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Heartstone Audiobook

Heartstone: Shardlake, Book 5

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Shardlake goes to war...

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 . . .Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr.

Asked to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs' committed against his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth. There, Shardlake also intends to investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettiplace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. Once in Portsmouth, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing for war.

The mysteries surrounding the Hobbey family and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Soon events will converge on board one of the king's great warships gathered in Portsmouth harbour, waiting to sail out and confront the approaching French fleet. . .

©2010 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Mrs
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    12/1/15
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    "A Dark and Enthralling blend of fact and fiction"
    What did you like most about Heartstone?

    This is another of the Shardlake tales with its mixture of fiction set against a background of actual events that are blended seamlessly and engagingly.
    This installment in the saga deals with gender issues and one of the great tragedies of British naval history: the loss of the Mary Rose. The account of the final hours of the vessel are harrowing and the reader feels there with Shardlake aboard the doomed vessel and her crew.Several narrative threads are brought together by the end of the novel and the story of Ellen, the woman confined in Bedlam is resolved.
    While there is happiness for some characters there is deep tragedy for others and Matthew Shardlake finds himself confronting the seemingly invulnerable Richard Rich yet again.
    The characters are fully rounded and the pace never falters. Highly recommended to lovers of fine fiction.


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

    Steven Crossley's narration is excellent as he captures the male characters superbly, however, his attempts with the female characters are less successful, but perhaps it is setting expectations too high.


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

    The book kept me enthralled from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summerdaze East Yorks
    4/27/17
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    "fantastico"

    loved it can't wait to download the next one very accurate historically and brings Tudor England to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    4/23/17
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    "Emersive"

    emersive story start to finish. really enjoyed the reading and pace. 2nd book of series on audible found to be as good as the actual reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Charles
    3/28/17
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    "A GREAT READ"

    Enjoyed the story along with the characters and historic background. First class and most informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Tester
    3/23/17
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    "Very good"

    Knowing the Hampshire area well it made the story very interesting.
    I really enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lesley meader
    2/25/17
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    "Gods breath they were brave."

    I've listened to the whole series of books end to end.
    I would like to know more about what happened to Barack and Tamsin.
    I'm glad Matthew will work forever for what is right!
    It's good to know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/7/17
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    "Excellent"

    I like the way c j sansom describes the surroundings of the Tudor era...making u feel what it was like to live in those times.
    Well deserves 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D
    11/5/16
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    "Best yet"

    A really enjoyable book, to my mind the best in the series to date. Very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PBM
    8/1/16
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    "ANOTHER AMAZING SHARDLAKE ADVENTURE"

    I love the Shardlake series of books and this latest one has, as always, kept me intrigued all the way through till the end. I had previously read the other volumes in the series, but I am delighted with the audio version. Steven Crossley's voice is perfect for the main character (just how i had imagined Shardlake would sound like!). An incredible performance, so much so that I have already purchased the next audiobook in the series :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    United Kingdom
    6/20/16
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    "another great peice of storytelling."

    Another one. .and I'm so disappointed. ..at the minute there is only one more...what am I going to listen to then..I've come to know Matthew Shardlake as a friend...I've missed not as he is described ' a Hunchback ' but I do suffer with disease of my spine ( AS )...but that aside I love the stories and the reading brings the characters to life..
    I hope there will be more..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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