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    • Wolf Hall

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Simon Slater
    • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 2,772
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

    Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lose yourself in 16th century England

    • By Phil on 22-01-10

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Bring Up the Bodies

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Maddy on 02-06-12

    Regular price: £27.19

    • A Place of Greater Safety

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 33 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 419
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 376
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 374

    A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended

    • By Maddy on 04-06-14

    Regular price: £34.79

    • The Mirror and the Light

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Length: 34 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. 

    Regular price: £29.99

    • The Mirror and the Light

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Abridged
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    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, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. 

    Regular price: £5.99

    • Wolf Hall

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged Version!

    • By J. Smith on 04-01-19

    Regular price: £8.49

    • Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 101

    Frances Shore is a cartographer by trade, a maker of maps, but when her husband's work takes her to Saudi Arabia she finds herself unable to map the Kingdom's areas of internal darkness. The regime is corrupt and harsh, and the streets are not a woman's territory; so she becomes confined in her flat. As her days empty of certainty and purpose, her life becomes a blank – waiting to be filled by violence and disaster.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Disturbing

    • By Maddy on 10-07-14

    Regular price: £20.89

    • Beyond Black

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
    • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 115

    Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sad, Beautiful and Dreamlike

    • By Ova Incekaraoglu on 05-08-18

    Regular price: £26.09

    • A Change of Climate

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A haunting tale acutely observed

    • By linda on 24-12-12

    Regular price: £17.38

    • Every Day Is Mother's Day

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Evelyn and Muriel Axon, mother and daughter, lead a haunted existence. Objects of horror to their neighbours, they evade or terrorise any social worker who crosses their path. Inside their house, they pursue a covert persecution of each other, shrinking from the unseen occupants of their spare room. But change is in the air… Every Day is Mother's Day is a merciless comedy of colliding lives: of sex, death, madness, adultery and the social services.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Funny and thought provoking

    • By Keith D. Brown on 03-07-15

    Regular price: £15.69

    • Bring Up the Bodies

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Julian Rhind Tutt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    By 1535 Thomas Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, the king’s new wife. But Anne has failed to give the king an heir, and Cromwell watches as Henry falls for plain Jane Seymour. Cromwell must find a solution that will satisfy Henry, safeguard the nation and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge unscathed from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb story

    • By martin acker on 10-06-13

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jane Carr
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62

    A brilliant collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant writing; wonderful collection of stories

    • By Anthony on 03-04-15

    Regular price: £7.99

    • Fludd

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    Fetherhoughton is a dreary town in 1950s northern England. Father Angwin has lost his faith. Sister Philomena strains against convent life. The inhabitants of the town go about their lives in a haze. Then a stranger appears, bringing with him the hint of something new. But who is Fludd? An angel come to shake the dwellers from their stupor, or is he the devil himself, a wanderer of the darkest places in the human heart?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fludd

    • By Victoria Elizabeth on 17-04-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Vacant Possession

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    From the double Man Booker Prize-winner, a savagely funny tale that revisits the characters from the much-loved Every Day is Mother’s Day. Muriel Axon is about to re-enter the lives of Colin Sidney and Isabel Field. It is ten years since her last tangle with them, but for Muriel this is not time enough. There are still scores to be settled, truths to be faced and vengeance to be wreaked.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By l m kasim on 19-02-15

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Giving Up the Ghost

    • A Memoir
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Jane Wymark
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Opening with "A Second Home", in which Mantel describes the death of her stepfather, Giving Up the Ghost is a wry, shocking, and beautifully written memoir of childhood, ghosts (real and metaphorical), illness, and family. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect left her childless, and how the ghosts of the unborn have come to haunt her life as a writer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Acerbic but nice

    • By Earnest on 12-11-14

    Regular price: £8.69

    • The Giant, O'Brien

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Charles O’Brien, Irish bard and giant: The cynical are moved by his flights of romance; the craven stirred by his tales of epic deeds. The Surprising Irish Giant may be the sensation of the season but only his compatriots seem to attend to his mythic powers of invention. John Hunter, celebrated surgeon and anatomist, buys dead men from the gallows and babies’ corpses by the inch. Where is a man as unique as The Giant to hide his bones when he is yet alive?

    Regular price: £15.69

    • Wölfe

    • Thomas Cromwell 1
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Frank Stöckle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
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    England 1520: Henry VIII. ist noch immer ohne männlichen Thronfolger, was für ihn eine persönliche wie politische Katastrophe ist. Ohne einen Erben droht dem Königreich ein verheerender Bürgerkrieg. Henry VIII. will daher seine Ehe mit Katharina von Aragón annullieren lassen und seine Geliebte Anne Boleyn heiraten. Das sorgt für heftigen Widerstand in Rom und in Europa. In dieser heiklen Situation sind nun die Fähigkeiten Thomas Cromwells gefragt.

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Learning to Talk

    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Patrick Moy, Anna Bentinck, Jane Collingwood
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    This sharp, funny collection of stories begins in the 1950s in an insular northern village 'scoured by bitter winds and rough gossip tongues.' The title story sees our narrator ironing out her northern vowels with the help of an ex-actress with one lung and a Manchester accent. In Third Floor Rising' she watches, dazzled, as her mother carves out a stylish new identity. With a deceptively light touch, Mantel locates the transforming moments of a haunted childhood.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • easily listening and easily forgotten

    • By sue on 17-04-13

    Regular price: £8.69

    • Révolution. L'idéal

    • Révolution 1
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Xavier Béja
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Trois jeunes avocats ambitieux sont venus à Paris dans l'intention d'y faire carrière. Criblé de dettes, Jacques Danton rêve de gloire et de fortune. Malgré sa disgrâce physique, il dégage un puissant magnétisme érotique. Maximilien de Robespierre est un jeune homme brillant, frêle et appliqué, que la violence effraie. Sensible et épris de liberté, il souhaite ardemment changer le système inégalitaire de la France. Camille Desmoulins est un pamphlétaire de génie.

    Regular price: £27.39

    • Wölfe

    • Thomas Cromwell 1
    • By: Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated by: Frank Stöckle
    • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    England 1520: Henry VIII. ist noch immer ohne männlichen Thronfolger, was für ihn eine persönliche wie politische Katastrophe ist. Ohne einen Erben droht dem Königreich ein verheerender Bürgerkrieg. Henry VIII. will daher seine Ehe mit Katharina von Aragón annullieren lassen und seine Geliebte Anne Boleyn heiraten. Das sorgt für heftigen Widerstand in Rom und in Europa. In dieser heiklen Situation sind nun die Fähigkeiten Thomas Cromwells gefragt. Mit Bestechung, Einschüchterung und Charme steigt er zum wichtigen Vertrauten Henrys auf. Der Emporkömmling sieht sich bald von Feinden umgeben wie von einem Rudel Wölfe.

    Regular price: £34.69

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