• by C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by Anton Lesser
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Crime Thriller of the Year, 2009. 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.
Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy, a religious maniac who has been placed by the King's council in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. Should he be released as his parents want, when his terrifying actions could lead to him being burned as a heretic?
When an old friend is horrifically murdered, Shardlake promises his widow, for whom he has long had complicated feelings, to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to connections not only with the boy in Bedlam but with Cranmer and Catherine Parr - and with the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.
As London's Bishop Bonner prepares a purge of Protestants, Shardlake, together with his assistant, Jack Barak, and his friend, Guy Malton, follow the trail of a series of horrific murders that shake them to the core, and which are already bringing frenzied talk of witchcraft and a demonic possession. For what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer?


What the Critics Say

"Gripping, colourful and beautifully brought to life by Anton Lesser." ( Daily Express)
"The perfect blend of history and mystery. Sansom¿s novels make for compulsive listening. At over seven hours, this is the ideal companion for a long haul flight."( Independent)
"Anton Lesser gets into the swing of dialogue that mixes detective-fiction idiom and olde English not quite 'Make my day, churl', but close." ( The Sunday Times)
"Sansom's deeply resonant novel depicts Tudor London as a benighted city overrun by fundamentalist fanatics, heretic-burners and the madness of crowds, while his narrative's tingling intrigues will have you hooked from first page to last." ( The Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Very good story, excellently read

I've read, and enjoyed, the earlier books in CJ Samson's series of detective novels featuring the lawyer and ex-monk Shardlake set in the turbulent time of Henry VIII. I'm glad to say that this latest book in the same series works well as an audio book, not least because of the excellent reading by Anton Lessor. It's an intriguing story using the seven prophecies in the book of revelation as a template for a series of extraordinary murders. If you know and like David Hewson's Rome series of modern detective novels you'll likely enjoy Revelation and see the parallels between it and Book One in the Rome series.
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- Kirstine

Revelation by CJ Samson

The continuing tale of Matthew Shardlake (4th book). The story gives a picture of life in the 16th C at the time of Henry VIII as well as the adventures of Shardlake and his friends. A thrilling story and well told by Anton Lesser, very enjoyable.
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- Rogayah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2008
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.