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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1982 Ellis Peters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A splendid combination of romance, mystery, medieval swashbuckling." ( Publishers Weekly)

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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 set in a slower time. Cadfael's forensics were as scientific as the times allowed, but just as much about heart and his understanding of human nature. These are characters I care about, who interest me. I'll keep listening.

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I prefer Sir Derek!

What did you love best about The Virgin in the Ice?

This is my 2nd favorite Cadfael novel. The book introduces Cadfael's son, one of my favorite characters in the entire series. BTW First favorite is Brother Cadfael's Penance in which also includes Cadfael's son.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Olivier, Cadfael's son who manages to get into what amounted to enemy territory and get back out without getting caught and still do what he was sent there for.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Tull's voice fits the book and it's characters but he has a tendency to get a bit carried away. I have listened to Derek Jacobi's versions of the Cadfael books. He played Cadfael in the British TV series based on the books. He does a better job IMHO by keeping the needed interest without going off the deep end the way Tull has a habit of doing, more so in this book than he did in the other Cadfael book I have of his, "One Corpse Too Many"

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

I have done so twice now and have also listened to it in parts during my working hours.

Any additional comments?

I like Tull's performance but I would like to see the unabridged versions by Derek Jacobi available as well. If they were available, I'd buy the lot!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Many strands of mystery resolved with grace

An excellent story with valiant and loving characters!
Precise language, vivid characters, rich historical details.
Perfect narrator for a mesmerizing and complex tale that is full of faith and grace.

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Wonderful Story, Superb Narrator

The Brother Cadfael books are among some of my most favorite. This particular book is among my most favorite of the Cadfael books. And this narrator does a simply masterful job in bringing this story to life. An audiobook I will listen to again and again.

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  • Melvin
  • PALMDALE, CA, United States
  • 07-30-16

Made Me Tear Up

Outstanding way of putting together 5 books. Best book yet of series. Love this series.

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One of the best so far

Besides the excellent performance, this is also a great story with well developed characters and some surprising twists.

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excellent!

Engaging story, impeccable performance. A murder mystery, a love story, a dashing hero. recommended highly!

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Most Exciting Chronicle!

If you could sum up The Virgin in the Ice in three words, what would they be?

What A Story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Yves, for sure, I hope he is in other adventures as he grows to manhood.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think it was the attack on the outlaw's fortress. Exciting!

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

Cold and Calculating Mystery.

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Over-acted

The story is wonderful-- Peters' prose mesmerizes. But Tull over-acts. It's hard to get lost in the story with his overly dramatic delivery at the wrong places. And he differentiates the characters insufficiently. I miss Stephen Thorne; he was pitch-perfect.

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What suspense!

This story was wonderful and Eve was such a likable, innocent character that I just couldn't stop listening. I loved the twist at the end and even hoped for it throughout the book as the plot carried on and gave me information. I am very happy with theirs novel and look forward to seeing these characters again. .