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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 Member Since 2015
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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 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 2012
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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 2017
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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 Member Since 2013

    at the BookMoot!

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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 2012
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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 2012
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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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    Frances E. Greer, Jr. 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Best Yet!"

    This historical mystery novel has the most compelling story line so far in the Matthew Shardlake series. The story was complex and supported by vivid historical details and many interesting characters. The narrator delivered an incredible number of vocal changes in the characters (upper/lower class, male/female, etc.), including wide ranges in the emotional tones of each character, e.g. excitement, insanity, gender, grief, age, etc. The killer used a list of biblical riddles, allegorical crimes, in the Book of Revelations to devise a method to fit each "crime." In a strange *twist*, each murder required Matthew to figure out how the resulting victim represented the twisted crime, a difficult task in itself, and the previous suspect never seemed to fit the new crime! The tension heightens and fear escalates as Matthew's friends, associates and even a royal bride-to-be become vulnerable during this murdering spree. And as the end of the list approaches, Michael himself becomes the target of the last twisted crime. When the King's men realize they have the killer finally trapped, they decide to flood the tunnel in which he is hiding. Michael has gone there to confront him at last and the waters flood in...unchecked.

    Don't miss reading this book -- and don't expect to want to put it down before the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophy0075 12-18-16
    Sophy0075 12-18-16

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    "Tudor Lawyer/Detective - Sansom's Punching Bag"
    Would you listen to Revelation again? Why?

    CJ Sansom takes prodigious care to paint his plot and the Tudor London which surrounds it (perhaps too much, if you are a reader who prefers fiction to move along in the third person, rather than with the much slower pace of first-person dialogue). This mystery, like the previous ones in the series, skillfully blends historical truth (eg., Henry VIII's health, the rising conflict between more Reformed and more Catholic-leaning members of his court, the parlous position of Katharine Parr, the effete and power-hungry Sir Thomas Seymour, the horrors of Tudor Bedlam, the filth of the London sewer system, and the dreadful, hide-bound ignorance of Aristotelian "medicine") with a ghastly plot. In this instance, Lawyer Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak, seek to find a gruesome serial killer. As usual (it seems Sansom has established this as his pattern), these detectives suffer great physical and mental anguish as they wend their way towards accomplishing their goal. Sansom (I think) delights in portraying truly nasty personalities with evil, self-centered motives. Shardlake is the only character operating under altruistic motives. If this mystery were portrayed cinematographically, it would be the blackest of film noir.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of Tudor London.


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

    Crossley attemptes to voice the different characters differently - but frankly, I think the range and number of characters in this book extend beyond his ability to distinguish each by sound. I'm not sure any actor could successfully portray a clear vocal delineation between so many characters.


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

    The continuous suffering of Shardlake, the almost-omnipresent loathing, mocking, and hatred against him, whether by out and out villains, corrupt officials, or personages seeking to protect their own gain (and necks) is becoming rather wearisome. Hence the reason for my removal of a star from my rating concerning "story" and "overall."


    Any additional comments?

    Except for Matthew Shardlake, there are only shades of blackest black and grey in this mystery. Borrowing from the Bible, perhaps he is too "innocent as a dove" - he needs to incorporate a bit of (self-serving) serpent's wisdom into his actions.

    0 of 0 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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