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The Devil's Novice: The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | [Ellis Peters]

The Devil's Novice: The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peters and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive 19-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil's Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.
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Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peters and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive 19-year-old novice.
Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil's Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.

©1983 by Ellis Peters; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Amy Lancaster, OH, USA 12-25-03
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    "Why is a woman narrating this tale?"

    I love the Brother Cadfael series, and the story here is wonderful. The problem here is the narration. The sound quality is awfully muffled, and why did they have a woman narrate a tale about monks, for heaven's sake! 95% of the characters are men! The narrator is constantly trying to emulate the sound of men's voices (far too much) rather than just reading the story. I hope other Brother Cadfael tales are different.

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    Steven North Prairie, WI, USA 11-10-03
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    "Poor Narration Detracts from Story"

    Much of the enjoyment of listening to The Devil's Novice is compromised because of poor narration. Technically, it often sounds like the narrator has a blanket over her mouth. Artistically, she sounds like a little kid trying to sound like Daddy when she attempts to portray a male character. And why use a female voice to read a novel that is primarily a cast of Benedictine monks, anyway?

    The story, though, is pure Cadfael and well worth listening to.

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    Paul Seward, AK, USA 06-18-09
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    "An old recording"

    This recording of the story is very old fashioned. The reader is a woman, an odd selection for a story about a monastery i.e. all men, she puts on funny woman doing man voices for each character. I didn't get to the story, the reading was too distracting. Not worth the credit.

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    "The Devil's Novice"

    The prospect of listening to another of this series was eagerly anticipated. However after enjoying the previous books narrated by a differnt reader I found this a dissapointment the narator was unable to convey for me the period, tension and excitement that makes these book come alive
    I will be more careful in future when selecting narators

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    Bought all available Cadfaels for a long journey, as they are reliably entertaining, but found the ones by this narrator unlistenable. She emphasises and pronounces crazily...eg. she says it "sonORous"... and gives all male characters ridiculous Winnie the Pooh voices... I had to return all three by her...

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