Revelation : Matthew Shardlake

  • by C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • Series: Matthew Shardlake
  • 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fourth novel in the Shardlake series. Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. 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 who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, before his terrifying religious mania leads to him being burned as a heretic.
When an old friend is horrifically murdered Shardlake vows to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to Cranmer and Catherine Parr - and to 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, investigate a series of horrific murders which are already bringing frenzied talk of witchcraft and demonic possession - for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer . . .?

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Simmering darkness

Having listened consecutively now from Dissolution this book took me by surprise.

First the negatives: better editing would have cut about 2hrs worth of listening at least and the story would have been better for it. There are numerous ramblings that add naught. I found there were far more repetitive phrases that did get a tad irksome. The subtext of Baraks marriage problems and this not being explored fully would not be missed within the larger plot, it just seemed like a superfluous addition.

The positives: Narration for me once again was excellent the 'voices' of the main characters have remained consistent and this is no mean feat.

This book is dark, full of foreboding and is really quite grim, with much less hopefulness. Usually there is much made of the political skullduggery this was less evident and was refreshing. Revolving moreover around religious fervour of the time and it's effects on individuals and society in general.

Another positive was the reduction in swearing (which was liberally applied in Sovereign and which did not add but rather detracted from the whole. )

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- eatough1999 "eatough1999"

Superb Series

Superb as always. Fantastic stories and excellently read. Can't wait to hear the next one.
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- Mrs Sue L Mead

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2014
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.