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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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A Column of Fire
Ken Follett
Paul Bannister
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis

Wolf Hall (audio) by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Wolf Hall on audio. I am more convinced than ever that this book is more deserving of 5 stars than most that receive a top rating. This was a re-read for me, and my original review can be found here.

When I began listening, I wondered if I would become confused by Mantel's complex writing style. If anything, it was better this way. I found myself laughing out loud at Cromwell's thoughts and opinions of people. The "He" issue that is off-putting to many was hardly noticeable. Whether this was due to the format or the fact that I was prepared for it, I cannot be certain.

This is one of the few books that, upon finishing it, I know I will pick it up to read again someday. The complex characters and insight into what could have been running through Cromwell's mind are truly captivating.

One of my all time favorites. I need book 3!!!!