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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

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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 12-12-11

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

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.

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  • Nancy
  • St Charles, MO, United States
  • 03-03-12

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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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.

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  • Lois
  • BOSTON, MA, United States
  • 02-05-10

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.

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  • Linda
  • Longview, TX, United States
  • 04-14-14

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.

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  • Will
  • SF Bay Area
  • 06-08-12

Excellent story and narration

If you could sum up Revelation in three words, what would they be?

Engaging story and good performance

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, i'm now on my 3rd Shardlake mystery.

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

The story was well structured, easy to follow and enough clues to keep me guessing, but not obvious enough for me to figure it out before the end.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

nothing

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Sovereign a bit more, but i would recommend this book to anyone.

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Historical fiction at its best!

I've become a devotee of Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries because they give an idea of Tudor England from the point of view of someone who actually lived then and was involved in the machinations. I know enough of the history to have the story ring true. Sometimes I wonder about the language, but the language of the era varied a great deal.
The history is great and the mysteries involved are well-plotted and believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Incredibly Slow

20 hours? Seemed like 40. Yes, there is interesting historical perspective; yes, there are a variety of interesting characters; yes, there is a plot line of continuing killings( very gruesome) and the mystery of who is doing the killing, but it takes forever for the story to move along and even when the killer is revealed I was disappointed to see there was another hour until the end. I kept listening, convinced that it would surely get more engaging....never did. I was well into 6 hours before anything at all happened. Previously I listened to "Company of Liars" and "Mistress of the Art of Death", which I found much more interesting and suspenseful. The narrator was excellent, but the novel, while well written, is just too slow for my taste.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful