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Heartstone Audiobook

Heartstone: Shardlake, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

Shardlake goes to war...

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. There, Shardlake also intends to investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettiplace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. Once in Portsmouth, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing for war.

The mysteries surrounding the Hobbey family and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne. Soon events will converge on board one of the king's great warships gathered in Portsmouth harbour, waiting to sail out and confront the approaching French fleet. . .

©2010 C. J. Sansom (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    Mrs 01/12/2015
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    "A Dark and Enthralling blend of fact and fiction"
    What did you like most about Heartstone?

    This is another of the Shardlake tales with its mixture of fiction set against a background of actual events that are blended seamlessly and engagingly.
    This installment in the saga deals with gender issues and one of the great tragedies of British naval history: the loss of the Mary Rose. The account of the final hours of the vessel are harrowing and the reader feels there with Shardlake aboard the doomed vessel and her crew.Several narrative threads are brought together by the end of the novel and the story of Ellen, the woman confined in Bedlam is resolved.
    While there is happiness for some characters there is deep tragedy for others and Matthew Shardlake finds himself confronting the seemingly invulnerable Richard Rich yet again.
    The characters are fully rounded and the pace never falters. Highly recommended to lovers of fine fiction.


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

    Steven Crossley's narration is excellent as he captures the male characters superbly, however, his attempts with the female characters are less successful, but perhaps it is setting expectations too high.


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

    The book kept me enthralled from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear the next installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miss Stroud, United Kingdom 19/09/2017
    miss Stroud, United Kingdom 19/09/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Nailed it again"

    I honestly can't think of a criticism for this installment. The main character has evolved with age and this is shown continuously throughout the Shardlake series.
    The books keep you guessing and gripped and even when you think you know the answer it throws in another surprise. As always a fantastic historical believable fiction

    Roll on the next book ❤️

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    KPMG 21/06/2017
    KPMG 21/06/2017
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    "Enjoyable But Laboured At Times"

    As a massive Shardlake fan I found this book to be the poorest to date. There is too much repetition, especially when describing the ships, countryside etc. Some chapters are, quite simply, irrelevant, seemingly added as an after thought which became irritating. Also, it has the weakest storylines to date

    I do not believe there is another narrator as good as Steven Crossley. The Crossley/Sansom combination is absolute perfection.

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    brummiedude 02/06/2017
    brummiedude 02/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Another page turner"

    Another exciting outing for Shardlake and Barack. Several strands thread though the book all neatly tied up into devious endings. Very evocative and totally believable descriptions of the times- obviously very well researched. Beautifully read.

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    Summerdaze East Yorks 27/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastico"

    loved it can't wait to download the next one very accurate historically and brings Tudor England to life

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    Julie 23/04/2017
    Julie 23/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Emersive"

    emersive story start to finish. really enjoyed the reading and pace. 2nd book of series on audible found to be as good as the actual reading

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    John Charles 28/03/2017
    John Charles 28/03/2017
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    "A GREAT READ"

    Enjoyed the story along with the characters and historic background. First class and most informative.

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    CT 23/03/2017
    CT 23/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good"

    Knowing the Hampshire area well it made the story very interesting.
    I really enjoyed the story.

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    lesley meader 25/02/2017
    lesley meader 25/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Gods breath they were brave."

    I've listened to the whole series of books end to end.
    I would like to know more about what happened to Barack and Tamsin.
    I'm glad Matthew will work forever for what is right!
    It's good to know.

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    "Excellent"

    I like the way c j sansom describes the surroundings of the Tudor era...making u feel what it was like to live in those times.
    Well deserves 5 stars.

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