A Morbid Taste for Bones

Narrated by: Patrick Tull
Series: Brother Cadfael, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (871 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1977 Ellis Peters (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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Great Listen, Funny, Super Plot!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The first in a long series of historic mysteries that keep you want to experience the adventures of this stout old monk. The narrator makes you see the different characters easily. The different people in the story are well developed and become real and complex. The author is in this story especially able to let the listener step back and look at the happenings with a human and wistful view. One of my most favorite listens ever.

What other book might you compare A Morbid Taste for Bones to and why?

To Say Nothing To Say About The Dog. by Connie Willis. This book is much slower in pace, but has also great writing and fun.

What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tull makes Catfael rounder and sturdier and more humorous and human, more forgiving.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Any suggestions for books like that?

14 people found this helpful

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Narrator and story are great fun

This is my first Brother Cadfael audiobook and the narrator brought all the drama and characters to life. Enjoyed it all!

12 people found this helpful

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Love the new narrator

This is one of my favorite Brother Cadfael stories, and the new narrator, Patrick Tull, does a very good job of bringing the characters to life.

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I love this series

These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

This first mystery does a wonderful job of easing the reader into the time & place, and introducing all of the characters.

11 people found this helpful

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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 frequently are in mysteries. I smiled all the way through and enjoyed the story and the historical aspects thoroughly. Very low-tech by way of forensics - much more about thoughtful, deductive reasoning. The narrator is quite engaging!

21 people found this helpful

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Fun start to a great series

This is the first entry in the Brother Cadfael series. It introduces most of the continuing cast of characters and is a delight in and of itself. Brother Cadfael, "retired" crusader turned monk and sometime detective is an enjoyable creation by Ellis Peters, and his adventures as a Benedictine Monk in both England and Wales have long be favorites with me.

In this book Brother Cadfael is part of a group traveling into Wales to hunt for the body of long dead Saint Winifred to return to his abby to inspire pilgrims to visit. The Welsh villagers aren't eager to loose their saint, murder takes place, and it is up to Brother Cadfael to find a solution that will bring a measure of justice, mercy, fairness and satisfaction to as many people as possible.

Patrick Tull does a good job of bringing Brother Cadfael and his friends to life.

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The Best of Brother Cadfael

Where does A Morbid Taste for Bones rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best. Patrick Tull is perfect for Brother Cadfael. Ellis Peters and Brother Cadfael are classics, and this is the best of the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Morbid Taste for Bones?

Without giving away the ending, the ending shows Ellis Peter's humor at its peak. She has a subtle humor, that satirizes many aspects of Medieval life at once.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Other Brother Cadfael books. Patrick Tull captures the aging contemplative, who still keeps one foot in the outside world, perfectly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How do you solve a murder, and make everyone happy at once?

Any additional comments?

If you want a well written Medieval mystery series, this is the place to start.

5 people found this helpful

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Love Brother Cadfael Mysteries...

This is a wonderful mystery in a historical setting beautifully read. The characters and setting are well developed with a level of detail that lets you really get to know them and "see" them, too. Patrick Tull's voice telling the story is perfect-you will quickly be immersed in Brother Cadfael's world.

A terrific book that is also a wonderful audio book. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Excellent in every way.

I must say this audiobook was absolutely wonderful. Hated to stop it and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. A great start to Ellis Peter's mysteries.

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Bad narration.

I am returning this book because Patrick Tull's narration reminds me of the bad stage actor portrayals in old movies, where the sentences are oddly broken up and everything is stated as if it is the most important thing ever. I really like the Brother Cadfael books and was looking forward to listening to these. I was hoping the book would be a pleasant diversion instead of the difficult listen it turned out to be.

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