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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Angela Dawe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Arriving in the ancient Byzantine city in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, using her skills as a physician to maneuver close to the key players involved in her brother's fate.

With her medical practice thriving, Anna crosses paths with Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship's captain conflicted not only by his mixed Venetian-Byzantine heritage but by his growing feelings for Anastasius.

Trying to clear her brother's name, Anna learns more about Justinian's life and reputation, including his peculiar ties to Bessarion's beautiful widow and his possible role in a plot to overthrow the emperor. This leaves Anna with more questions than answers, and time is running out. For an even greater threat lies on the horizon: Another Crusade to capture the Holy Land is brewing, and leaders in Rome and Venice have set their sights on Constantinople for what is sure to be a brutal invasion.

Anna's discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor's treacherous court - where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.

Richly detailed and finely wrought, The Sheen on the Silk is a bold and brilliant work that affirms Anne Perry's talent as a master storyteller.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 2/18/2014

    " I liked Anne Perry's Victorian novels set in England better than this one. This was set in Venice and Constantinople with a female physician mascarading as a eunuch. The novel was too long and politically complicated (13th century) with eastern and western divisions of the church struggling for power. The plotline was really slow, so the book was not easy to get into. Overpowering everything else was the intricacy of the political and religious atmosphere in Constantinople. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/10/2014

    " The history is interesting, but the characters in the story are not all that compelling. I'm not sure I'll finish this one. So, am marking it "read" because I'm not actively reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pooja Anjali | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book by Anne Perry as much as her previous books set in Victorain England. The book is set in 13th century Constantinople with a lot of description of life in those times. However, the pace of the book is a bit slow & the characters could have been developed a bit more. The side trips to Venice, Sicily & Jerusalem were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 2/7/2014

    " BIG book. Interesting, informative and I learned a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie Kendall | 1/30/2014

    " I really loved this book. I picked it up from the clearance section at the book store and was pleasantly suprised. It's sparked a new interst in me for Byzantium and the crusades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 1/29/2014

    " I learned the difference between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. I did not know that the Greek Orthodox do not believe in the trinity, but rather that there is one God and Jesus is his son. Anne Perry tells a wonderful story of a young female physician who disguises herself as a Eunuch to find word of her missing brother in divided Christian world of 13th century Constantinople. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Robinson | 1/19/2014

    " Not bad. Honestly, finished it too long ago to give a good review, but I enjoyed it a light read. It's set in the context of Constantinople during the time of the Crusades and taught me more than I ever knew about that period of history (not difficult due to my science geeky social ignorance). The style of the story is reminiscent of Marion Zimmer-Bradley's historical novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/15/2014

    " I haven't read Perry's more traditional novels, but really enjoyed this one. She captures the Byzantine culture beautifully. The female hero is smart, strong and feminine. The history, culture and medicine weave together to create a tale that stays with you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail | 1/15/2014

    " Another boring book that I couldn't finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie Feist | 1/15/2014

    " Very unique theme and setting. If you like historical novels, this is one for you. This author is very adult and teenage friendly. I would recommend this book for a book club or a teenager. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Jaffe | 12/2/2013

    " A whole new era for Perry. This is set in 13th century Constantinople. As in her Monk & Pitt series, "The Sheen on the Silk" is full of complex, well drawn characters & incredibly descriptive historical ambience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/27/2013

    " This book is a new Perry book and I have always loved her writing style. She easily writes characters very well. I liked it, but found it a little slow at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie | 10/21/2012

    " Not my favorite Anne Perry novel. I like historical fiction so I liked learning about the Byzantium Empire and early Christian Church but the story was slow moving and hard to keep track of some of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ma'lis Wendt | 8/18/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Perry's new novel. She writes of Byzantine culture and society in a very believable fashion with all the intrigue and traditions. This long novel is slow paced but fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 8/6/2012

    " This was a compelling story but rather unusual. I never thought I'd read a book eunuch culture was a central part of the book. Different from other Anne Perry's I've read, but still very vivid writing. Definitely feel like you are in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 11/9/2011

    " Pretty good. A little different for Anne Perry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ndshill | 10/14/2011

    " I was fascinated by the time period and the religious conflicts. She does create some horribly evil characters, but I loved the protaganist. And there was a very satisfactory ending. "

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

    " Not my favorite Anne Perry. Interesting but took too long to get to the point and then it just stops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 10/5/2011

    " An interesting historical mystery set in an uncommon time and place. I liked the characters their flaws, desires and motivations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meus Kaveny | 8/23/2011

    " It was very slow going. Couldn't keep my interest going so I didn't finish the book . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/29/2011

    " More like two and a half stars. Perry is clearly in a rush to show you that she's got the historical context down, which she does. Excpet that it's kind of at the expense of character and plot, which are strictly by-the-numbers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 6/28/2011

    " This book was not at all what I've come to expect from Anne Perry. Maybe it was the narration, which was flat, but the story seems tedious and I couldn't get interested in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 5/19/2011

    " A fascinating tale of Constantinople between 2 crusades. Anne Perry makes you feel as if you are a part of the picture. She brings in many historical facts that improve your knowledge of the time period as well as the feeling of the characters in her books. I enjoyed it very much. "

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

    " Not bad. Great setting and history, but I felt the story was a little slow. Some of it I loved; in other places, it lost my interest. Not so much due to anything wrong, just not my preference in writing style. History buffs will probably love it. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Perry

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of holiday novels, two acclaimed mystery series set in Victorian England, and a series set during World War I. She has also written several stand-alone novels and novellas, and her books have been finalists for the Agatha, Edgar, and Macavity awards. Born in London, she now lives in the Scottish highlands.

About the Narrator

Angela Dawe is an actor and improviser working with the Annoyance Theater and Second City in Chicago. Her career has encompassed stage, television, and film work, in addition to award-winning audiobook narrations, which include young adult, suspense, romance, and historical fiction titles. She is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.