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Publisher's Summary

A collection of chronicles including The Summer of the Danes, Brother Cadfael's Penance, The Heretic's Apprentice, Monk's Hood, The Potter's Field, Saint Peter's Fair.

©1980, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995 Ellis Peters (P)1996, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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destructive abridgements

Any additional comments?

I try to practice advocacy journalism and avoid posting negative reviews but in this case i am called to speak truth to the marketplace.
These abridgements are destructive to the rhythm and substance of Peters’ historical narratives and dialog.
Jacobi’s reading is [as always] masterful — none the less--
In my view— these recordings are acceptable only as a kind of memory aid supposing you are intent on reading and studying Peters’ marvelous series.
Unabridged versions of these novels as audio books are available tho quite expensive.
Hopefully Audible will make these available to us in the future.
Sincerely, wl

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Not for first time readers to the series

The Brother Cadfael books are excellent, but if you have not read or listened to these stories before don't start with this set. The abridged nature of this set changes the flow of the books. Though if you have I wholeheartedly recommend it especially if you enjoyed Cadfael on Mystery!.

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Superlative storytelling!

So lovely to hear Jacobi reading of a character he played so well on PBS. I will certainly come back to listen to this collection again.

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Wonderful!

Sir Derek Jacobi is a sensational narrator. He made the tales come alive. I was sorry to come to the end.

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I didn't want this to end. EVER.<br />

Perfection from the very first word. Sir Derek Jacobi brings every character to life, brings the perfect emotion to every scene. The narratives by author Ellis Peters are sheer poetry. Overall, it is transcendent.

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Can't beat it!

Where does The Adventures of Brother Cadfael rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's superb, one of the better sets of audiobooks I've heard, mostly because of the narrator but also because the books were abridged so the narration held a very strong pacing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventures of Brother Cadfael?

When Cadfael and his son are reunited in Brother Cadfael's Penance. So much emotion was poured into that scene; it brought tears to my eyes.

Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favorite?

Cadfael, of course, although I also loved how he performed for the female characters, particularly the dying lady in The Potter's Field. He manages to change his voice so completely that you forget it's him.

Who was the most memorable character of The Adventures of Brother Cadfael and why?

Derek Jacobi is Brother Cadfael. No questions asked. This set of narratives warmed me and gave me the opportunity to experience just a few more precious moments with Jacobi starring as Cadfael.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't have asked for a better sound-recording. If only they'd done the entire series of books, but alas, nobody is perfect. I would have given anything for Jacobi to have narrated The Virgin in the Ice.

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If only for more!

Would that full, unabridged, and in order without gaps an audio series of the Cadfael Chronicles could be made with Sir Derek Jacobi. This set brings the delight of the characters and well researched historical setting to delight in life. Jacobi turns the Peter's phrases skillfully with emotion, and delineates characters well in tone and affect.

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I only wish they were unabridged

I really enjoyed this collection of brother Cadfael books, Derek Jacobi's performance is perfect, especially if you watched the films. The one drawback is that they are abridged and these are the only ones they have with Derek Jacobi narration. Still, they are perfect for the car and I highly recommend for medieval history / mystery fans.

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Great story telling

Ellis Peters is a an expert in the history of monastic life of the early ages. Brother Cadfael is her greatest creation.

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A fabulous collection of stories; great narration

These are GREAT stories. I love the characters,the tales are intriguing, and it's great historical fiction.

If you like either light mystery, historical fiction, or just a good story, you should love these.

Derek Jacobi is perfect as the narrator.

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