to diverge from him.Mantel s Cromwell does not show much emotion But he has his obsessions and preoccupations beyond his work He keeps returning, in his mind, to incidents and relationships from all eras of his life He absorbs and revolves snatches of song, verses of poets both good Thomas Wyatt and bad Thomas Howard , snippets of French, German, Latin, Italian In Mantel s writing there is much humour, much that is poetic in all but form There are descriptive passages there are telling accumulations of detail that in anyone else s hands would come across as mere lists of the fruits of the author s research There are visitations by the ghosts of Cromwell s past And despite this variety the result is coherent and satisfying.This may be the best book of the trilogy Each of the other two won the Man Booker prize I think she deserves to get the hat trick with this one.

  8. Nick Nick says:

    After the first 2 books in the trilogy, I was looking forward to the third What a disappointment Ms Mantel got carried away in her verbosity, and should know that less is The 875 pages could have been pruned down to 500 to make it readable The thread of the story got lost in the undergrowth of Cromwell s dreams and reminiscences The minor daily fights with other characters distract from the momentous events that were happening.Especially annoying is that with acast of 108 characters, she uses different names for the same characters, using rank, title, family name, first name or nickames at will and sometimes different names for one character within one paragraph So I was constantly flipping back to the dramatis personae and family trees to try to figure out to whom she was referring This of course is only possible with the printed book which weighs in at 1160g Reading this book is heavy going in every sense

  9. Peter W. Smith Peter W. Smith says:

    I am not finished reading the book, hence only 4 stars It is vintage Mantel and basically a joy to read I have, however, a rather strange situation At page 234, there appears to be a missing section The book jumps from page 234 to page 267 The last entry on pp 234breaks in the middle of a sentence and an entirely new context begins at the top of pp.267 I have rarely seen this from any publisher and certainly one would not expect such a gaffe from a publisher with the credence of Holt I am not complaining about the situation but I feel some obligation to let know what I have found You may be hearing from other buyers and this is just heads up to you I will be glad to submit a full review upon completion and I anticipate the fifth star will be awarded I hope this is useful to you.

  10. amira amira says:

    This last volume is as good as the first two, something very hard to achieve For skilled research, brilliant imagination and sheer hard work Mantel deserves the highest praise I am sad to come to the end and to know a fourth volume isn t possible Not a word out of place in a psychological masterpiece Thank you Hilary Mantel for a wonderful experience.

  11. An Du An Du says:

    This third volume of the Hilary Mantel s great masterpiece on the life times of Thomas Cromwell, who rose from a modest birth to become one of Henry VIII s principal court councillors is once again full of intrigue and excitement.A deeply satisfying rewarding read it reveals the viciousness of the past English monarchy its abject decadence The present English kingdom whose roots are completely entwined in the former ones a duke of Norfolk still exists as I write deserves to be examined carefully This work of literature may help It is high time this vile caste system is abolished as well as the disgusting appropriation of wealth it survives on All it does is is to perpetuate the immoral disparity of incomes in what is supposed to be a democracy.The trilogy also illustrates beautifully how we humans will go to extreme actions to promote whatever religion we believe in Often, in so doing, disregarding the very essence of the creed we adhere to This remains, unfortunately, a current theme in our present so called humanist world I hope Mantel wins another Booker prize as she did with each of the first two volumes She deserves it There are many lessons to be learned from these books, and the prose transports the reader back to early Tudor times with the ceremonies of the court, the corruption of its members the ways of its nasty reformation.