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Brother Cadfael's Penance | [Ellis Peters]

Brother Cadfael's Penance

Brother Cadfael searches for his own endangered son, and in so doing, forsakes his order and boldly defies his abbot. What he finds challenges his soul. It is autumn 1145, and the battle rages between Empress Maud and her cousin Stephen for the throne of England. One who previously had been among Empress Maud's greatest champions, Sir Philip FitzRobert, has turned coat and imprisoned thirty knights and squires who stayed loyal to the empress.
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Brother Cadfael searches for his own endangered son, and in so doing, forsakes his order and boldly defies his abbot. What he finds challenges his soul. It is autumn 1145, and the battle rages between Empress Maud and her cousin Stephen for the throne of England. One who previously had been among Empress Maud's greatest champions, Sir Philip FitzRobert, has turned coat and imprisoned thirty knights and squires who stayed loyal to the empress. One still held is Olivier de Bretagne, who is not aware that he is the son of Brother Cadfael. Word reaches Cadfael that Olivier's life is in peril. Brother Cadfael decides to leave the monastery without his abbot's permission; he must break his monastic vows in order to try to save his son's life. Cadfael must find his son before it is too late.

©1994 Ellis Peters; (P)2002 Chivers Audio Books

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-18-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Long Live Cadfael"

    This series has long been one of my favorites, and the Audible productions do not disappoint. I especially appreciate the books where Cadfael's son appears, and this is one of them.
    Those of us who have seen Derek Jacobi in the role on TV can be excused, I think, for wishing he were the narrator, but Stephen Thorne does a good job.
    Don't start with this one - enjoy the whole series in order. It's a fascinating glimpse of a little-known period in English history, and the characters - those ongoing or specific to only one book - are beautifully written. A very memorable set of mysteries!

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    "Beautiful end to the Cadfael series."
    Have you listened to any of Stephen Thorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Thorne is my chosen reader for the Cadfael books. I would probably prefer Derek Jacobi, but he only does abridged readings. And really, Thorne gives an excellent performance, nuanced and intelligent. He gives the listener an excellent sense of each character as an individual. He does justice to Peters' lovely prose.


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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 12-18-09
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 12-18-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Satisfying"

    Another excellent title in the Brother Cadfael series.

    The book offers insight into Brother Cadfael's character, and his vocation. The plot is easy to follow. I had a little trouble keeping the characters straight at first, but that ended quickly enough.

    Excellent narration too. Good pacing, skilled use of voices for different characters.

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Cynthia in SoCal Laguna Hills, CA, United States 05-28-12
    Cynthia in SoCal Laguna Hills, CA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Best of the Series"

    This was definitely the best of all the Brother Cadfael books. I kept looking forward to driving to and from work so I could listen and find out what happened. Brother Cadfael goes off to find his son who is held by Phillip, Robert of Gloucester's son. He manages to secure his release along with that of Yves, his son's brother in law, and befriends Philllip at the same time. This is one of the few books of this series that does not have a pair of star crossed lovers who come together in the end. There is a murder in the story, but it is secondary to the main plot. All in all, a fascinating story, much too short. Stephen Thorne is an excellent narrator, giving just the right amount of individuality to each character.

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