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3.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 5 3.19 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Parris Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giordano Bruno Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780307714329
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When fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno—philosopher, magician, and heretical scientist—arrives in London, he’s only one step ahead of the Inquisition. An undercover mission for Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection. Officially, Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe at Oxford University; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. But when his mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly deaths and the charms of a mysterious but beautiful young woman, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford’s private chambers lurks a brutal killer. . . Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 2/17/2014

    " Enjoyable enough story but certainly not the best historical whodunit I have read. Some of the characterisation could have been better and the story a bit less muddled. An ok read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skye | 2/12/2014

    " This book is ridiculous but I mean that in the best way. Fun, if you go for this kind of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conny | 1/28/2014

    " I found it a little hard to get into this book, but once I had fully committed to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was more interested in the depictions of life in Elizabethan times than in the murders. It was nice to remember some of the historical facts in this entertaining way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ram Kaushik | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent! Atmospheric, evokes the period beautifully. End is a bit contrived and anticlimactic but still a cracking good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/19/2014

    " An interesting, well-researched novel set in the emerging world of ideas and real science amidst the dangerous religious conflicts during the time of Elizabeth I. The main character, former Franciscan monk Giordano Bruno (sp)was not quite fully articulated, possibly from the limits of first person narrative and being a reactive cerebral character, but he is intriguing enough that I intend to read more of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SarahC | 1/17/2014

    " Sorry, this one lost me pretty early on with some unrealistic reactions of most of the characters to the first crime in the story and then it didn't seem to recapture me quickly after that. I may proceed with it at a future time, but I am moving on to something else now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 von Ausfern | 1/9/2014

    " there are two or three good moments in the book, but overall a disappointment. I expected too much of it :/ Because the topic and Giordano Bruno are a great one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlie | 1/1/2014

    " Pacing was rather slow, but I really did enjoy the story. Typically not my favorite time period about which to read, yet I loved learning about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Holz | 12/28/2013

    " A first class historical mystery. I look forward to reading the second in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 12/27/2013

    " This was an interesting, different read. I really enjoyed the ex-Catholic monk main character. Although the book was a bit gruesome, I'm intrigued so I just purchased the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Nelson | 12/24/2013

    " Solid historical mystery. It gives a decent feel to religous turmoil in England at that time. Worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don Johnson | 6/29/2013

    " Typical mystery, but set in Elizabethian times. Too many characters to keep track of and I, personally, would have prefered more period details. But, it was easy and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 6/13/2013

    " The story of a monk in Oxford caught my attention for a start... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2013

    " I love this style "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcie | 12/19/2012

    " Interesting story but too slow. Did not give me the urgency to turn the page. Lacked momentum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran | 9/23/2012

    " Interesting and entertaining book set in medieval England. Dealing with murder, the Inquisition, and the chilling consequences of being considered a heretic, "Heresy" leads the reader through the dealings of the Church and higher education. Very enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 LibriLust | 9/8/2012

    " Had a lot of promise, didn't deliver. Debated to finish the book or not,but I did anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 7/24/2012

    " Better than I tout it was going to be. Not too much history so that it becomes difficult to read but just enough to keep it interesting. All good sofar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barak | 5/14/2011

    " good story and characters, but something was missing--a little bland "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 5/11/2011

    " A first class historical mystery. I look forward to reading the second in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 theresa | 5/11/2011

    " Not as good as the Shardlake mysteries. Did not find the character of Giordano Bruno to be particularly convincing - he could have just been a fictional character, which might have worked better. Also, mysteries do not need love interest subplots! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/1/2011

    " a historial mystery. set in time of queen elizabeth. I liked the historial part of it and liked the main character. It was a bit slow moving. Could have used a bit more action and a few more "clues" - but overall enjoyed it and I would read the next in the series. 31/2 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 4/19/2011

    " I could not wait to get back to the book. I became frustrated at the end with yet another situation for the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 4/17/2011

    " Mystery. Takes place in Oxford. Pretty sub-par, but a good quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Journeywoman | 4/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but it started out better then it ended. I would read another in the series.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 4/6/2011

    " Completely rapt thus far. Fantastic mystery. Only Three stars because I'm just halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/5/2011

    " Page-turning historical fluff at its best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/4/2011

    " This fell between a 2 and a 3. I enjoyed the details of the period and the main character was quite interesting if rather underdeveloped. I will probably pick up the next one (if it is a series) and see if she flushes out her characters better and keeps the interesting historical details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 3/31/2011

    " This type of book always reviews better than it is. 16th Century murder mystery-sounds interesting but always seems to come up little flat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 3/28/2011

    " Loved everything about this book from start to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SarahC | 3/27/2011

    " Sorry, this one lost me pretty early on with some unrealistic reactions of most of the characters to the first crime in the story and then it didn't seem to recapture me quickly after that. I may proceed with it at a future time, but I am moving on to something else now. "

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About the Author

S.J. Parris is the pen name of Stephanie Merritt who began reviewing books for national newspapers while she was reading English literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating, she went on to become Deputy Literary Editor of the Observer in 1999. She continues to work as a feature writer and critic for the Guardian and the Observer and from 2007-2008 she curated and produced the Talks and Debates program on issues in contemporary arts and politics at London’s Soho Theatre. She has appeared as a panelist on various Radio Four shows and on BBC2’s Newsnight Review, and is a regular chair and presenter at the Hay Festival and the National Theatre. She has been a judge for the Costa Biography Award, the Orange New Writing Award, and the Perrier Comedy Award. She lives in the south of England with her son.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.