This, the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, introduces Cadfael to Hugh Beringar, who becomes a valued friend and the under-sheriff of Shrewsbury.
In the summer of 1138, the two contenders for the throne of England have brought civil war to Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. Two murders have happened, both related to Stephen's conquest of the town and the flight of Maude's chief supporters. Two young people, both important to Maude's cause, are caught in the town, in hiding from Stephen. Cadfael shelters them and plots their escape, follows the clues to the murderers, and finds Hugh Beringar first a worthy opponent and eventually a staunch friend. Along the way Hugh meets the love of his life.
Wonderful story, top-notch characterizations, and some thoughtful discussions on the nature of friendship and love. I've become convinced that Patrick Tull has a perfect voice for Cadfael, regardless of my love for Derek Jacobi from the PBS TV adaptations.
Grover Gardner's reading brings a lot of nuances to the story. I've recently read a few more of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, and I have to say that the first 2/3 of the Alliance story (up till Tej's family arriving on Barrayar) is very much like a Regency romance. After that, it's a high-stakes caper all the way. Delightful.
And to top it off, it won the 2014 Audie Award in the Sci-Fi category.
This is a stronger story than the second half/sequel, Big Jack. Susan Ericksen is such a good narrator.
This is a 3.5 star tale; a few points off for the voice that was used for Megan, just something about it that wasn't right imho. Well-done, of course, Martin Jarvis is a really good narrator, and a good voice for this post-WWII story, with very little of Miss Marple in it.
Wow. This is almost as amazing as *Treasure Island*. Patrick Tull was a wonderful narrator (I have all his Brother Cadfael audios), and he's just right for this book, which is written as a retrospective of the great adventure, as if it were a tale told by the fireside, and in this context the mouth noises, as of an old gent were pausing to swallow or whatever, work.
I've been a huge fan of the Fuzzy books by H Beam Piper since the 1980s, and have read and re-read all of the books (his and others' work) several times. I was not sure about this re-imagining, though I generally like Scalzi's work, and it took me a while to finish listening. The courtroom appearance of 'Papa Fuzzy' is amazing, and Wil Wheaton really does it well. I promptly zipped over to Amazon and bought the ebook to read the story all over again.
This is my first Montalbano book, after many recommendations from friends. I'm a huge fan of Grover Gardner's narration, so, while the dialog seems a bit silly and overly dramatic in places, the voice is excellent. The rhythm and style of the dialog are unlike most English-language mysteries, which I have to think is due to the book having been written in Italian and then translated.
The attitudes toward Ingrid's rape by her F-i-l are shocking, but at least Montalbano has an effective solution. And Montalbano isn't fighting active obstruction by his superior officers, as Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti has to do in that series.
I can't give this 4 stars, but it is 3+; I think I'll listen further.
The narrator is OK, but I didn't think there was enough differentiation between Martha's voice and that of the Doctor. Interesting interaction between the Doctor and Robot Twelve, possibly better than Martha's role in this story.
Interesting premise, and a different take on the Sontarans, somewhat better than most, in fact. Loved the kids - very bright, and the Doctor actually acknowledged their help with things he didn't know. How often does that happen?
Didn't greatly like the narrator, though he did a good job; just didn't find that his voice/phrasing, etc for the Doctor was as good as it could have been. But part of that is just his voice. He gets 3 stars, the story 3+. (from my Goodreads review)
Bog-standard Doctor Who Three and Sara Jane adventure, this time with dinosaurs, being used by a bunch of crack-pots who want to take Earth back in time. Well read by Martin Jarvis.
Really, it's amazing how well this holds up from 40 years ago (pub 1971 or so). Set in 1963, it's a straight-forward narrative, the step-by-step tale of how the Jackal planned the assassination of Charles de Gaulle and how he was stopped by a police officer who just wouldn't give up and who checked everything. Very good story for knitting.
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