A collection of chronicles including The Summer of the Danes, Brother Cadfael's Penance, The Heretic's Apprentice, Monk's Hood, The Potter's Field, Saint Peter's Fair.
©1980, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995 Ellis Peters (P)1996, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books
I try to practice advocacy journalism and avoid posting negative reviews but in this case i am called to speak truth to the marketplace.
These abridgements are destructive to the rhythm and substance of Peters’ historical narratives and dialog.
Jacobi’s reading is [as always] masterful — none the less--
In my view— these recordings are acceptable only as a kind of memory aid supposing you are intent on reading and studying Peters’ marvelous series.
Unabridged versions of these novels as audio books are available tho quite expensive.
Hopefully Audible will make these available to us in the future.
It's superb, one of the better sets of audiobooks I've heard, mostly because of the narrator but also because the books were abridged so the narration held a very strong pacing.
When Cadfael and his son are reunited in Brother Cadfael's Penance. So much emotion was poured into that scene; it brought tears to my eyes.
Cadfael, of course, although I also loved how he performed for the female characters, particularly the dying lady in The Potter's Field. He manages to change his voice so completely that you forget it's him.
Derek Jacobi is Brother Cadfael. No questions asked. This set of narratives warmed me and gave me the opportunity to experience just a few more precious moments with Jacobi starring as Cadfael.
I couldn't have asked for a better sound-recording. If only they'd done the entire series of books, but alas, nobody is perfect. I would have given anything for Jacobi to have narrated The Virgin in the Ice.
These are GREAT stories. I love the characters,the tales are intriguing, and it's great historical fiction.
If you like either light mystery, historical fiction, or just a good story, you should love these.
Derek Jacobi is perfect as the narrator.
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