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Brother Cadfael
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  • 1

    A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (260)
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    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

    Zenjen says: "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."
    Very pleasant if not much of a mystery.

    I think this is the pleasantest book I've read in a while - the main and supporting characters are very nice, not hard, cynical or vicious as they fre..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 15 2010 by Zenjen (Charlton, MA United States)
  • 2

    One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress.

    CatBookMom says: "A Must-Listen!"
    A Must-Listen!

    This, the second of the Brother Cadfael mysteries, introduces Cadfael to Hugh Beringar, who becomes a valued friend and the under-sheriff of Shrewsbur..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 08 2010 by CatBookMom (Los Angeles area, CA, USA)
  • 3

    Monk's Hood: The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    When a fatal draught of Monk's Hood turns up in the dinner plate of a guest at the Shrewsbury abbey, fingers point at half a dozen likely suspects, including an abashed and bewildered Cadfael.

    Carol says: "The Series Hits Its Stride"
    The Series Hits Its Stride

    The early books (at least chronicles 1-5) in the Brother Cadfael series are a must for anyone who enjoys historical murder mysteries. Indeed, Ellis Pe..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 18 2010 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 4

    St. Peter's Fair: The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    King Stephen's bloody siege against the town of Shrewsbury has reduced many of its stores and homes to rubble. The townspeople, busy preparing for the annual St. Peter's Fair, complain that the Shrewsbury monks have not shouldered their fair share of the burden. Cadfael, hoping to assuage flaring tempers, is drawn into a worse kind of violence on the eve of the festival.

    Hedi says: "A perfect listen - outstanding narration"
    A perfect listen - outstanding narration

    Patrick Tull (god rest his soul) could perform the encyclopedia and make it entertaining. His rumbling voice, grasp of dialect, and acting skills are..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 30 2012 by Hedi (Alameda, CA, United States)
  • 5

    The Leper of St. Giles: The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. As he arrives at Saint Giles, the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather....

    E.D. says: "Exciting and deeply moving"
    Exciting and deeply moving

    I will listen again, but not for a while. This is not a an upbeat story, it's an excellent story, but parts of it are very sad. I don't put myself thr..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 03 2012 by E.D. (California)
  • 6

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Civil war continues to blaze in the autumn of 1139. Amid the uncertainty and peril of the moment two noble children make their escape, headed for Shrewsbury. But for reasons no one knows, the young fugitives never reach their destination.

    Hedi says: "Good Story, Great Narrator"
    Good Story, Great Narrator

    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 s..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 11 2012 by Hedi (Alameda, CA, United States)
  • 7

    The Sanctuary Sparrow: The Seventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    In the middle of the abbey's evening services, an angry mob pursues a young boy into the sacred peace of the sanctuary. Terrified and in tatters, he clutches at the altar-cloth, grasping for mercy in the only sure place he might find it. He is accused of robbery and murder, but Cadfael senses his innocence and sets out to prove it.

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  • 8

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    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?

    Grahame says: "Disappointing. Cadfael stories are usually great."
    Disappointing. Cadfael stories are usually great.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 11 2012 by Grahame (Florida, USA)
  • 9

    The Rose Rent: The Thirteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    A late spring in 1142 has the Abbey monks dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. For three years, the wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single rose each year. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.

    Milton says: "Ellis Peters in top form"
    Ellis Peters in top form

    This is a repeater. The narrator put me off at first, but she did a first rate job. Sister Magdalen is back with another of her spectacular rescues an..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 30 2012 by Milton (Falls Church, VA, United States)
  • 10

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest: The Cadfael Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Shortly after he inherits the powerful position of Lord of Eaton, 10-year-old Richard Ludel disappears from Shrewsbury Abbey, where he had been a student. Did he run away or was he kidnapped? Brother Cadfael suspects the hermit of Eyton Forest, a mysterious man rumored to have holy powers, knows the answer.

