©2008 C.J. Sansom; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
I heard about these books after hearing an interview with the author on the BBC. I thought the books would be interesting, but didn't anticipate lying in bed until 2 am still plugged in to my iPod, because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The story abounds with wonderful characters, excellent twists of plot and a well-researched ambiance. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire Matthew Shardlake series.
Yes, If I was confined to bed I would listen to the entire series again. Why? The stories areso intriguing that the first listen is devoted to just finding out what is going to happen and to solving the various mysteries the author introduces. The next time around I would listen the delicious historical details.
Similar to Connie Willis, the author packs in both grand historical era and the details and characters that bring them to life. Both authors are fastidious researchers and take a year or more do do their research.
The narrator introduces the various accents and pronunciations the undoubtedly set apart the various classes although of course we don't know what they actually sounded like.
Yes, but of course the book is far too long for that. Many a time I lingered late into the night, not wanting to
The Shardlake books make a marvelous series and the people that write about the books being boring just don't get it. It is well worth sticking through the extensive set up Sansom walks us through at the beginning of his novels, introducing or reintroducing his characters, setting up several plot lines, etc. Revelation is not the strongest in the series, a bit contrived with the all the Book of Rev. symbolism and gruesome murders. But I still loved listening to it.
Okay, it moves a bit slow at times but this book packs plenty of tension and mystery. I was able to figure some things out before Master Shardlake yet that did not dim my enjoyment one whit! The time covered was one of religious strife in England. I came away with a new appreciation of what an intelligent person in England must have gone through during those time. I also came away with a real sense of just how EVIL Henry VIII was.
This man brought terror to a land that had been fairly content.
Really good story as well as giving you an excellent feel for life in the period. Some parts were a bit gruesome, but that was life during the period. Overall, an enjoyable series.
I am such a fan of this series. Sansom mixes history and mystery in these superb historical thrillers. Revelation is a fascinating glimpse into the religious turmoil that marked Henry VIII's reign. Steven Crossley's narration is so well done. Cannot recommend this series too highly.
So I am a sucker for the Tudor Period. I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded others by the same author.
I enjoy this series very much. The historical background is interesting and still pertinent in today's world. The stories are well written and well performed. I look forward to more.
Forget Wolf Hall – the Mathew Shardlake stories will teach you more than you could ever retain about the politics and the life of the court and of the lower orders in Henry the eighth England Not to mention the power of religious but fanaticism to pervert common sense and morality. AND keep you listening long after you should put it down and come back to it the next day. These stories are hugely entertaining and full of memorable characters and I can't wait for the next one!
I could read or listen to Sansom's books everyday. The historical aspect is so well researched and yet the problems seem modern. He keeps you guessing the entire book.
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