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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,369 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Parris Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Giordano Bruno Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780307714305
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/3/2014

    " I listened to this book on my iPod and found it intriguing as well as disturbing. The story takes place during the 1585, mostly at Oxford University in England. During this time England was approaching one of the greatest crises in its history. Queen Elizabeth, excommunicated by the Pope for her refusal to return the Church of England to Rome was under threat from all Catholic powers. To read further check out Amazon for a review by Edward Rutherford. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 2/2/2014

    " This was not my normal type of book, but it was super engaging and I definitely want to read more in the series... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 1/20/2014

    " Plot was alright, a little disappointed at the ending...I guess I thought there would be a lot more intrigue/drama when the killer was discovered but it was all very haphazard and anticlimactic. Not a waste of time to read but it's definitely not on my re-read list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/19/2014

    " Loved this. If you like C.J. Sansom, this will work for you, too. Looking forward to the next ones. "

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

    " I don't usually pick up historical fiction,mysteries or series books, but this looked interesting--and I wasn't disappointed! I do like first novels. Giordano Bruno is on the run from the Holy Roman Inquisition, he becomes a spy and comes upon several murders. I hope he has more adventures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcie | 12/11/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenda Garrison Eimantas | 12/3/2013

    " Lost respect for this book when the subtitle read "An historical thriller". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Piercey | 10/7/2013

    " Very slow going at first, but picked up nicely for the last third of the book. I was pleasantly surprised by a few of the plot twists in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lwalling | 4/16/2012

    " A first attempt. Pretty amazing escapes from situations and an unsettling and valid question asked at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 1/29/2012

    " Giorgdano Bruno was a real historical figure and he did visit Oxford. He was excommunicated for reading Erasmus, a heresy. In solving a series of murders while at Oxford, Bruno comes to realize that heresy is not restricted to Italy and that England has its own form of religious Inquisition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 11/30/2011

    " Despite the book's length, I really liked it. It seemed to capture Elizabeth I England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 8/20/2011

    " Well written story of intrigue in the Elizabethan era "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cupoftea | 7/2/2011

    " S. J. Parris's Heresy was a good read. It was slow in the beginning but worth hanging in there. It takes place in Oxford for the most part after starting out in Italy. If you like things Elizabethan and the strange ideas about science you'll like this. "

  • 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 has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.