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    • Dissolution

    • A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,670
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,498

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific Story, Writing, and Narration ...

    • By Snoodely on 09-13-13

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Dark Fire

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 963
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 962

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murder & Intrigue ~ Lawyers & Psychopaths

    • By Bill on 08-03-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Lamentation

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 703
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 631
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History Lesson that Goes Down Like Ice Cream

    • By Mark Butterman on 03-14-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Heartstone

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 858
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 699
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 702

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Matthew Shardlake mystery

    • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-13

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Sovereign

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 981
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 802

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good mystery

    • By Mike From Mesa on 04-11-13

    Regular price: $48.97

    • Winter in Madrid

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Gordon Gordon
    • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • realistic characters in historical context

    • By Annie on 10-04-09

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Dominion

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 166

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Alternitive History

    • By J. on 05-13-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Tombland

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

    Regular price: $32.71

    • Revelation

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 862
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 664
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 657

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great entertainment!

    • By Fara on 09-25-09

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Shardlake: Dark Fire

    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Full Cast, Justin Salinger, Robert Glenister
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • The Sacred Stone

    • By: C.J. Sansom, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory, and others
    • Narrated by: Paul Matthews
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 64

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It didn't keep me listening...

    • By Margaret on 01-09-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Shardlake: Revelation

    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: C J Sansom
    • Narrated by: Jason Watkins, full cast, Mark Bonnar
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Shardlake returns in this atmospheric BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of the fourth novel in C. J. Sansom's bestselling Tudor crime series.Spring, 1543. London's streets are filled with preachers; strange signs and portents are seen everywhere; and young men, maddened by differing interpretations of the Bible, are drawn into dangerous fundamentalism.

    Regular price: $10.65

    • Shardlake: Dissolution

    • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
    • By: C J Sansom
    • Narrated by: Jason Watkins, Mark Bonnar
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable mystery

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-17

    Regular price: $12.78

    • Dark Fire

    • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Plot & Interesting Historical Background

    • By Lesley on 03-18-10

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Shardlake: Sovereign

    • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramas
    • By: C J Sansom
    • Narrated by: Bryan Dick, Justin Salinger
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    Regular price: $12.39

    • Shardlake: Heartstone

    • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
    • By: C J Sansom
    • Narrated by: Justin Salinger, Bryan Dick, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation based on the best-selling novel by CJ Sansom.

    Regular price: $10.32

    • Dominion

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth a listen

    • By P on 01-31-14

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Dissolution

    • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful historical mystery

    • By Aileen on 02-16-12

    Regular price: $15.88

    • Dark Fire

    • Shardlake, Book 2
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth 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 . . .

    Regular price: $36.15

    • Lamentation

    • Shardlake, Book 6
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    Regular price: $30.91

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