The narrator was so poor it was a strain to listen to the story. The storyline was slow and very predictable. I will avoid this narrator in future as well as the author.
The narrator was an excellent match to the story. The accents were believable and authentic rather than over the top. The storyline was filled with historical detail that I found very interesting.
The plot was a good one with lots of twists and turns and red herrings. The main character Matthew Shardlake keeps an open mind in the face of politically expedient solutions posed by others.
Crossley found the right balance of accents and "acting" to bring the story alive and keep it moving, yet not be obtrusive.
I was impressed by the author's presentation of the difference between religious beliefs and moral behavior and how disillusioned Matthew becomes as his heros are all found to have feet of very soft clay. Religion in this time is more about politics than about faith.
The books are long but absolutely worth it. I plan to listen to all of the Matthew Shardlake series
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