Another astonishing tour de force from Hilary Mantel. A superb portrayal of a 'modern' politician in Tudor England - a brilliant, complex man both humane and brutal, subtle and blunt, ambitious and patient. Beautifully written, deceptively simple in style with flowing narrative, startling, vivid images and perceptive comments on life and people delivered with searing clarity and it all seems so effortless.
Not as well read as by the reader of Wolf Hall (who is superb) - the voices for the different characters are not well defined and the accents poor - but the narrative is well read and it doesn't detract from the excellence of the book.
I've greatly enjoyed listening to this and although the plot is sometimes predictable, I was hooked into listening as soon as I started. Great literature it isn't, but it's well enough written and very well read by both readers. I enjoyed the shifts between the 'Summer of Love', 1967, and the 1980s and 90s and the evocation of both of these times. I recognised references in the plot to several movies (I think) - the main protagonist Dan is a film buff - but I may be wrong. Anyway that isn't something that is blunt in the novel. The story is told through the eyes of 3 different characters - Dan and 2 of the sisters - and as the layers of deceit are revealed, people and events shift and change in their nature and things are not as they seemed to be. Thoroughly absorbing and highly recommended.
This is a good story which kept me involved and wanting more, keeping up its pace until the end. The reader did not do it justice. She reads competently but with no voices at all, just her own same flat American accent and intonations and it's impossible to tell from her voice who is speaking even when the character is Australian. A great shame as I would highly recommend the book otherwise and I still enjoyed it.