©1982 Ellis Peters; (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC
"A splendid combination of romance, mystery, medieval swashbuckling." (Publishers Weekly)
This is my 2nd favorite Cadfael novel. The book introduces Cadfael's son, one of my favorite characters in the entire series. BTW First favorite is Brother Cadfael's Penance in which also includes Cadfael's son.
Olivier, Cadfael's son who manages to get into what amounted to enemy territory and get back out without getting caught and still do what he was sent there for.
Tull's voice fits the book and it's characters but he has a tendency to get a bit carried away. I have listened to Derek Jacobi's versions of the Cadfael books. He played Cadfael in the British TV series based on the books. He does a better job IMHO by keeping the needed interest without going off the deep end the way Tull has a habit of doing, more so in this book than he did in the other Cadfael book I have of his, "One Corpse Too Many"
I have done so twice now and have also listened to it in parts during my working hours.
I like Tull's performance but I would like to see the unabridged versions by Derek Jacobi available as well. If they were available, I'd buy the lot!
Patrick Tull, may he rest in peace, gave seamless performances, and this is one of them. The story is classic Ellis Peters - a well-crafted mystery set in a slower time. Cadfael's forensics were as scientific as the times allowed, but just as much about heart and his understanding of human nature. These are characters I care about, who interest me. I'll keep listening.
The story is wonderful-- Peters' prose mesmerizes. But Tull over-acts. It's hard to get lost in the story with his overly dramatic delivery at the wrong places. And he differentiates the characters insufficiently. I miss Stephen Thorne; he was pitch-perfect.
This story was wonderful and Eve was such a likable, innocent character that I just couldn't stop listening. I loved the twist at the end and even hoped for it throughout the book as the plot carried on and gave me information. I am very happy with theirs novel and look forward to seeing these characters again. .
Life-long reader, 10 years listening
This is another great reading by Patrick Tull, but honestly I want to shake the boy Yves and particularly his sister until their brains kick in, and they sit down and stay in one place. So I guess it amounts to deducting a star (from 4) for the tedious part of the plot.
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