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A Rare Benedictine | [Ellis Peters]

A Rare Benedictine

This audiobook contains three tales of intrigue and treachery that let the listener hear Cadfael at the best of his sleuthing form and chronicle the events that led Brother Cadfael into the Benedictine Order.
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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook contains three tales of intrigue and treachery that let the listener hear Cadfael at the best of his sleuthing form and chronicle the events that led Brother Cadfael into the Benedictine Order. The three tales are: "A Light on the Road to Woodstock" in which Cadfael makes his transition from soldier to cleric; "The Price of Light" in which a harsh and self-indulgent manor lord seeks divine help from the brothers of the abbey at Shrewsbury to counter the effects of a mild seizure; and "Eye Witness" in which the abbey's rent collector is found in the river nearly drowned after having been robbed, beaten, and left for dead.

©1985 Ellis Peters; (P)2002 Chivers Audio Books

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    Pam Mangilao, GU, United States 08-06-12
    Pam Mangilao, GU, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2000

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    "Cadfael's Past"

    I love all of the Brother Cadfael books and Elllis Peters is one of my favorite authors. This book of three novellas is particularly nice because it helps you understand how and why Brother Cafael became a monk so late in life.

    I think the best thing I can say about Stephen Thorne's narration is that you don't think about his narration. There are no annoying mannerisms or mispronunciations; no accents that don't quite ring true. He simply allows the story to shine which is the hallmark of a very good narrator indeed.

    These stories are the 'first' Brother Cadfael stories and a very good place to become acquainted with a marvelous character and a marvelous author.

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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 04-28-12
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Short but powerful"

    Do not be put off by the length of the read. Ellis Peters is so close to poetry as matters not . This gives the beginnings of Brother Cadfael's vocation, which is good for listen after listen. Plunge in buy and enjoy!

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    A Summerville, SC, United States 03-17-10
    A Summerville, SC, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good stories, well read"

    I enjoy the Br. Cadfael stories, and these are more of the same. Three short stories, all good with clever twists. Quality of the audio is just fine, and the reading is excellent.

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    Peggy 04-28-13
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    If you could sum up A Rare Benedictine in three words, what would they be?

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Cadfael Sorrry, can't do it in 3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rare Benedictine?

    when Cadfael leaves his sword on the altar


    Which scene was your favorite?

    enjoyed all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic series. Even though Derick Jacobi does a fine job in the tv series, the tv script is a very poor rendition of Ellis Peters plot, characters, and historical backgound of this time of Civil war in England.

    The friendship and loyalty of the characters, the sharpness of Cadfael's mind, and the wonderful narration of Steven Thorne make this series an outstanding listen.

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