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Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery | [C. J. Sansom]

Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.
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C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

©2008 C.J. Sansom; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Teresia southeast TX, United States 03-18-13
    Teresia southeast TX, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting"

    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

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    Paul Kalaheo, HI 09-17-12
    Paul Kalaheo, HI 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The best of the Shardlake series"
    What other book might you compare Revelation to and why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a good, engrossing story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Columbia, MD, United States 09-11-12
    Kevin Columbia, MD, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Mystery,Awesome Performance"
    What did you love best about Revelation?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to start at the beginning of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Santa Barbara, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Jessica Santa Barbara, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I love the Shardlake 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!!

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    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 08-22-12
    Darlene M. Formanek monroe, ME, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.

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    "Excellant Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Revelation to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Never expect the endings very well written


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes like him very much.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Could not wait to read them all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a most excellant series I would recommend to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    motown Bangor, Maine 06-27-12
    motown Bangor, Maine 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Tudor Fiction!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Olinger Fremont, CA USA 06-08-12
    Bill Olinger Fremont, CA USA 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent story and narration"
    If you could sum up Revelation in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging story and good performance


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, i'm now on my 3rd Shardlake mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Sovereign a bit more, but i would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 05-16-12
    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2003

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Historical fiction at its best!"

    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.

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    Sixty Some Chico, CA 11-22-09
    Sixty Some Chico, CA 11-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredibly Slow"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 08-02-09
    Richard Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 08-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Religion bah humbug"

    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.

    6 of 34 people found this review helpful
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