©2008 C.J. Sansom; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
This was not what I was expecting but it was a good story. As a Christian I am always interested in reading (listening to) books that depict Christians and their faith. C. J. Sansom does a great job of showing that Christians are not perfect, that while they may desire to do good to everyone they often fall short, they lose their tempers, and they even have times of doubt.
Really didn't figure out WHO the antagonist was until I read it at the end. If you like the other Matthew Shardlake mysteries you will surely like this
I have read the entire Shardlake series on Audible. They are all excellent and I think Revelation was the best of the series, followed closely by Sovereign and Dark Fire. Heartstone was the weakest of the 5 in my opinion.
It was a good, engrossing story.
The characters continue to develop with the wild and crazy religious dark ages as a backdrop. The history is accurate as far as I can see.Other than the story, I have to say that Steven Crossley's performance is magnificent.
Be sure to start at the beginning of the series.
I've been hooked on the Shardlake novels for awhile now, taking them slowly because there are only five of them. Revelation was just that - a revelation. It's a fascinating story, with Sansom's usual engaging cast. His characters are human and believable, and the subject matter fascinating. Once again I'm sent to the history section of the library to learn more! I'm very impressed by the research that goes into these novels. This was a book that caused me to look for tedious and repetitive tasks to do so that I had an excuse to listen. Then I would find myself standing stock still and staring into space transfixed. No laundry folded or dishes put away! There's only one left! I want more!!
I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.
Never expect the endings very well written
Yes like him very much.
Could not wait to read them all.
This is a most excellant series I would recommend to all.
I have read all of the Matthew Shardlake books through this one and have enjoyed each one of them. I love the history that is built into the books and I like the mysteries. The ancillary characters are great. The mystery in this book is great and the history about the "new religions" is very interesting. I am really looking forward to the next book...it is downloaded in my library and waiting for its turn!
Engaging story and good performance
Yes, i'm now on my 3rd Shardlake mystery.
The story was well structured, easy to follow and enough clues to keep me guessing, but not obvious enough for me to figure it out before the end.
I enjoyed Sovereign a bit more, but i would recommend this book to anyone.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
I've become a devotee of Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries because they give an idea of Tudor England from the point of view of someone who actually lived then and was involved in the machinations. I know enough of the history to have the story ring true. Sometimes I wonder about the language, but the language of the era varied a great deal.
The history is great and the mysteries involved are well-plotted and believable.
20 hours? Seemed like 40. Yes, there is interesting historical perspective; yes, there are a variety of interesting characters; yes, there is a plot line of continuing killings( very gruesome) and the mystery of who is doing the killing, but it takes forever for the story to move along and even when the killer is revealed I was disappointed to see there was another hour until the end. I kept listening, convinced that it would surely get more engaging....never did. I was well into 6 hours before anything at all happened. Previously I listened to "Company of Liars" and "Mistress of the Art of Death", which I found much more interesting and suspenseful. The narrator was excellent, but the novel, while well written, is just too slow for my taste.
I should not read any story from the middle ages. It just intensifies my dislike for religion. When they burn children and women alive for heresy and witchcraft, I lose it. Of course they don't do that today, they blow them up. Stay away from cults. As for the book, it is not bad but not great and I could not listen to all of it. Oh yes! Send me twenty dollars and I will pray for you.
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