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C. J. Sansom

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  • Lamentation | C.J. Sansom

    Lamentation

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry's sixth wife - and Matthew Shardlake's old mentor - Queen Catherine Parr.

    Mark Butterman says: "History Lesson that Goes Down Like Ice Cream"
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake | C. J. Sansom

    Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
  • Heartstone: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery | C. J. Sansom

    Heartstone: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Consistently appearing on US and UK best-seller lists, C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries have earned considerable critical acclaim, including a CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. At the behest of a former servant to Catherine Parr, Shardlake travels to Portsmouth to investigate claims of unspeakable crimes committed upon a young ward of the court. There, Shardlake uncovers disturbing evidence even as England’s continuing war with France rages around him.

    MLKIllory says: "Worth the time and money"
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery | C. J. Sansom

    Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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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.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
  • Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery | C. J. Sansom

    Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Barrister Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: his own imprisonment in the Tower of London. Harsh autumn winds stir the English countryside as King Henry VIII, along with a thousand soldiers and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, make their way from London to York after a violent uprising.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Very good mystery"
  • Dark Fire: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery | C. J. Sansom

    Dark Fire: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire revisits acclaimed master of historical fiction C. J. Sansom's colorful and rapier-witted lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Set in 1540, this beguiling tale of murder and mayhem is set against a rich backdrop of medieval London. Here, hunchbacked Matthew Shardlake is called upon to investigate the peculiar case of a young woman accused of murder.

    Julie says: "Great Historical Mystery"
  • Winter in Madrid | C. J. Sansom

    Winter in Madrid

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Gordon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Winter in Madrid is set just after the bloody Spanish Civil War, with World War II looming over Europe. Reluctantly, Harry Brett looks for an old schoolmate who's become a person of interest for British intelligence.

    Annie says: "realistic characters in historical context"
  • Dominion | C.J. Sansom

    Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
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    1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany. The global economy strains against the weight of the long German war against Russia still raging in the east. The British people find themselves under increasingly authoritarian rule - the press, radio, and television tightly controlled, the British Jews facing ever greater constraints.

    J. says: "Interesting Alternitive History"
  • Heartstone | C. J. Sansom

    Heartstone

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis.Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr.

  • Shardlake: Dissolution: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation | C J Sansom

    Shardlake: Dissolution: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C J Sansom
    • Narrated By Jason Watkins, Mark Bonnar
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    A thrilling BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on CJ Sansom's best-selling Tudor crime novel. Winter, 1537. Henry VIII has declared himself Supreme Head of the Church and instructed his Chief Minister, Thomas Cromwell, to dissolve England's religious houses and seize their wealth. But Cromwell's plot to bring down the abbeys has hit a snag - one of the King's Commissioners has been found brutally murdered in Scarnsea monastery, on the south coast of Kent.

    Sarah says: "Love Shardlake"
  • Shardlake: Dark Fire: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation | C.J. Sansom

    Shardlake: Dark Fire: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Full Cast, Justin Salinger, Robert Glenister
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    A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on the second novel in C. J. Sansom's best-selling Tudor crime series. Summer, 1540. It has been three years since the terrible events at Scarnsea monastery, and lawyer-detective Matthew Shardlake is living a quiet life in London - until a summons from Cromwell sees him embarking on another dangerous secret assignment.

  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Novel | C. J. Sansom

    Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies.

    dont mess says: "Atmospheric - draws you into the period"
  • Shardlake: Sovereign: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas | C J Sansom

    Shardlake: Sovereign: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C J Sansom
    • Narrated By Bryan Dick, Justin Salinger
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    An atmospheric BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on C. J. Sansom's best-selling Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake. Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects. Shardlake and his assistant, Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000-strong procession.

  • The Sacred Stone | C.J. Sansom,Bernard Knight,Susanna Gregory,Philip Gooden,Michael Jecks,Ian Morson,Karen Maitland

    The Sacred Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C.J. Sansom, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory, and others
    • Narrated By Paul Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Masters of the historical mystery, authors Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Philip Gooden, Simon Beaufort, and C.J. Sansom band together as The Medieval Murderers to craft this thrilling tale. In 1067 Greenland, a strange stone falls from the sky. Over the next 600 years, violence and death follow whoever possesses it, including crusading knights, a dying King Henry III, and a troupe of His Majesty King James I’s players.

    Margaret says: "It didn't keep me listening..."
  • Lamentation: Shardlake, Book 6 | C. J. Sansom

    Lamentation: Shardlake, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

  • Sovereign | C. J. Sansom

    Sovereign

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Autumn, 1541. Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Already in York are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission: to ensure the welfare of a dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries.

    Aileen says: "Great historical crime series"
  • Revelation: Shardlake, Book 4 | C. J. Sansom

    Revelation: Shardlake, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, before his terrifying religious mania leads to him being burned as a heretic.

  • Dissolution: Shardlake, Book 1 | C. J. Sansom

    Dissolution: Shardlake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

  • Dark Fire | C. J. Sansom

    Dark Fire

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment.

    Lesley says: "Good Plot & Interesting Historical Background"
  • Dissolution | C. J. Sansom

    Dissolution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church, and the country is waking up to savage new laws. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent to investigate the monasteries. At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead. And Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of reform, has been sent by Cromwell into an atmosphere of treachery and death to investigate.

    Aileen says: "Wonderful historical mystery"
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