Thomas Cromwell

  • by Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by Gareth Armstrong, Paul Mendez, Sandra Duncan
  • 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's best-selling Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell?
Born a lowly tavern keeper's son, Cromwell rose swiftly through the ranks to become Henry VIII's right-hand man, and one of the most powerful figures in Tudor history. The architect of England's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the dissolution of the monasteries, he oversaw seismic changes in our country's history. Influential in securing Henry's controversial divorce from Catherine of Aragon, many believe he was also the ruthless force behind Anne Boleyn's downfall and subsequent execution. But although for years he has been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power, Thomas Cromwell was also a loving husband, father, and guardian; a witty and generous host; and a loyal and devoted servant. With new insights into Cromwell's character, his family life and his close relationships with both Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Tracy Borman examines the life, loves, and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.

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Spoiled by additional narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book - yes. The audiobook - no.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Cromwell?

No memorable moment. Overall a good book.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The main narrator is fine, no criticism of him. The additional voice actors used to read the quotations from letters etc are atrocious and seriously detract from an otherwise good audiobook. As another reviewer has said, the choice of accents is peculiar with French and Spanish being reduced to a sort of hybrid that sounds like neither. Cromwell's voice paints a picture of him as a rather slow-witted headmaster. All of them sound very camp. The book would have been infinitely better if the quotes had been read without accents and in a plain, authoritative voice.


Did Thomas Cromwell inspire you to do anything?

No, except to go back to re-reading Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.


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- Stephen

Narration Nonsensence

Would you consider the audio edition of Thomas Cromwell to be better than the print version?

Not in its current form


What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Cromwell?

Sadly, the jarring accents


How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator or, the same without the attempt at regional and European accents.


Any additional comments?

I believe Ms. Borman to be an excellent author - she is one of the few authors today who has a terrific way of immersing the reader/listener into her narrative, a real feel for the period. I bought this title because I have enjoyed her previous work enormously but was deeply disappointed and became, over time, annoyed by the cringe making accents. It truly detracts from the wonderful story - I will buy the written book

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- Miss T. S. Prescott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-09-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton