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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.
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.See all Product Description
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 21 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
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.