©1994 Ellis Peters; (P)2002 Chivers Audio Books
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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!
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.
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.
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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