Matthew Shardlake
Books in series6
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(4.5 based on 2238 ratings)
  • 1
    Dissolution: Shardlake, Book 1 | C. J. Sansom

    Dissolution: Shardlake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (472)

    It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

    Time Travellers Beware.....

    This novel is so well written that you are immediately sucked into the turbulent world of Tudor England and the dissolution of the monasteries. Prior ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 December 2014 by Hannah (Manchester)
  • 2
    Dark Fire: Shardlake, Book 2 | C. J. Sansom

    Dark Fire: Shardlake, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .

    Engrossing

    Following on from listening to Dissolution I was keen to listen to book 2.

    I enjoyed this more than the first, it was 'darker' in places whic..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 December 2014 by eatough1999 (Northumberland, UK)
  • 3
    Sovereign: Shardlake, Book 3 | C. J. Sansom

    Sovereign: Shardlake, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation.

    More meandering story than the first two

    Enjoyable but the story is the setting rather than the mystery for me on this one. It lacks the bite of his first two in the series, which seemed to h..Show More »

    Reviewed on 07 January 2015 by Sophie C Butcher ()
  • 4
    Revelation: Shardlake, Book 4 | C. J. Sansom

    Revelation: Shardlake, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (222)

    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.

    Superb Series

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

    Reviewed on 06 December 2015 by Mrs Sue L Mead ()
  • 5
    Heartstone: Shardlake, Book 5 | C. J. Sansom

    Heartstone: Shardlake, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
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    Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel . . .Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of 'monstrous wrongs' committed against his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth.

    Best yet

    A really enjoyable book, to my mind the best in the series to date. Very well narrated.

    Reviewed on 05 November 2016 by D ()
  • 6
    Lamentation: Shardlake, Book 6 | C. J. Sansom

    Lamentation: Shardlake, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (546)

    Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

    Good story - Shame about the reader

    Probably not. For me, Steven Crossley just does't get the tone right for the story right and and has massacred the voices of Barrak and Guy Morton. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 October 2014 by Lesley ()