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Dark Fire

Shardlake, Book 2
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (890 ratings)
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Summary

The second Shardlake novel in C. J. Sansom's remarkable historical crime series.

It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th 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 . . .

The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother brutally murdered - the formula has disappeared. Now Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client's innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems . . .

©2004 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Excellent Story

I have dementia which means it’s hard to follow a story.

This was well written but more importantly well read. It’s the reading that helps me to engage and understand.

Thank I love Matthew Shardlake and look forward to listening to the next book.

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Even Better Than The Last!

What did you like most about Dark Fire?

I enjoyed getting together with characters who were already old friends and...enemies! I also enjoyed meeting new ones! These books go at exactly the right pace and so feel comfortable, yet certainly not dull!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matthew Shardlake is definitely my favourite character.

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

I listened to the first book which was excellent. Try listening to them in order.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, worried and loved.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy listening to such well written & well read novels. I wish I had longer in the day when I am listening to one of these.

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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 which added to the suspense..We were introduced to Barack a rather shady character who on the surface is rather unpleasant but his character was revealed during the course of the story.

The storyline is full of plotting, scheming and even Shardlake has his manipulative side which adds authenticity to his character.

The narration was again well done and it is pleasing to have the same voice in a series; you relate better to the characters I always think when there is consistency.

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Great story. Brilliantly narrated.

I really enjoyed this audio book. The characters were believable and the story well put together. I learnt some history along the way as well.

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Dark Fire

Great story, well told. History and fiction mixed in an exciting and realistic way. Perfect narrator.


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Compelling read

I really enjoyed this book. It entertained me for many an hour on my long commute. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Another Excellent Story

Dark Fire is a Historical novel.. It is Sansom's second novel, released in 2004, and also the second in the Matthew Shardlake Series. Set in the 16th century during the reign of TudorKing Henry VIII, it follows hunchbacked lawyer Shardlake's search to recover the long-lost formula for Greek fire.

The reading from Steven Crossley again was outstanding, each character's voice well defined and brought to life.

Alreading downloading Sovereign

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Brilliant

I am really enjoying this series of books.
the story and historic aspect mould and flow. I loved the narrators voice and the variatoon of voices with character's.

Must go got the next book to enjoy.

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Shardlake at his worrisome best

Another fabulously plotted narrative that gives full consideration to the personalities and feelings of the characters involved whilst not slowing down the drive of the plot.

The one issue is still with the narrator’s range. At the bottom of his range the ends of sentences become inaudible (surely an offence on Audible...) Granted, he has improved significantly since the first of these novels but if you’re listening in the car you may miss some plot points in early chapters.

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I couldnt pull my self away

I loved this book! the way its narrated is fantastic and draws you into the story.