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Heresy Audiobook

Heresy

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Publisher's Summary

Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs.

When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....

©2010 Stephanie Merritt (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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    Wendy stratford upon avon, warwickshire, United Kingdom 15/08/2013
    Wendy stratford upon avon, warwickshire, United Kingdom 15/08/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Another tudor tale"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the twist that here was a heretic investigating heretics and the character has been well-established for further stories. However, there seems to be a "template" for this sort of book if you dig under the surface and compare to C J Sansom or earlier Ellis Peters

    An enjoyable listen for the holidays


    Would you be willing to try another book from S. J. Parris? Why or why not?

    Probably, to see what how the character develops -


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Stephibobz 16/04/2016
    Stephibobz 16/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as strong a story as I'd hoped."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly. If you haven't read other books set in this period I'm sure you will love it but in my opinion I've read better.
    I have loved other books set in the Tudor period (e.g. The Shardlake series) but this book for me was weak compared to others.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think I missed the point of why the main character is who he is. If that makes sense.
    The 'point' as to why this person must narrate the story and be a part of this world didn't seem legitimate. Although he was interesting in ways, the reason why he was part of the story wasn't apparent enough for me. Other than him being a heratic, and many people in the in the story were, he seemed just be a foreigner.


    Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I certainly would as he was a good performer. Especially considering the majority of the book has to be spoken in a Spanish accent which could, but doesn't, get irritating.


    Do you think Heresy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It certain could but when the book ended I didn't really care about the characters enough to want to know more about them.


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a fantastic book if you have not read any others in this genre or time period. I have and found others to be stronger and more compelling stories.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S Price Sinclair 08/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Good enjoyable lightweight read"

    Enjoyed it as a normal run of the mill historical who done it. Bit like an Elizabethan Morse! Characters a bit shallow & stereotypical but an enjoyable yarn. Nowhere near the brilliance of CJ Sansom's Shardlake series but entertaining none the less.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MR M D DIMOND 23/02/2016
    MR M D DIMOND 23/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Hersey"

    A most interesting book,well researched and packed with information of the way of life in this period of history.Well read .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 26/10/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun enough but pedestrian"
    Any additional comments?

    This story's themes of Elizabethan England, missing books and reformation brutality are common enough, and the writing is not strong enough nor the plot different enough for it to be a real stand out. That said, it rattles along at a good pace and the reading is great, lots of clearly distinguished and appropriate accents.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 23/11/2015
    Carol 23/11/2015
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    "Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Heresy the most enjoyable?

    Imagining living of the times, the narrator was really good, with accent to relive the character


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Plot, but the old flame turning up did not do the book any favours, hope the next book drops her altogether.


    What does Laurence Kennedy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Brings to life of the times and tribulations, bought the character to life


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Same title as book


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening too, especially when eyes get tired.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 14/11/2015
    Ron 14/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "The start of a tudor series"

    Not a Shardlake (CJ Sansom), but why should this be compared to another author? It's different accept it, introducing a new series is hard, but we have a basic background to Bruno, giving hope of a good run of books (4 to date). The twist at the end was welcome and the overall standard of the book's storyline means i'll read more. The narrator was excellent, with his Italian accent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bookie UK 21/09/2015
    Bookie UK 21/09/2015
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Slow start, good ending but overall I found it difficult to engage or empathise with the characters. The story highlights the problems of being a Papist in Elizabeth's England well and for that, it was interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    With the exception of a couple of minor characters( eg the porter), there's a lack of depth to the main players. They're well sketched, but I couldn't take to Bruno in any way. Comparison to CJ Sansom? Parrish falls short by a mile.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The final scenes where the plot intricacies are drawn together worked fairly well.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed. Hoped for a great new series. This is OK, but not good enough to make me want more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Farniboy Wirral, UK 06/08/2014
    Farniboy Wirral, UK 06/08/2014 Member Since 2014

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    "Medieval Morse..."
    What did you like most about Heresy?

    I read this book after I'd read CJ Sansom's Shardlake series. I like to read books where you get the feel of a time and place in history. Heresy as this in spades. It really gets across the fear of ordinary people living in Elizabethan times. A time that saw England run as a police state. As Elizabeth and her advisers were battling enemies from within the country as well as those outside.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Giordano Bruno the protaganist is a brilliant work of fiction...I was gobsmacked to find out that he was a real person. In fact Parris has woven a great deal of fact into this novel.


    Which character – as performed by Laurence Kennedy – was your favourite?

    Giordano Bruno was read really well. Kennedy gets across the uncertainty of this Italian ex Catholic stumbling from one incident to another in medieval Oxford.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and will definitely listen to Parris's other Bruno novels.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cian 08/11/2015
    Cian 08/11/2015
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    "Shardlake it is not!"

    This is the first book I have read by S.J. Parris. I got this as it is on the same theme as the Shardlake books by C.J. Sansom, which is similar in the sense that they are murder mysteries set in medieval times. However this is (in my opinion) in a far lower league than C.J. Sansom’s offerings. Heresy is set in Elizabethan England in the 1580’s. The prologue to the novel is set ten years earlier in Naples.
    The victims are Oxford University academics who meet horrible fates. The main character is a lonely pansophist. Bruno is a free thinker in a time when free thoughts could get your head removed! He is quite obsessed with academia and has little interest in authority. Bruno is searching for a lost ancient heretical text. The violent turmoil between the religious reigns of Henry the Eight and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth are evident. I thought this was well written and interesting that kept me reading more. All characters are of interest with some historically factual like Walsingham Queen Elizabeth’s spy. The story is told in the first person from the perspective of the protagonist Bruno. Elizabethan life is accurately described as well as details of Oxford and London are detailed by the author. I think this book would appeal to an average reader who has a knowledge of Elizabethan England.
    Bruno comes to Lincoln College which is a legitimate college in Oxford. Bruno finds a little love interest while he steps in to solve the murder mysteries. Moreover Bruno soon realises that few are who they profess to be on a personal and religious level. This was middle of the road. This is the first book in the series so maybe they will improve. I do not know if I would read another book by same author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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