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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 1,685
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,513

    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

    • Lamentation

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 706
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 634
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 635

    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

    • 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 1,204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 972
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 971

    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 987
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 813
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 808

    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

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

    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

    • Winter in Madrid

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Gordon Gordon
    • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    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

    • 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

    • 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 864
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 666
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659

    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 863
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 704
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 707

    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

    • 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

    • 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 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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 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

    • Heartstone

    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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

    • Dominion

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 167

    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

    • 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

    • Revelation

    • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Atmospheric - draws you into the period

    • By dont mess on 03-19-12

    Regular price: $15.88

    • 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: 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 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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

    • 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

    • Sovereign

    • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Autumn, 1541. Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Already in York are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission: to ensure the welfare of a dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great historical crime series

    • By Aileen on 11-29-11

    Regular price: $15.88

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