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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 book

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Cadfael at his finest, a great series and a great reader. Ellis Peters' series is the best medieval series on the market

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A different kind of mystery

My first experience with Ellis Peters. A good story and a nicely done dramatic presentation by Patrick Tull

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Intriguing ancient story set in Wales!

Loved this first book in the series.. Intriguing ancient story set in Wales! Part of our Classical Conversations curriculum! - Anita

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Great beginning

A wonderful story with many twists and turns and vivid use of imagery. , great to have strong female characters rather than the traditional damsel in distress.

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Good story. A little predictabl

What made the experience of listening to A Morbid Taste for Bones the most enjoyable?

I love the atmosphere of the abbey and the middle ages.

Would you recommend A Morbid Taste for Bones to your friends? Why or why not?

I have read many of the Brother Cadfael books, but not in order and not in the audio format. This first of the series seemed a little different with more action away from the abbey. still was good entertainment.

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  • Daniel
  • Lexington, SC, United States
  • 03-01-13

Patrick Tull = Win !

Would you listen to A Morbid Taste for Bones again? Why?

Yes . For me history + detective + Patrick Tull is a hands down winner . Listen to Master and Commander series you will be immersed by Tull's narrative . So period .

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It's good . Saw the video already so no surprises.

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

I have listened to perhaps 60 books +- 10 on audible . Many have him as narrator . And yes some are better than others . But if in your minds eye it's a British/English dialect being spoken he is a wonderful choice .

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

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If there is a sale I would buy the rest of the series.

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Delightful, As Always

Peters' Cadfail tales are always a pleasure for a quick, fun read. Tull handles the story with aplomb.

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A Great Listen

A Morbid Taste for Bones is a good story. Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk, reminds me a bit of television's Lt. Columbo. He knows what he is doing, but it doesn't always show - until he solves the mystery. This book could be described as a mystery for history lovers as it takes place in the 1130s.
A man dies under suspicious circumstances and although the evidence clearly shows who murdered the man, Brother Cadfael believes something is amiss, which it is, and he proceeds to prove it.

Patrick Tull's voice and manner of speaking may not be for everyone, but I found that both seemed to fit the period of the book and were very much to my liking. He speaks with a rather old English inflection and performs the various accents (mainly Welsh) very well. I liked his performance so much that I have searched out his reading of the other Brother Cadfael books when I need another.

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Witty and charming, yet a real "page turner"! Patrick Tull is in a league of his own as a narrator.

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Tiresome

I typically love who-dunnits from this era - this one was, without doubt, the most boring book I've ever struggled through. I did love the narrator - the only thing that got me to the end. There was just nothing interesting about this - I figured it out almost immediately and there was just nothing there to hold interest. Skip it!

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