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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper); Lrg edition (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743261348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261340
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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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.

About the Author

Mary Higgins Clark was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from secretarial school, she first worked in an advertising agency and then became a Pan Am flight attendant. She gave up flying around the world when she married Warren Clark, and it was soon after her marriage that she began writing short stories. She sold her first one to Extension magazine in 1956 for $100 -- after six years and forty rejection slips.

When her husband died in 1964, Clark was left a young widow with five children, and it was then that she decided to try her talents at writing fiction. Her first book was a biographical novel about the life of George Washington, Aspire to the Heavens. In 1975, her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, became a number one bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and career.

Clark then decided to take time for things she had always wanted to do. After concentrating on her children's education, getting her own degree was at the top of her list. She entered Fordham University at Lincoln Center, and in 1979, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in philosophy. She has fourteen honorary doctorates.

Since her debut suspense novel in 1975, Clark has become known as the Queen of Suspense, writing one bestseller after another.

In 1987, Clark was the president of the Mystery Writers of America, and for many years, she served on its board of directors.

Clark married John J. Conheeney in 1996. She now lives and writes in their Saddle River, New Jersey, home. Her new suspense novel, We'll Meet Again, will be published in April 1999.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ravenclaw29 on June 19 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Seven years ago, Nancy Harmon was forced to go through the horrendous pain of having to sit in a courtroom, with tension so thick you could just cut it with a whetted knife, while her distraught husband Carl, the angry District Attorney, and Rob Legler---someone she had formerly called something of a friend---cruelly condemned her to the false charges against her, saying that she had brutally murdered her two young children, Peter and Lisa, suffocating them by shoving plastic bags over their heads. An acquittal was not very likely at all in Nancy's hopes, or her lawyer's. But suddenly, after Carl commits suicide and Rob Legler mysteriously disappears, the District Attorney is forced to drop the conviction of execution to the gas chamber against Nancy.

Nancy has cut her beautiful waist-length naturally red hair, and dyed it brown, and has moved away from California, hoping the move will help wash away all the horrible memories she had there, ever since she left Ohio and her now deceased mother, Priscilla, to go to college in California. Desperately hoping that no one will still recognize her from the newspaper in the tranquil seclusion of Cape Cod, Nancy quickly moves in, and the handsome realtor who shows her the place, Ray Eldredge, she soon marries.

Now, with Ray, Nancy has two more beloved little children, Missy and Michael, and their lives together as a family is relatively normal, though Ray often finds himself selfishly wishing that Nancy would go out more and be more social with the other Cape Cod residents in this secluded area.
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By A Customer on April 20 2004
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This boook is called "Where are the Children" by Mary Higgins Clark. The publisher is "Dell Publishing CO. INC.". The price of this book is $7.99. "Where are the Children?" is a chilling mystery. It takes place on Cape Cod and the main character is Nancy, a stay at home mom. Many years ago Nancy was accused of murdering her two missing children. ONce she was set free from trial she moved and started a new family and had two more kids. When these children go missing the story takes you on a whinding twists and turns as police try to find the children and find the killer. Nancy goes through hard questioning which forces her to confess all of her darkest secrets. But the many people involved with the case only have little time because who knows who could have the children now. I loved this book because at times you thought you knew who had taken the children but then later you get completly thrown off track. This story kept me reading for hours at a time. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is looking for a good reading that hooks you on the first page and keeps you hanging until the very end.
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On her birthday, Nancy Harmon's children disappear, later to be washed up on the shore in California. She is accused of murdering her children, although it is never proven. A key witness has disappeared. To top it off, her husband commits suicide over his grief at the loss of their children.
It is seven years later. Nancy has relocated to Cape Cod, changed her identity, remarried to a wonderful man, with whom she has two beautiful children.
Today is Nancy's birthday. She has sent her children out to play. The paper boy delivers the local paper. Nancy opens the paper and is stunned to find, plastered all over the local section of the paper, her picture and all of the incriminating details of the murders of her previous two children. Nancy rushes out to the back yard to gather her children and bring them back into the house, only to find them missing!
I have read several of Mary Higgins Clark's books and have enjoyed them all, But this one kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, reading and turning pages as fast as I could. A number of Clark's books have been made into TV movies, and this one just begs to be a movie! I recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys the thriller/murder mystery genre of books. One word of warning: this book deals with the subject of pedophilia, so may not be recommended for everyone.
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One of my favorite books of all time! You feel that you are experiencing everything the main character is. The book is about a young woman whose children have disappeared. Years earlier, her two children from her previous marriage disappeared. Naturally, when people find out about her past (she moved to a new location to make a fresh start) virtually everyone suspects her of murdering her second family of children. Adding to the suspenseful tone of the book is the tension created by the impending Nor'easter. When I first read this book, I'd never been to the Northeast, but the book made me feel as if I were there. A great tale of the suspicions people harbor -- suspicions that cause the main character to doubt herself and wonder if she's insane and really did hurt her previous and current children. As the reader wonders this too, the suspense continues to build. It's obvious that if she wasn't insane to begin with, the strain of facing the same horror a second time may very well push her over the brink.
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