©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.
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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.
CJ Sansom takes prodigious care to paint his plot and the Tudor London which surrounds it (perhaps too much, if you are a reader who prefers fiction to move along in the third person, rather than with the much slower pace of first-person dialogue). This mystery, like the previous ones in the series, skillfully blends historical truth (eg., Henry VIII's health, the rising conflict between more Reformed and more Catholic-leaning members of his court, the parlous position of Katharine Parr, the effete and power-hungry Sir Thomas Seymour, the horrors of Tudor Bedlam, the filth of the London sewer system, and the dreadful, hide-bound ignorance of Aristotelian "medicine") with a ghastly plot. In this instance, Lawyer Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak, seek to find a gruesome serial killer. As usual (it seems Sansom has established this as his pattern), these detectives suffer great physical and mental anguish as they wend their way towards accomplishing their goal. Sansom (I think) delights in portraying truly nasty personalities with evil, self-centered motives. Shardlake is the only character operating under altruistic motives. If this mystery were portrayed cinematographically, it would be the blackest of film noir.
The description of Tudor London.
Crossley attemptes to voice the different characters differently - but frankly, I think the range and number of characters in this book extend beyond his ability to distinguish each by sound. I'm not sure any actor could successfully portray a clear vocal delineation between so many characters.
The continuous suffering of Shardlake, the almost-omnipresent loathing, mocking, and hatred against him, whether by out and out villains, corrupt officials, or personages seeking to protect their own gain (and necks) is becoming rather wearisome. Hence the reason for my removal of a star from my rating concerning "story" and "overall."
Except for Matthew Shardlake, there are only shades of blackest black and grey in this mystery. Borrowing from the Bible, perhaps he is too "innocent as a dove" - he needs to incorporate a bit of (self-serving) serpent's wisdom into his actions.
This audiobook is good. I'd listen to it again.
The narrator brings feeling & fleshes out the characters in ways that printed word doesn't. When the right narrator is paired with the right story, the characters come to life in many ways. He actually draws you into the story--as if you're there right along with the others.
England---Religion & madness during the 1500's.....
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