The Heretic's Apprentice

The Sixteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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It is June in the Year of Our Lord 1143 when Elave, young clerk to William of Lythwood, returns from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his elderly master's body. His mission is twofold, to bury William in his home abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and to deliver a dowry to William's adopted daughter Fortunata. But Elave, suspected of harboring views inimical to church doctrine, is held for ecclesiastical trial. And when Aldwin, the Lythwood family clerk hired in Elave's absence, is stabbed to death, Elave is incarcerated not only for heresy, but for murder. Fortunata's dowry, an intricately carved box with mysterious contents, holds the key to the mysteries that spring up around Elave and the Lythwood family. Shrewd and patient, Brother Cadfael is at his best here.

Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael is sure to delight old friends and new fans.

©1989 Ellis Peters (P)1995, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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"Peters' historical mysteries are vivid standouts...an old-fashioned joust between good and evil." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Simon Prebble Preferred

This is one of my favorite Cadfael stories, but Jacobi is not my favorite reader. Simon Prebble is my hands down favorite of all the Cadfael narrators.

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Too Abridged

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This version was so abridged that it lost all of the story

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Disappointed to miss so much of the book.

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The Heretic's Apprentice

Please know that Cadfael becomes addictive! Each performance by Sir Derek Jacobi is a masterpiece. I only wish this one were longer!

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abridged leads to disappointment

I love the Cadfael books. I truly do. I love the way Peters develops the plot and characters, not to mention the period flavor. all of which is lost in an abridged version. it's like watching the trailer for a movie, but not seeing the film itself. you get a feel for it, but not the intricacies.

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Disappointing

I've read and listened to all 15 if the previous Cadfael stories in their unabridged form, and found this abridged version very disappointing. No doubt the story line was preserved, but the book was stripped of all the richness and detail that make these books so appealing. None of the characters had life or form and the rendition by the reader was poorly differentiated. The resulting listen was dry and sterile.

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Great as Usual

I have been an Ellis Peters Fan for many years, and a fan of Sir Derek Jacobi for much longer. Perfect combination!

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  • David
  • 01-07-16

Value

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Although the story is good and the reading of it also, but the abreviation is poor and as to value for money, it is very poor and over prices.

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Badly edited

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Poor value for money

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-22-17

great yourself

another classic.from Derek Jacobi and Ellis Peters. please Audible stock all her novels in the future

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  • Fiona Berry
  • 05-04-20

Very gentle and entertaining

Derek Jacobi reads the book brilliantly well; the story keeps one's interest and entertains. very enjoyable..

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  • Val
  • 09-17-19

Readers name!!!

I have been a fan of the Cadfael books of Ellis Peters and had them on disc before audiobooks began. Of course Derek Jacobi is Cadfael and Philip Madoc a good second! I presume an american company has taken over the rights of the older ones but surely they could pronounce Derek Jacobi's name correctly! It grates every time I listen to them!!!!
Could you get it corrected PLEASE!

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  • Wattie
  • 08-14-18

A Great Tale

I Really did enjoy this Cadfael story and in particular the narration by Sir Derek's.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 02-02-18

disappionting

the unabridged books far superior. and if you enjoy a substantial read i wouldnt bother with these abridged versions especially as not that much cheaper

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 05-15-17

Too short

I don't like abridged books, if the story is any good, and this one is. Unfortunately Derek Jacobi, brilliant actor though he is, robs Cadfael of his Welshness, which is fundamental to his identity and contributes to his attractiveness- neither Norman nor Anglo-Saxon, so somewhat above the events of his time.

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  • LloydW
  • 04-19-19

An adventure of morals

Fun to reflect on the period though perhaps the culprit was more obvious than in some other works.