Investigate another case with Brother Cadfael.
©1979 Ellis Peters; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC
"Delightful...a colorful and authentic medieval background fraught with swordplay and a challenge to the death." (Publishers Weekly)
This, the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, introduces Cadfael to Hugh Beringar, who becomes a valued friend and the under-sheriff of Shrewsbury.
In the summer of 1138, the two contenders for the throne of England have brought civil war to Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. Two murders have happened, both related to Stephen's conquest of the town and the flight of Maude's chief supporters. Two young people, both important to Maude's cause, are caught in the town, in hiding from Stephen. Cadfael shelters them and plots their escape, follows the clues to the murderers, and finds Hugh Beringar first a worthy opponent and eventually a staunch friend. Along the way Hugh meets the love of his life.
Wonderful story, top-notch characterizations, and some thoughtful discussions on the nature of friendship and love. I've become convinced that Patrick Tull has a perfect voice for Cadfael, regardless of my love for Derek Jacobi from the PBS TV adaptations.
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.)
History, Sci-Fi, Fantasy nerd from St. Louis.
I'd have to break out the ole' Roget's to get enough words to describe how much I enjoyed every moment of this book and performance.
This book had stunningly good characters and a plot to match. I was transported back in time to 12th century England while Ellis Peters explored the complexities between good and evil, loyalty and betrayal in a time of civil war.
The narrator inhabited all the characters splendidly, namely Brother Cadfael. His voice was perfect in displaying the thought process of each individual in the story.
The vividness of life hundreds of years ago. Not a student of English history. Interesting for that reason.
Not that kind of story. I suppose the Cadfael mysteries are a species of cozy mystery.
Listened to the previous Cadfael novel. Tull does okay.
Again, not that kind of book.
Looking forward to reading all the Cadfael mysteries.
Cadfael stories, I have listen to for couple decades several times each.
Cadfael and Hugh Bellengar, their inter play in plots
I like to listen, so I can do mindless boring chores and have them be interesting.
The whole, from determining that there was an extra corpse through the twists and turns to finally determine who caused the extra corpse.
Too close to call. Patrick Tull brings Brother Cadfael to life.
Ellis Peters keeps you guessing till the very end.
Too many favorites to choose.
Patrick Tull is the best at bringing Brother Cadfael to life. He is the perfect voice for the character. .
The main problem I had with this, and every other audio book I've listened to, is that the narrater puts the wrong emphasis on a particular word or passage. I'm quite sure the author did not intend that emphasis in the given passage. Also, the picture on the cover of this audio book is HORRENDOUS. I would NEVER have listened to this book if the picture was all I had to go on.
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