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The Mirror and the Light
- By: Hilary Mantel
- Narrated by: Ben Miles
- Length: 38 hrs and 11 mins
England, May 1536. Anne 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.
- By John Dawson on 05-03-20
A very disappointing audible production, after the first two books
In the first two adaptations, although narrated by different narrators, they both captured the Cromwell I truly believe Hilary Mantel wanted to portray. A difficult task but well executed. They both portrayed the essence of her understanding of this complex character. Having listened to the audio of her third book, unfortunately I was immediately turned off by Cromwells sudden change of character. The characters we had come to know, suddenly became unrecognisable and totally alien. This may have been part of the plot, but it’s doubtable. Her literary skills are
so credible that her belief in her characters was perfect. To hear a totally different character ( all be it an actor) speaking , took Cromwell’s essence away. He became a person we no longer identified with, or believed in. A disappointing narration which left the listener confused and not what I suspect Ms Mantel intended in her development of his final demise.
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