Thomas Cromwell

  • by Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by Julian Elfer
  • 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thomas Cromwell has long been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power. As Henry VIII's right-hand man, Cromwell was the architect of the English Reformation, secured Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and plotted the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and upon his arrest, was accused of trying to usurp the King himself. But here Tracy Borman reveals a different side of one of the most notorious figures in history: that of a caring husband and father, a fiercely loyal servant and friend, and a revolutionary who helped make medieval England into a modern state.
Born in the mid-1480s to a lowly blacksmith, Cromwell left home at 18 to make his fortune abroad. After serving as a mercenary in the French army, working for a powerful merchant banker in Florence at the height of the Renaissance, and spending time as a cloth merchant in the commercial capital of the world, the Netherlands, Cromwell returned to England and built a flourishing legal practice. He soon became the protégé of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and then worked his way into the King's inner circle. As Henry's top aide, Cromwell was at the heart of the most momentous events of his time and wielded immense power over both church and state. His seismic political, religious, and social reforms had an impact that can still be felt today.
Grounded in excellent primary source research, Thomas Cromwell gives an inside look at a monarchy that has captured the Western imagination for centuries, and tells the story of a controversial and enigmatic man who forever changed the shape of his country.

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Meh

I purchased this book on preorder so excited was I about its release. However, it is extremely dry. I don't mind that too much but I won't rave about it either. I much prefer someone who discussed the "what ifs" and "speculates" (just a little) about the endless possibilities based on documentation. This enriches the text and requires more than a "history lesson." Borman does neither. What you'll get here is is facts layed one atop the other until the end. If you read Wolf Hall and just want to fact check then this will give you that...but if your looking for something exciting like "The Creation of Anne Boleyn" then keep moving on.
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- Sara "Recent college grad who studied creative writing... now I bum 'round listening to other's works. Not a bad life :)"

narration is very well done & book is quite good

Would you listen to Thomas Cromwell again? Why?

yes, I think it is a great window on the Tudor period


Who was your favorite character and why?

not sure on that one


What does Julian Elfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

this narrator is about the best one I have heard yet on Audible. I hope he does more in the history section..as that is what I am mostly interested in.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no , but it is quite interesting


Any additional comments?

great narration

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios