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A Morbid Taste for Bones | [Ellis Peters]

A Morbid Taste for Bones

Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.
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Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

©1977 Ellis Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Zenjen Charlton, MA United States 04-15-10
    Zenjen Charlton, MA United States 04-15-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."

    I think this is the pleasantest book I've read in a while - the main and supporting characters are very nice, not hard, cynical or vicious as they frequently are in mysteries. I smiled all the way through and enjoyed the story and the historical aspects thoroughly. Very low-tech by way of forensics - much more about thoughtful, deductive reasoning. The narrator is quite engaging!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia San Clemente, CA, USA 03-23-10
    Cynthia San Clemente, CA, USA 03-23-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator and story are great fun"

    This is my first Brother Cadfael audiobook and the narrator brought all the drama and characters to life. Enjoyed it all!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 02-23-10
    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 02-23-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Love the new narrator"

    This is one of my favorite Brother Cadfael stories, and the new narrator, Patrick Tull, does a very good job of bringing the characters to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Thackrey Falls Church, VA, US 05-07-12
    Keith Thackrey Falls Church, VA, US 05-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Best of Brother Cadfael"
    Where does A Morbid Taste for Bones rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best. Patrick Tull is perfect for Brother Cadfael. Ellis Peters and Brother Cadfael are classics, and this is the best of the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Morbid Taste for Bones?

    Without giving away the ending, the ending shows Ellis Peter's humor at its peak. She has a subtle humor, that satirizes many aspects of Medieval life at once.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Other Brother Cadfael books. Patrick Tull captures the aging contemplative, who still keeps one foot in the outside world, perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How do you solve a murder, and make everyone happy at once?


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a well written Medieval mystery series, this is the place to start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    03-14-12
    03-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Listen, Funny, Super Plot!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The first in a long series of historic mysteries that keep you want to experience the adventures of this stout old monk. The narrator makes you see the different characters easily. The different people in the story are well developed and become real and complex. The author is in this story especially able to let the listener step back and look at the happenings with a human and wistful view. One of my most favorite listens ever.


    What other book might you compare A Morbid Taste for Bones to and why?

    To Say Nothing To Say About The Dog. by Connie Willis. This book is much slower in pace, but has also great writing and fun.


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tull makes Catfael rounder and sturdier and more humorous and human, more forgiving.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Any suggestions for books like that?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan The Woodlands, Texas USA 05-22-11
    Susan The Woodlands, Texas USA 05-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Brother Cadfael Mysteries..."

    This is a wonderful mystery in a historical setting beautifully read. The characters and setting are well developed with a level of detail that lets you really get to know them and "see" them, too. Patrick Tull's voice telling the story is perfect-you will quickly be immersed in Brother Cadfael's world.

    A terrific book that is also a wonderful audio book. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 09-27-10
    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 09-27-10 Member Since 2008

    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

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    "Excellent in every way."

    I must say this audiobook was absolutely wonderful. Hated to stop it and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. A great start to Ellis Peter's mysteries.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri United States 11-26-12
    Jerri United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun start to a great series"

    This is the first entry in the Brother Cadfael series. It introduces most of the continuing cast of characters and is a delight in and of itself. Brother Cadfael, "retired" crusader turned monk and sometime detective is an enjoyable creation by Ellis Peters, and his adventures as a Benedictine Monk in both England and Wales have long be favorites with me.

    In this book Brother Cadfael is part of a group traveling into Wales to hunt for the body of long dead Saint Winifred to return to his abby to inspire pilgrims to visit. The Welsh villagers aren't eager to loose their saint, murder takes place, and it is up to Brother Cadfael to find a solution that will bring a measure of justice, mercy, fairness and satisfaction to as many people as possible.

    Patrick Tull does a good job of bringing Brother Cadfael and his friends to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Gorham, ME, United States 04-15-12
    Tanya Gorham, ME, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
    Any additional comments?

    Witty and charming, yet a real "page turner"! Patrick Tull is in a league of his own as a narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Mounds View, MN, United States 12-13-11
    Lee Mounds View, MN, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2011

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    "a must for Brother Cadfael fans"
    What made the experience of listening to A Morbid Taste for Bones the most enjoyable?

    Patrick Tull's reading of the unabridged version of Ellis Peter's (Edith Pargeter) A Morbid Taste for Bones is lovely to listen to. The pacing is relaxed, feels unhurried, and keeps the spirit of Brother Cadfael. The


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Morbid Taste for Bones?

    Brother Columbanus's


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for those who like historical fiction/mystery and for those who are already Brother Cadfael fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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