©2008 C.J. Sansom; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
Fourth book I've read in the series and just loved it! What a fabulous writer and what an exciting story. The way that the author, CJ Sansom, wrote the story made It easy for me to become absorbed in living in that era with all of that religious tension. It was also easy to engross myself in the Tudor England period.
I enjoyed getting to know the character Guy, a former monk who is now a doctor. It was also very interesting and funny to learn about the false teeth that were becoming popular!
Once again, excellent narration by Steven Crossley!
No - not if done by the same producers. The production ruins the experience.
He is a fine performer.
Why do the producers of the audio book break the chapters at random points? There are already chapters in the book - use them! It makes it so frustrating to navigate the audio book. What a terrible decision.
While some of the themes in the Shardlake series are a bit repetitive, they don't become annoying tropes. They become traits of characters that seem knowable. C.J. Sansom has created a lovable and flawed cast of characters. His attention to detail translates well to the audio versions of his books.
The plot twists are relatively clever. What keeps me coming back for each installment in this series is Shardlake and the other characters that Sansom has created. Good plot lines, great characters. I look forward to Shardlake's return.
Increasingly, he seems very slow... and worries issues to death, so that the book became boring and I stopped caring about the characters. The balance of plot to description is off on this one, and the plot, perhaps, rather weak, designed to show off the author's research.
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.
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