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The Raven in the Foregate: The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | [Ellis Peters]

The Raven in the Foregate: The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?
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After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?

Suspicion is cast upon a young man who arrived with the priest's train and was sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden. Indeed, he is soon discovered to be an impostor. To Brother Cadfael, now falls the familiar task of sorting out the complicated strands of innocence and guilt.

Investigate another case with Brother Cadfael.

©1986 Ellis Peters; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Grahame Florida, USA 11-11-12
    Grahame Florida, USA 11-11-12 Member Since 2011

    A lover of good music, good stories and intelligent non-fiction.

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    "Disappointing. Cadfael stories are usually great."
    What would have made The Raven in the Foregate better?

    The main thread of the story was a workable and potentially interesting skeleton but instead of live flesh and sinews, what was pasted onto the bones was a pallid and uninteresting filler. I got the idea that the author had run out of ideas and was trying to give the story enough words to make it into a full length novel.

    What would have made it better would have been less passages which had nothing to do with moving the story forward and a few more red herrings that Cadfael had to solve before he could get to the actual mystery.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably the next book in the Old Man's War series: The Last Colony


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Patrick Tull is an amazing narrator. Every character he does seems unique, even many of the minor ones. His Cadfael is great and so is his Berringar.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Raven in the Foregate?

    The scene where the Abbot does his sermon at the burial of the murdered priest. I could see no reason at all to include his sermon in the book. It had nothing to do with the story and was incredibly boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I have liked every Ellis Peters novel I've ever read/listened to. This is the first one that I gave up on before finishing. Don't take this review as indicative of the quality of her other books. I'm assuming she had an off year when she wrote this one.

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    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 08-30-12
    Milton Falls Church, VA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Thrilled"

    I usually enjoy listening to Cadfael mysteries over and over, but I found this formulaic and disjointed. The dialog which is usually close to poetry just plods, and the plot was predictable.
    The butter on the bun though was a mushy ending to a totally improbable story.

    The performance was dead on, just not much to work with.

    I Hesitated to write this so I listened again. It just isn't there.

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    Danielle 02-08-12
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    "Ellis and Patrick are a great pair"
    What made the experience of listening to The Raven in the Foregate the most enjoyable?

    Ellis Peters is a great writer, and Patrick Tull really brings the stories to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brother Cadfael is a wonderful protagonist.


    What about Patrick Tull???s performance did you like?

    I think his personification of Brother Cadfael is spot on, and his different voices for the different characters really helps keep the narrative sections straight.


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