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Would you consider the audio edition of Lamentation to be better than the print version?
Crossley voices his characters effortlessly. It is a tribute that I can't imagine the Shardlake books without him as narrator.
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Where does Lamentation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is an excellent detective story set in Tudor Times. It is the sixth of a series featuring Mathew Shardlake, a hunchback lawyer and sleuth. Although this particular novel is excellent, it is not my favorite of the series (that continues to be "Sovereign"). "Lamentation" is a very rich and entertaining experience, and absolute heaven for a reader like me, who loves historical novels and murder mysteries/detectives stories almost equally. This series of novels is extremely well written. The characters are exquisitely developed; we find some famous Tudor figures such as archbishop Cramner and Catherine Parr playing parts in the intricate plot but there are many totally fictional characters that are equally or more important than the historical figures; it is the ordinary Tudor citizen that really brings to the reader the richness of the times. The novels are very well researched and as historically accurate as fictional pieces such as these can be
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot keeps you interested and the writer manages to move the story forward at a pretty good pace although the reader gets to know characters who may not necessarily be central to the plot very well and all of this contributes to making the times jump at the reader. Before you know it, you are really in the filthy streets of Tudor London talking to a street urchin or watching a nobleman and his retinue heading to court.
What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator is excellent. I believe all the Shardlake books I have heard are narrated by him. He inhabits the character so well that to me he is Shardlake.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and no. I love historical novels and like to savor those, such as this one, that immerse you in the times. I have come to care about some of these characters (there are several that accompany Shardlake through other offerings in the series) and I like to enjoy my time with them. The mystery is almost an excuse...
Any additional comments?
I strongly recommend this book and the entire series, as a matter of fact. If you are not a lover of historical fiction you may get the bug after reading one of these. Yes, we already know Henry and his matrimonial issues; we know his queens and of course, we know that Catherine Parr was the last and very well educated and we may even know that he had problems with her over religion and almost had her imprisoned but that in the end he died with her as his queen. But who cares! When Mathew Shardlake is called to court to help locate a compromising book written by the Queen (without Henry's knowledge) called "Lamentations of a Sinner" that has been stolen...we get on his horse "Genesis" with him and go there...at full gallop!
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