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Revelation Audiobook

Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

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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
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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.

    14 of 14 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

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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
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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
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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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    LonestarReader Texas 11-30-10
    LonestarReader Texas 11-30-10

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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
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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
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 09-20-16
    Cynthia 09-20-16
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    "Engrossing"

    Well written, and well read. The Matthew Shardlake series pulls you into another time where a single word could cause imprisonment.
    Well done!

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    Melanie 01-19-16
    Melanie 01-19-16
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    "Master Shardlake does it again"
    Where does Revelation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is good. I'd listen to it again.


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

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    England---Religion & madness during the 1500's.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Woodside, CA, United States 10-04-15
    Amazon Customer Woodside, CA, United States 10-04-15
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    "Another mesmerizing story from CJ Sansom"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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