The Sheen on the Silk

  • by Anne Perry
  • Narrated by Angela Dawe
  • 19 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Arriving in the ancient Byzantine city in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, using her skills as a physician to maneuver close to the key players involved in her brother’s fate.
With her medical practice thriving, Anna crosses paths with Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship’s captain conflicted not only by his mixed Venetian-Byzantine heritage but by his growing feelings for Anastasius.
Trying to clear her brother’s name, Anna learns more about Justinian’s life and reputation, including his peculiar ties to Bessarion’s beautiful widow and his possible role in a plot to overthrow the emperor. This leaves Anna with more questions than answers, and time is running out. For an even greater threat lies on the horizon: Another Crusade to capture the Holy Land is brewing, and leaders in Rome and Venice have set their sights on Constantinople for what is sure to be a brutal invasion.
Anna’s discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor’s treacherous court - where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.
Richly detailed and finely wrought, The Sheen on the Silk is a bold and brilliant work that affirms Anne Perry’s talent as a master storyteller.


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not my cup of tea

Perhaps if you like Perry AND "Pillars of the Earth" and/or "Sacred Hearts" type listens, you'll enjoy this.

As in her Victorian series, Perry is good on verisimilitude- detail of clothes and food and buildings- but I'm not sure she gets the history of the mentalities any better (but either does Follet). I think Perry's prose is better than usual and she attempts to be more literary in "Sheen" - but still I found it very tedious - too many improbable conversations and even more improbable overheard conversations. At least Perry doesn't assault the ears with graphic violence and sex like a "Pillars."

The narrator was competent but wouldn't be my choice for this novel-too young and breathy.

One of us - either Perry or me -- should stick with the 19th century.

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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Oh my!

I couldn't get into the William Monk series by Anne Perry. Just not my cup of tea. This book came out of left field to whack me in the head! Wow. I wasn't just listening to a story, I was immersed in the world of 13th century Byzantine culture. I know a little about Byzantine culture and this book inspired me to learn much more. It is long and has the occasional dragging any long book does but I was very sorry when it was over. In the character of Zoe Chrysaphes, Perry has created an icon. Is she a villain or just willing to do whatever it takes to save her culture and country? The behavior of the main character, Anna Zarides, may seem unbelievable at first. It is, a little. We have to remember the restrictions put on the behavior of women in 1271 anywhere, and still in some places today. I really enjoyed this book, even the slow parts. It is complicated and you need to pay attention but the book made me want to get in the car and drive, even to go to work!
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- Wadie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-23-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio