©1985 Ellis Peters; (P)2002 Chivers Audio Books
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.
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!
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.
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 collection of 3 short stories is a treat, giving us the story of how Cadfael came to join the Benedictine monks as well as 2 more tales.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Cadfael Sorrry, can't do it in 3
when Cadfael leaves his sword on the altar
enjoyed all of them
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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