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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,781 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Sansom Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shardlake Series Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781440743979
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Readers across America are discovering C. J. Sansom’s marvelous Shardlake novels. Now, with the brilliant fourth installment in the series, Revelation is poised to bring his highly praised historical thrillers to an even wider audience.

In 1543, while Tudor England is abuzz with King Henry VIII’s wooing of Lady Catherine Parr, Matthew Shardlake is working to defend a teenage boy, a religious fanatic being held in the infamous Bedlam hospital for the insane. Then, when an old friend is murdered, Shardlake’s search for the killer leads him back not only to Bedlam but to Catherine Parr—and the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We can’t recommend this book too highly; it’s another virtuoso performance from a truly great talent.”

    Denver Post

  • “The murder mystery is enthralling, but Sansom is intent on the bigger picture. The book has the compulsive quality of a fast-moving narrative but takes the reader deep into a world where torture and death are not merely endemic but fantastically envisioned at every turn…Revelation is not merely the title of the book, nor an indication of what Shardlake finally achieves in his search to unmask a murderer. It is the apocalyptic nightmare of the Four Last Things; Hell on earth—and this is a masterly evocation.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Sansom’s evocation of 16th-century London amidst the turmoil of the Reformation is compelling…Revelation is a brisk thriller.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “With its wealth of period detail, compelling characters, and bold, fast-moving plot, this may be the most rousing Shardlake adventure so far.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In the fourth historical detective novel featuring barrister Matthew Shardlake, Sansom once again demonstrates his consummate knowledge of Tudor England’s politics and culture, and even the sounds and smells of sixteenth-century London’s streets…Like its predecessors, this installment in the series is sophisticated entertainment, with an intricately but not confusingly wrought plot.”

    Booklist

  • “Packed with fascinating historical detail and contemporary lessons. The mystery is cleverly woven, and slowly building tension will keep readers involved until the denouement.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/16/2014

    " What a great way to end the series. Almost everything seems perfect in the end. My only criticism is that, like the others in this series, parts of it were really predictable. But all in all, a great read :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Schwartz | 2/14/2014

    " The 5 books in the Abram's Daughters series were my favorite by Beverly Lewis. In a very broad sense it reminded me of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility as 5 sisters dealt with broken hearts and living according to the strict social expectations they were born into; each responding according to their own personalities . . . yet maintaining a close and loving relationship with each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/10/2014

    " I love that the series ended with a happy ending!! After so much heartbreak for Leah and Sadie they both got happily ever after endings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Hatch | 2/10/2014

    " Good ending to the five books. Probably my favorite of the five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessietaylortanner | 2/9/2014

    " With this series I kept vacillating between 3 and 4 stars. I read all 5 books, and enjoyed them all, probably each one more than the last. Overall it was interesting to read about the Amish culture, and I felt the characters grew in depth and likability as I kept reading. A good read about a simple life- though even in the simplest lives, human nature complicates each one it touches. "

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

    " Yes! This series concluded and did not disappoint me. It was well written, compelling and made me want to keep coming back for more. Well done Beverly Lewis, well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Makewell | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed this series. Beverly Lewis is a great storyteller and even though they are all Amish; each tale is quite different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 1/25/2014

    " Well, I liked every book separately. The series was way too long and somewhat dragged on. As much as I like Beverly Lewis I have to say this series was good but not fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/18/2014

    " love these "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Johnson | 1/1/2014

    " Everything I never knew about the Amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn Jones | 12/30/2013

    " This series was great. I could hardly put the books down. It was agonizing though as there was no real resolution until the very last book. Enjoyed them immensely! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 12/30/2013

    " This series was so good! I read the first book last February, and I just couldn't get it out of my head. I HAD to know how it ended! I read the last 4 books in a week. I loved everything about this series, even though it's not the type of book I normally read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emsmith | 12/28/2013

    " Finished this series, finally! It's always a little too much by the time I finish one of her series. I think this one could have been better in four rather than five books. I do think she developed the idea well of not understanding salvation in the midst of a legalistic church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/25/2013

    " I loved this series- all 5 books kept my attention and made me excited to read more from beverly! Recommend them :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Williams | 12/12/2013

    " Awesome! I have loved this entire series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirlyn | 11/27/2013

    " Total fun reading this whole series, ups and downs and betrayl, interesting events in the Amish way of live. Very strict and very rigid with no room for individuality. But still very strong and family proud people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 10/16/2013

    " Such a good series! Start at book 1. I couldn't stop until I'd read all 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kami | 7/16/2013

    " A happy ending, but disappointing too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryll | 8/6/2012

    " Abram's daughter's was her best series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Deppe | 7/23/2012

    " Loved this last book in Abrams Daughters series. This was a great, great series by Beverly Lewis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelia | 5/21/2012

    " I was really into Amish books for a while and these were really good reads "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midge | 5/16/2012

    " This is the the 5th book in a series about the Ebersols -- an old-order Amish family living in Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania. I have wholly enjoyed the series, which spans several generations, and is brimming with emotion, adventure, mystery, and family values on nearly every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 5/7/2012

    " This was the best book in this series! I finished it yesterday. I loved it because it wrapped up all the loose ends. This series was great, and it really surprised me what happened sometimes. I would think that one thing would happen, but then something totally different would happen instead! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 3/4/2012

    " This is a well written book about the Amish. This series follows a romance and the problems of families as they try to walk in their believes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/3/2012

    " This is the last book in the series. It was my favorite series I have read of Beverly Lewis so far. If you love Amish novels, check it out! Make sure you start with Book #1. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/11/2011

    " I liked this series it was just so long! She really could have fit everything into 3 books. Other than that I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/8/2011

    " This final book really "wraps things up" nicely. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shara | 2/1/2011

    " An amazing love story taken place in the pilgram days. If you love LOVE stories you will like this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 1/20/2011

    " Had to finish to make sure something good finally happened to Leah, but not sure they were worth the last 15 pages of her happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 12/29/2010

    " Fun read. Learned alot about the Amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/17/2010

    " The story kept me turning the pages and I even learned something. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 4/2/2010

    " Last in Abram's Daughters series. Very simplistic but very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 3/8/2010

    " Such a well-done series of Amish fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/27/2009

    " These books were recommended to me by a friend. I liked them. It as aptly described to me as an "Amish soap opera" and so it is. We read them for a November book club. Amish=harvest=November for me :). You can't stop at Book 1. Read to the end of 5 for the complete story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/25/2009

    " This is another Beverly Lewis series that I couldn't put down. The love story was great and it's a nice wholesome book :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/24/2009

    " I really enjoyed reading these books. Quick reads, but as I was relating the plot to my husband, I realized they are a little soap opera-ish:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/9/2009

    " I really liked this series about the Amish. They were a quick easy read and I couldn't put them down--I found the culture interesting and wanted to know what would happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/8/2009

    " Loved this series! I read the whole thing in one week. There are several plot twists, mysteries, romance, and fun details about the Amish life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/31/2008

    " my first look into amish life,fast reads, couldn't put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 10/12/2008

    " I finished the first one - it was a little slow at the start, but by the third or fourth chapter, I really got into it. "

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About the Author

C. J. Sansom earned a PhD in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.