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“This second volume in Hilary Mantel’s planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, right-hand man to Henry VIII of England, is a perfect marriage of the written and spoken word…Simon Vance’s silken tones and expert pacing keep us engaged throughout…Vance enhances the story with instructive vocal portraits of key players and a listenable tempo that keeps us clear and entranced until the end.” – AudioFile Magazine, winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
Can one improve Hilary Mantel’s tale of Tudor intrigue, Bring Up the Bodies, which has racked up both sales and awards? Well, yes, if you add Simon Vance’s acclaimed voice. In an Audie-nominated performance, Vance doesn’t simply narrate the Man Booker winner – he seems to inhabit the characters.” – USA Today, four out of four stars
“If you listened to Simon Slater’s riveting reading of the Booker Prize-wining ‘Wolf Hall,’ the 2009 opener in Hilary Mantel’s trilogy, the news that the sequel has a different narrator won’t be good. Fear not. Simon Vance’s narration is every bit as versatile and nuanced as Slater’s, his intonation for each character is as uncannily distinctive – a critical requirement with so many characters. Even better, Vance’s voice portrayal of the historically maligned Thomas Cromwell, chief adviser to King Henry VII, is almost indistinguishable from Slater’s in ‘Wolf Hall’” – Newark Star-Ledger
“We all know the story, but hearing it described through Cromwell’s eloquent words and inner thoughts on power and ambition, his own included, make it new again, and riveting. Mantel’s language is extraordinary – it’s as though she’s channeled Cromwell from beyond and burrowed into his mind – and Simon Vance’s impeccable reading is a perfect match. A wonderful way to celebrate audio month.” – BookPage
“Narrator Simon Vance’s skillful presentation enhances Mantel’s outstanding description and dialogue. His gorgeous sound, tone and accent add to the beauty and horror of the compelling story.” – Library Journal, starred review
“Narrator Simon Vance shines in his portrayal of the characters, creating a range of distinct voices – including the increasingly tense Anne Boleyn and the earnest Georgey, Cromwell’s mild-mannered young son who is eager to prove himself. Best of all, however, are the measured tones Vance employs for the conniving Cromwell. The narrator captures the soul of this complex character, a man of innate pragmatism and confidence who is also quietly haunted by regrets. Vance also nails the bone-dry wit of the characters. In all, this is an exemplary audiobook.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Vance takes commence of the complex story, reading Mantel’s complicated prose with assurance…Tensions leading up to Anne Bolyn’s execution run high, and Vance relays the emotions with precision and grace, showing that he is attuned to the complicated plot.” – Booklist
“I downloaded Hilary Mantel’s majestic ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ and was pleasantly surprised to hear Vance’s gentle and authoritative voice once again. It was like running into an old friend and knowing that we were about to have a long and satisfying visit.” John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
She is the author of twenty-nine previous suspense novels. Her first book, a biographical novel about George Washington, was re-issued with the title, Mount Vernon Love Story, in June 2002. Her memoir, Kitchen Privileges, was published by Simon & Schuster in November 2002. Her first children's book, Ghost Ship, illustrated by Wendell Minor, was published in April 2007 as a Paula Wiseman Book/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
She is co-author, with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels Deck the Halls (2000), He Sees You When You're Sleeping (2001), The Christmas Thief (2004), Santa Cruise (2006), and Dashing through the Snow (2008).
Mary Higgins Clark was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their Board of Directors. In May 1988, she was Chairman of the International Crime Congress.
I have only recently started reading Mary Higgins Clark's books and now I crave for more of her writings. The twists and turns and suspense are absolutely fascinating.Published 17 months ago by Carol Terleckyi
I thought this one was really good, although some of her other ones are better. Her stories always keep me hooked and they are never predictable. This is no exception! Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by booklover
This book was well written in that the dialogue was good and the descriptions were not too long and easy to visualize. Read morePublished on March 14 2004
If you like books that will leave you in suspense from the very first page to the very last, this is definitely the book for you! Read morePublished on May 27 2003
I wanted to avoid the description of "it's a real page-turner," but that is so fitting that I have to use it. Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by Yinzer Grrl
I like Mary Higgins Clark and I think Where Are The Children though far from her best book is okay and a lot better then All Around The Town because it's not as depressing or... Read morePublished on April 5 2003
This is the best book that I have read by Mary Higgens Clark. It is full of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end! Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2003 by "papilionidae"
I have heard that Mary Higgins Clark is a very good author. Although this is the first book that I have read of hers, I totally agree with the rumors that I heard. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by Christy R.
Eh, this book was okay. Nancy Harmon/Eldridge is the main character who's first children were murdered and she was found guilty of it. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002