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Publisher's Summary

Meriet Aspley, a young novitiate, causes havoc at the Shrewsbury monastery when his violent nightmares cause him to scream his anguish in the dead of night, earning him the nickname, Devil's Novice.
©1983 Ellis Peters (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Milton
  • Falls Church, VA, United States
  • 04-30-12

Another Five Star performance by Patrick Tull

Outstanding story by Ellis Peters. Peters as always is careful to let his characters grow and learn, well maybe not Prior Robert, and Brother Jerome, but the main protaganist has a lesson to learn and a lesson to teach. I am a serious Cadfael fan, and a visit with Cadfael is a respite from pressure. If you have never visited Cadfael before, I recommend " One Corpse Too Many" for your first listen. Then just enjoy.

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Audio quality

There were times when the audio quality became poor. It was muffled sounding on occasion, but went back to normal quickly. Story and performance were great, though.

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This is a Disappointing Tale.

What did you like best about The Devil's Novice? What did you like least?

I found this one boring and wordy., which is odd since I really enjoy this series

If you’ve listened to books by Ellis Peters before, how does this one compare?

At the bottom

What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

Good, as usual.

Did The Devil's Novice inspire you to do anything?

Nope

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Love Cadfael

this is one of my favorite Cadfael stories. I listen to it over and over.

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Cadfael, my hero

Any additional comments?

I love all the Cadfael books, what a great series, and Patrick Tull is the best at interpreting Ellis Peters' superb books.

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Mystery and Medieval charcoal burning

Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Novice to be better than the print version?

I love reading this series and listening to the titles in it as well. Patrick Tull was an excellent narrator. I re-read and re-listen to them because I feel as if I am acquainted with the characters and the setting. One is medium is as good as the other.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

In addition to Brother Cadfael, Hugh Berringar is a real favorite as is Abbott Radulfus.

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  • Ed
  • United States
  • 02-14-12

Not Peters' best, but worth listening to.

After listening to all of the Cadfael books at least once and some more times than that I feel while this is not what I would consider Ellis Peters' best effort it is still worth listening to. A number of the characters are a bit shallow and all but the Novice himself could use a bit more development. The secrets our Novice are hiding can keep you wondering and who cannot like Bother Jerome being stranged 'til he turns blue!