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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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    Fara Longmont, CO, United States 09-25-09
    Fara Longmont, CO, United States 09-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great entertainment!"

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-12-11
    Nancy SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Absolute fan of Shardlake"
    Would you listen to Revelation again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Revelation to and why?

    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.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but of course the book is far too long for that. Many a time I lingered late into the night, not wanting to


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 05-29-09
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 05-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "What a ride!"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 03-03-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great series!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Camille Katy,, TX, United States 11-30-10
    Camille Katy,, TX, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2005
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    "History and mystery"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lois BOSTON, MA, United States 02-05-10
    Lois BOSTON, MA, United States 02-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good historical mystery"

    So I am a sucker for the Tudor Period. I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded others by the same author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 04-14-14
    Linda Longview, TX, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Just gets better"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Royal Oak, Mi, United States 04-08-14
    Michael Royal Oak, Mi, United States 04-08-14
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    "Why random chapters???"
    Would you try another book from C. J. Sansom and/or Steven Crossley?

    No - not if done by the same producers. The production ruins the experience.


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

    He is a fine performer.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine PORTLAND, OREGON, United States 07-29-13
    Katherine PORTLAND, OREGON, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sansom Does It Again"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Jay, NY, USA 07-12-13
    Linda Jay, NY, USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I really bogged down on this one"
    What was most disappointing about C. J. Sansom’s story?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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