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    • Tombland

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Edward's regent and Protector. In the kingdom, radical Protestants are driving the old religion into extinction, while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland has led to hyperinflation and economic collapse. Rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the lady Elizabeth. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Huge disappointment in a stellar mystery series

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-14-19

    Regular price: $30.79

    • 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 1,717
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,543

    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 1,229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 994
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 993

    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

    • 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 1,009
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 832
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 828

    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

    • 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 887
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 686
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 681

    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

    • 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 886
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 725
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729

    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

    • Lamentation

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 731
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 656
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 658

    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

    • Tombland

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disturbing trend

    • By Kerryann Ifill on 02-12-19

    Regular price: $32.71

    • 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 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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

    • 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 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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

    • 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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well-done abridgement of this intriguing mystery

    • By GoryDetails on 12-04-18

    Regular price: $10.32

    • Dominion

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    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

    • Winter in Madrid

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Gordon Gordon
    • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 98

    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

    • Tombland

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 37 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos...The king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. Radical Protestants are conducting all-out war on the old religion, stirring discontent among the people. The Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages, and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

    Regular price: $41.93

    • 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 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • Dark Fire

    • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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

    • Winter in Madrid

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, while the Germans continue their march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war. Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old school friend Sandy Forsyth, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game and surrounded by memories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A riveting story excellently narrated

    • By Erling on 09-20-08

    Regular price: $15.88

    • 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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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

    • Dominion

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    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

    • Heartstone

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: $16.85

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