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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2008 C.J. Sansom (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Fara on 09-25-09

Great entertainment!

I heard about these books after hearing an interview with the author on the BBC. I thought the books would be interesting, but didn't anticipate lying in bed until 2 am still plugged in to my iPod, because I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The story abounds with wonderful characters, excellent twists of plot and a well-researched ambiance. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire Matthew Shardlake series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 12-12-11

Absolute fan of Shardlake

Would you listen to Revelation again? Why?

Yes, If I was confined to bed I would listen to the entire series again. Why? The stories areso intriguing that the first listen is devoted to just finding out what is going to happen and to solving the various mysteries the author introduces. The next time around I would listen the delicious historical details.

What other book might you compare Revelation to and why?

Similar to Connie Willis, the author packs in both grand historical era and the details and characters that bring them to life. Both authors are fastidious researchers and take a year or more do do their research.

What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator introduces the various accents and pronunciations the undoubtedly set apart the various classes although of course we don't know what they actually sounded like.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but of course the book is far too long for that. Many a time I lingered late into the night, not wanting to

Any additional comments?

The Shardlake books make a marvelous series and the people that write about the books being boring just don't get it. It is well worth sticking through the extensive set up Sansom walks us through at the beginning of his novels, introducing or reintroducing his characters, setting up several plot lines, etc. Revelation is not the strongest in the series, a bit contrived with the all the Book of Rev. symbolism and gruesome murders. But I still loved listening to it.

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