    Nina says: "love the clever twists and turns"
    love the clever twists and turns

    The story line

    Reviewed on January 23 2012 by Nina (Charlotte, NC, United States)
  • 11

    The Confession of Brother Haluin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    A tale of illicit sex, murder, and treachery in the highly popular Brother Cadfael series. Brother Haluin, apparently on his deathbed, makes a shocking confession to Brother Cadfael. Eighteen years previously, he had given his lover herbs to abort the baby she was carrying, but the girl died, instead. Brother Haluin makes an unexpected recovery, and decides he must make a journey of expiation.

    A User says: "I love this series!"
    I love this series!

    I began the Brother Cadfael chronicles years ago in paperback form and enjoy them even more with Stephen Thorne reading them to me! These are genteel ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 08 2009 by A User ()
  • 12

    The Heretic's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    In the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood returns to Shrewsbury from pilgrimage, in a coffin. His young attendant Elave, sets about searching for a burial place in the abbey for his 'heretic' master. Unfortunately, Elave has heretical views of his own and having drunkenly expressed them, he faces capital charges from the mighty prelate Gerbert. The beautiful Fortunata, whom Elave adores, becomes a reluctant prosecution witness and before long a violent death takes place.

    Miriam says: "Cadfael's criminals will keep you guessing"
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  • 13

    The Potter's Field

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    In October 1142, a landlord gives the clergy a field previously owned by a potter named Ruald, now a monk himself. Benedictine monks, plowing, uncover a body dead a year or more, setting off a mystery that Brother Cadfael, herbalist and student of medicine, cannot resist as it grows complex and involves the missing, beautiful wife of Ruald.

    Janie says: "Wonderful, as usual"
    Wonderful, as usual

    I love the Brother Cadfael mysteries, partly because they are such a departure from the typical frenetic pace of our day-to-day lives... They are low-..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 24 2010 by Janie (Michigan)
  • 14

    The Summer of the Danes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    In April 1144, Brother Cadfael leaves his monastery once more, this time in the company of Heledd, a young woman desperate to escape from an arranged marriage, and the youthful Brother Mark, who is representing the bishop on a matter of church diplomacy. Cadfael does not foresee trouble on their errand, but then the travellers become entangled in the conflict between Owain Gwynedd and his treacherous brother, Cadwaladr, who has allied himself with a Danish mercenary fleet in order to vanquish Owain.

    Sandy says: "Poor Recording"
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  • 15

    The Holy Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    At the height of the hot summer of 1144, the Earl of Essex succumbs to a fatal arrow, but only after a lingering fever, during which his officials do their best to save him from hellfire by restoring various properties he has annexed, including the abbey of Ramsey. And so it is that the envoys arrive at the abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul. Heavy rains bring the threat of flood: the holy relics must be saved. And when the waters subside, a robbery is revealed.

    Ros hack says: "Excellent Mystery"
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  • 16

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Brother Cadfael searches for his own endangered son, and in so doing, forsakes his order and boldly defies his abbot. What he finds challenges his soul. It is autumn 1145, and the battle rages between Empress Maud and her cousin Stephen for the throne of England. One who previously had been among Empress Maud's greatest champions, Sir Philip FitzRobert, has turned coat and imprisoned thirty knights and squires who stayed loyal to the empress.

    C. Telfair says: "Long Live Cadfael"
    Long Live Cadfael

    This series has long been one of my favorites, and the Audible productions do not disappoint. I especially appreciate the books where Cadfael's son a..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 18 2012 by C. Telfair (Shepherdstown, WV, United States)
  • 17

    A Rare Benedictine

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    This audiobook contains three tales of intrigue and treachery that let the listener hear Cadfael at the best of his sleuthing form and chronicle the events that led Brother Cadfael into the Benedictine Order.

    Pam says: "Cadfael's Past"
    Cadfael's Past

    I love all of the Brother Cadfael books and Elllis Peters is one of my favorite authors. This book of three novellas is particularly nice because it ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 06 2012 by Pam (Mangilao, GU, United States)