• Revelation

  • Shardlake, Book 4
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Revelation

By: C. J. Sansom
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
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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 . . .?

©2008 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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  • Nevermore67
  • 03-23-15

Story lost its way

I love Sansom's Shardlake series so far, but this instalment seemed to lose its way a little and I felt my attention wandering - whereas others have focused greatly on the history of the times, I found Revelation turned in to more of a whodunnit, with the characters chasing after the bad guy and continually being thwarted. It hasn't put me off though and I am looking forward to the next novel.

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  • A. Arthur
  • 10-01-15

Fascinating!

A serial killer in a Tudor environment without the modern profiling and associated technology? This is creativity at its best. Reminded me of a recent film. However, the introduction of the seven vials from Revelation was a stroke of genius!.

The way in which the differing theological and reformist views was handled showed a real grasp of the issues involved. I particularly enjoyed the cameos of the movers and shakers of the reformist tradition as they were woven into the story. It gave a real foundation to the elements of political dogma and politicking of the time.

This has been the one Sansom volume I was unable to put down! I would certainly listen to it again, for I think there are many nuances which I have not picked up in a first encounter.

Hreartily recommended!

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  • Jacqueline W.
  • 10-03-15

Just love this series!

C. J. Sansom's story lines keep the suspense going. I have read all the books so far in this series. I love the main characters who are warm and likeable, Barak adds colour and humour even in the most dire situations. I can't wait to get into the next book. Highly recommended!

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  • Helen Stewart
  • 03-01-15

Brilliance

To write about a period in history that has been 'over written' without making the reader feel like they have heard it all before is a real achievement. It was so refreshing to visualise thus era with a complete and utter joy and an act of sheer brilliance!

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  • eatough1999
  • 12-22-14

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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  • Loraine
  • 11-23-15

Another excellent murder mystery

A rather gruesome but well thought out story, full of local knowledge coupled with a fascinating account of the history of the day - I could not put it down.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-25-15

I'm hooked so another 5 stars

Well spun plot, in which we learn more of the back story of our main characters and that Tudor mental health problem were treated as humanely as we do today (not very well)

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 05-08-15

Excellent!

In this we delve a little deeper into both Baraks and Shardlakes characters and emotions. The story is, as usual, utterly fascinating and gripping! Bring on Heartstone.

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  • David
  • 11-27-19

Gripping & Page Turnibg

This is the fourth instalment of the Shardlake series and the darkest this one Shardlake and Barrack are pitted against a gruesome serial killer intent on bringing to life the prophecies of Revelation through a series of Biblical-inspired killings.

The descriptions of Tudor London give a real picture of life you can almost smell the streets

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  • Mrs Sue L Mead
  • 12-06-15

Superb Series

Superb as always. Fantastic stories and excellently read. Can't wait to hear the next one.

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