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The Virgin in the Ice: The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael | [Ellis Peters]

The Virgin in the Ice: The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an 18-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun...
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The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an 18-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun. But the trio, never reaching Shrewsbury, have disappeared somewhere in the wild countryside.

Cadfael feels afraid these three lost lambs, but another call for help sends him to the Church of Saint Mary. A wounded monk, found naked and bleeding by the roadside, will surely die without Cadfael's healing arts. Why this holy man has been attacked and what his fevered ravings reveal soon give Brother Cadfael a clue to the fate of the missing travelers. Now Cadfael sets out on a dangerous quest to find them. The road will lead him to a chill and terrible murder and a tale of passion gone awry. And at journey's end awaits a vision of what is best, and worst, in humankind...in Ellis Peters's most stunning depiction yet of love and war.

©1982 by Ellis Peters; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Vivian 01-06-04
    Vivian 01-06-04
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    "THE BEST"

    I have listen to a lot of Ellis Peters', Brother Cadfael books and this is my favorite so far. Reader is very good. Look forward to downloading the 2 or 3 Ellis Peters i do not have.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher somerset, Australia 07-29-11
    Christopher somerset, Australia 07-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story marred by poor reader"

    The story is up to Peters' usual standard. Unfortunately, the reader seems unable to offer a Welsh accent, and all the male characters sound the same, which caused me a lot of confusion at times. The 13 year old male character sounded like a 6 year old. Poor narration.
    Unfortunately, in Australia, we are unable to download the version with the male narrator. Pity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pixie Spritely 01-07-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent story, narrator a bit rough"

    Having listened to Ward narrate the previous books, I really can't listen to Benjamin's voices for male characters. She sounds as though she's telling a story to little children and using her "big bad wolf" gruff voice. I shall repurchase this title with the Thorne narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen Portland, Australia 08-01-13
    Maureen Portland, Australia 08-01-13
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    "Cadfael to the rescue"

    Good old Cadfael does it again - a touch of forensic observation, a dose of kindness and a plateful of tolerance for the folly of girls in love. The only down-side of this audiobook was the occasional recording or production fault that left some words out or allowed a nasty electronic signal to overlay the narrator. This detracted a little from the performance and made the product seem a little shoddy. Better 'proof-reading' by editorial staff could pick up these faults before release.

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    Rhonda Kentucky, Australia 10-25-12
    Rhonda Kentucky, Australia 10-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Why on earth did they choose this narrator?"

    Surely it would make sense to use a male narrator for a novel whose main character is a man, indeed most of its characters are men. Or at least one who doesn't sound so laboured when reading 'male voices' (her own voice when reading descriptive passages was pleasant) - they were irritating in the extreme. Maybe I am just too used to Stephen Thorne. Although Joanna Ward manages it - just.

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    Elizabeth 02-28-12
    Elizabeth 02-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Hi, I am a voracious reader with a wide range of tastes.

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    "A good story odd read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Virgin in the Ice to be better than the print version?

    I read the book before I listened to this version of it, I also watched all the BBC series so I was exposed to the story before. I think that hearing a book gives a whole new meanings and makes it a different experience if the narrator is good. Not better or worse just different.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Virgin in the Ice?

    Well the two I liked the most was the tower scene with Eve and Olivier in the tower, and at the end with Olivier and Cadfael.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I found the narrators male voices to be comical and not realistic, it was distracting. Her regular speaking voice was fine. Some people just can't do characters and this narrator is one.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good enough to get beyond the narrator who is not the worst I have listened to, but by far not the best either.

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    Christina Germantown, MD, USA 03-04-08
    Christina Germantown, MD, USA 03-04-08 Member Since 2005
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    "One Star Off"

    Benjamin does an adequate job of narrating this book; not on par with Ward, but adequate. There were a few odd pauses that sounded the way a misplaced comma might read and which threw me out of the story just a little. Also, the characters could have been better distinguished. Not so bad that I won't listen to it again.

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    "Good story, problemswith the narration."

    Fans of Cadfael will enjoy the story. The only problem is the narrator. She reads the story line well but can't pull off a "male voice" and as most of the characters are male it rather sounds a bit silly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • shirley
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    "disappointing in parts not a clear download"
    Would you try another book written by Ellis Peters or narrated by Vanessa Benjamin?

    no i don't think so these stories are best read my a man


    What did you like best about this story?

    the cadfael stories are always good


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Benjamin?

    derick jacobi


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    no reaction


    Any additional comments?

    i have always enjoyed books on tape or cd i found this one not as enjoyable as my others

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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