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  • Heresy

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

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....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good enjoyable lightweight read

  • By S Price Sinclair on 08-02-15

Not just another Tudor tale.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-16

What did you like most about Heresy?

I read, or have books read to me, for entertainment as I go about my solitary work; I am no scholar of history. These stories are very entertaining. Beneath the doings of the great and the, perhaps, not so good, of the Tudor era, there are other layers of life and ordinary beings. The author brings to her writing a strong whiff of the streets and stews, ordinary households and ordinary folk of the period , while also remaining intimately involved with the life of Court and politics. As well as locating us in the times, meeting Walsingham, Sydney and Dr Dee decorates the narrative with the larger than life, exotic characters that normally populate Tudor historical fiction - and fact. She fashions a bridge between the great and the grit and grunge of life then. Actually, quite a short space, as it turns out. One can feel the discomfort of a sopping wet travelling cloak and set it against a cup of warm, spiced wine before a decent fire in a candle-lit chamber: fetid hovels and marble halls, raddled doxies and fine ladies. And then there's the intrigue and action.

What other book might you compare Heresy to, and why?

PF Chisolm's Sir Robert Carey series. Featuring a Courtier and an ordinary man - with a regional accent - solving mysteries in Tudor England. Similar but different. And, of course, CJ Sansom's Shardlake chronicles, featuring a lawyer and an ordinary man - with a regional accent - who solves mysteries in Tudor England. Different but similar.

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

No, this is the first series I've heard. The narrator's performance is not good. No, it's MASTERFUL. This is among the best I have encountered. Laurence Kennedy has a gift: he can move seamlessly between Bruno's Italian lilt and Drake's officer-class crisp authority with a dexterity and surefootedness that would be difficult to equal. Subtleties of regional speech are pitch-perfect. And all delivered with a finely judged feel for the drama. The only minute quibble - if there has to be one - is his tendency to render the word as " mischievious". I said it was a small quibble...

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

Adventures of a Tudor Poirot.

Any additional comments?

I love it - did you get that?

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