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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Karen Hatch | 2/10/2014

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

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