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One Corpse Too Many

The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Series: Brother Cadfael, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its 94 defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless.

But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine. He vows to find the truth behind disparate clues: a girl in boys' clothing, a missing treasure, and a single broken flower - the tiny bit of evidence that Cadfael believes can most easily expose a murderer's black heart....

©1979 Ellis Peters (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Corpse too Many

First Cadfael book i have read and i am looking forward to more. Good stuff!










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  • anne
  • 09-07-15

A lovely listen!

Set in the times of king Stephen and Empress Maude and the ensuing civil war this series of books combines basic forensics and poetic language. Given that they were brutal times, there are no gory and unpleasant scenes. A mystery that highlights the ways of human beings. The good points and the bad.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 05-26-15

A ripping yarn!

An excellent story by Ellis Peters, which contains a number of strong threads that weave together. Brother Cadfael is sagacious and crafty and a truly wonderful creation. The narration was excellent particularly for the voice of Cadfael, which has a solid worldly Welsh sound, even the female characters are well done. I hope that more of these stories are put onto audible (I think that she wrote about 20 Brother Cadfael novels), as I would love to hear more.

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  • Ashley
  • 04-09-19

Crime Detection 12th Century Style

There’s forensic analysis and psychological profiling here to satisfy the modern appetite for such things - anachronistic? Perhaps. But it manages to be plausible and the historical stuff is good fun. It’s 35 years since I first read this book and it does over labour the details of persona motives and observations. But I really enjoyed it - and the narrator has clarity and expression enough to serve the various characters well.

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  • Richard
  • 11-05-18

This is getting to be a habit

My first Cadfael and it was great well read with very clear characters thank you

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  • Shep's mummy
  • 10-31-18

Very good story

Great story and well narrated. I watched the serial on television and am now enjoying the books

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  • sianeflewog
  • 07-16-18

Brilliant narrator.

Stephen Thorne’s narration brought the book to life. Unlike other narrators I’ve heard trying to pronounce Welsh words, he flowed naturally and fluently. A lovely performance.

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  • ABmonkey
  • 04-21-18

good rendition

A good rendition of this excellent Cadfael story. Although it did take me a while to warm to the narrator, his reading was consistently good and warm

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  • Mary Blackhurst Hill
  • 04-13-18

adored it

brilliant story. excellent reading. every drop a gem and a joy from start to end.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 01-25-18

love this series

I love Cadfael. Watched all the tv series but the books are as always much better.

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  • simon.m.hurst
  • 09-06-17

Such a good series

I read these books in the late 1970's and early to mid 1980's. They eww good then, but are even better in audio book format. I would highly recommend this recording.

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  • Carol Anne Harvey
  • 03-27-18

Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The pronunciation of Cadvale to ‘Cadfael’ it was incredibly irritating but, to be fair, I don’t think any narrator does it as well as Derek Jacobi who played Cadfael in the series.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The stories are always interesting. No complaints.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Thorne’s performances?

No, sorry.

Do you think One Corpse Too Many needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, they’re all stand alone stories.