Peter Ackroyd - perhaps and perhaps not.
Derek Jacobi - Definitely
I really didn't like this book.
The plot was fascinating and the premise was even better.
Peter Ackroyd wrote the novel well.
The characters were simply unlikable. I loved the architectural details and the ascent of the 18th century protagonist but he was so unabashedly evil! I found it rather hard to identify with him. His modern counterpart was also rather unlikeable as he was just so depressed at his own mediocrity.
I wished the novel could have gone in a different direction. Perhaps this is a book that would do well in a book group or read by a few people at the same time. I would have liked to discuss much of this book as I was reading it.
Derek's voice is perfect. He is one of my all time favorite actors. I have much respect for him.
The book was well written. The plot path was woven quite intricately and in an interesting way. I found it quite easy to discern the two paths of the story, present and past. Derek Jacobi's performance aided this distinction quite a bit.
I loved everything about this book except the characters. Perhaps I need to read / listen to this novel again.
Not sure if this is a ‘chick flick’ or not. You should see the cover of the book I got from the Library! - Regardless it is moving quite quickly!
Definitely not a "Chick-Flick". I am really enjoying this book. Very fast paced & well written. I am indeed on the edge of my chair as I read this. I am feeling quite chilled by the story. This would be a perfect book for a spooky October read; even though, I am reading it in late spring which is the setting of the story.
Wow! How deliciously creepy. I have found that this was done as a PBS special in 1997. I really would like to watch this as soon as I finish reading it. It's on my Netflix DVD list.
OMG! I am so jangled! I had to turn off the story several times during lunch. That is the deal with listening to the story. I can't speed the reading up like I would and was trying to as I was reading along at lunch just now! This story is so well written that I am sitting right next to the protagonist as she is directly experiencing the plot. I need a break from this book, and in 15 minutes I am going to be dying to listen / read the remaining 92 pages. The reader knows that something big is going to happen from the first few pages. What suspense! Three hundred pages upon which the plot builds and the climax just keeps coming – of course a female author! ;^)
Oh my gosh!
It's finished. What a ride. This is by far one of the best books I've read. I was on pins and needles right up to the last page!
This is a nice quick listen. Just over six hours. Perfect for a drive or just doing chores around the house on a Saturday.
You may want to pay for this out of pocket as you can digest it in one go and that way you still have your credit for the remaining 29 days.
That being said, it is still worth the listen. Jeremy Northam has given a nice performance on this story. This would be best suited for the Fall as the weather is getting worse and you seem pulled inside more. You will really feel part of this story. While I listened to it on a warm Spring day, I did have to suppress a shudder more than once. Enjoy!
I am hooked! This is the sad part of finding an excellent series like this: I have now completed the third installment and only have two to go with no news of a sixth book! - alas! to have loved and lost...
England during the 16th century has long been a fascination of mine. Short of a time machine this is the best way to visit! Imagine the tumult to the populous King Henry caused when he told the Pope to take a hike! Granted this is the Protestant Reformation and the world was ready for a change, but to live through that change.
I would love to see this series or at least spin-off series surf through the tumult after Henry VIII dies. There is the nine day reign of Queen Jane; Bloody Mary as she tries to subjugate England under Spain; and the touch-and-go start Queen Elizabeth's reign. Then there is Elizabeth's rise beginning the British Empire, upon which the sun never set! The rumors that sir Francis Bacon is indeed Elizabeth's son, etc...
And through all of that societal upheaval and tumult stands the unassuming Matthew Shardlake. (This is very close to the beginnings of the middle class.) It is here where the story gets its sole. Matthew begins the series as an Idealist finding his cause in the reform movements. As the series progresses, Matthew sees first hand how power corrupts. He modifies his philosophy the best he is able seeing good on both sides of the Papist - Reformist struggle. Leaving himself but a razor's edge to walk upon.
The twists and turns of the plot. The continuation of characters from the first novel. Again, Steven Crossley's performance.
Matthew Shardlake, no matter how hard or difficult or just plain herculean the task given him, Matthew gives it his all. He has a very sharp and just mind.
He animates the characters, gives them depth. Accurately pronounces words that I have never heard in used in speech.
As the plot begins to unfold Matthew is forced to work closely with John Barack a trusted informant of Lord Cromwell. As Barack sees how Matthew operates and Matthew sees the value of Barack's street-sense the two actually reach a synergy and while grudgingly at first develop a respect for each other.
Yes! Steven Crossley really brings this story alive and his voices are consistent throughout the performance. This story is gripping with characters that jump out of the narrative.
The unassuming protagonist, Matthew Shardlake. The setting, the time period.
With out a doubt, Matthew Shardlake, how could it not be.
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