©1977 Ellis Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC
These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)
This first mystery does a wonderful job of easing the reader into the time & place, and introducing all of the characters.
Consulting for Lifetime Fitness
A wonderful story with many twists and turns and vivid use of imagery. , great to have strong female characters rather than the traditional damsel in distress.
Say something about yourself!
I love the atmosphere of the abbey and the middle ages.
I have read many of the Brother Cadfael books, but not in order and not in the audio format. This first of the series seemed a little different with more action away from the abbey. still was good entertainment.
Yes . For me history + detective + Patrick Tull is a hands down winner . Listen to Master and Commander series you will be immersed by Tull's narrative . So period .
It's good . Saw the video already so no surprises.
I have listened to perhaps 60 books +- 10 on audible . Many have him as narrator . And yes some are better than others . But if in your minds eye it's a British/English dialect being spoken he is a wonderful choice .
If there is a sale I would buy the rest of the series.
I enjoy the easy pace of Cadfael stories, the subtle humor, and historical perspective. A great twist at the ending. Great performance as well.
A Morbid Taste for Bones is a good story. Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk, reminds me a bit of television's Lt. Columbo. He knows what he is doing, but it doesn't always show - until he solves the mystery. This book could be described as a mystery for history lovers as it takes place in the 1130s.
A man dies under suspicious circumstances and although the evidence clearly shows who murdered the man, Brother Cadfael believes something is amiss, which it is, and he proceeds to prove it.
Patrick Tull's voice and manner of speaking may not be for everyone, but I found that both seemed to fit the period of the book and were very much to my liking. He speaks with a rather old English inflection and performs the various accents (mainly Welsh) very well. I liked his performance so much that I have searched out his reading of the other Brother Cadfael books when I need another.
I typically love who-dunnits from this era - this one was, without doubt, the most boring book I've ever struggled through. I did love the narrator - the only thing that got me to the end. There was just nothing interesting about this - I figured it out almost immediately and there was just nothing there to hold interest. Skip it!
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