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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Stephen Thorne Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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Brother Cadfael searches for his own endangered son, and in so doing, forsakes his order and boldly defies his abbot. What he finds challenges his soul. It is autumn 1145, and the battle rages between Empress Maud and her cousin Stephen for the throne of England. One who previously had been among Empress Maud's greatest champions, Sir Philip FitzRobert, has turned coat and imprisoned thirty knights and squires who stayed loyal to the empress. One still held is Olivier de Bretagne, who is not aware that he is the son of Brother Cadfael. Word reaches Cadfael that Olivier's life is in peril. Brother Cadfael decides to leave the monastery without his abbot's permission; he must break his monastic vows in order to try to save his son's life. Cadfael must find his son before it is too late. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liisa | 2/5/2014

    " An end to the Cadfael series, this book dealt with the mystery more as a vehicle to tie up the one loose end of Cadfael's life: his son, Olivier. The Civil War takes a more prominent role than usual, and we meet up again with characters from previous Cadfael books. Hugh has a minor role, but we get to meet the Empress Maude. An enjoyable way to say good bye to a beloved character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwyn | 1/27/2014

    " There's nothing outstanding about Brother Cadfael's Penance--nothing more so than any other Cadfael book, at leadt--except that it is, in many ways, so different than most Cadfael books. After you've read a lot of them, as I have, you start to see a very definite pattern. There's usually a young man wrongly accused of murder, who must go on the run, and a case of love-at-first-sight between the fugitive and lovely young woman, who usually winds up helping him--and of course, they get married or run away together or something at the end. Aside from the wrongly-accused young man, none of those things happen here. In fact, there is hardly any mystery at all. More than anything, Brother Cadfael's Penance, the last of the Cadfael mysteries, is a fairly straightforward historical fiction, and none the worse for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/21/2014

    " Alas! This is the last (I think) of the Brother Cadfael books. All are such beautifully written mysteries set in medieval times of King Stephen and his cousin Empress Maude who bring civil war to the country through their battles for supremacy. This volume allows several threads to come together while leading the current monastic, former crusader, throughout much of England as he seeks for his son's release from imprisonment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/19/2014

    " love Cadfael...this one took awhile to get started but great story! LOVE the social and historical details!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 1/15/2014

    " Brother Cadfael breaks his monastic vows in order to rescue his secret son, Oliver, from his military days. The young man is under sentence of death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 1/15/2014

    " This is the best book in the series and one of the best books I've read. The characters are all so strong on both sides of this conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 12/18/2013

    " All of these are excellent reads... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 12/15/2013

    " The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters is a wonderful set of mysteries that take place in 12th century England. Ellis Peters does a wonderful job of describing all the characters and she is a great mystery writer. The cases are complicated enough to make them interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 12/5/2013

    " The last Cadfael mystery. For some reason I had never read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 11/28/2013

    " I finished the book pondering forgiveness, allegiance, trust, and family, feeling so good and so calm. Very few books get my five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Land | 11/4/2013

    " Loved the entire series and this was a wonderful conclusion to the adventures of Brother Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwinnaarden | 8/26/2012

    " As usual an excellent book. This is one of my favourite series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Engel | 7/13/2011

    " Very good ending to a very good series. Live out your days happily Brother Cadfael. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque Bona | 10/1/2009

    " I've watched the BBC series and loved it. Listened to books not in produced and have decided to listen to them all now. Brother Cadfael such a gem of a character. This last book in the series was excellent and bittersweet know the final chapter is closed. Such a fitting conclusion to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/12/2007

    " I enjoyed this book very much -- it provided a pleasant distraction during (part) of a 14 hour bus trip -- however I didn't like it as much as previous Cadfael books. I would still recommend it to people who like the series, but not to people new to the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Russell | 5/7/2007

    " This one and the first title are my favorites from this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/9/2007

    " I think this is longer than most Cadfael books, however the story is just as wonderful. Cadfael is away from "home" on approved leave part of the time (but not all the time), but he has a quest that is vital to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 4/6/2006

    " This is my favorite Cadfael novel. The three with Olivier are wonderful, but this one is a delight. She ended the series on a high note. "

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About the Author
Author Ellis Peters

Ellis Peters (1913–1995) was the pen name of English novelist Edith Pargeter, author of scores of books under her own name. She was a recipient of the Silver Dagger Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, conferred by the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain, as well as the coveted Edgar, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Stephen Thorne trained at RADA and played several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. He has worked extensively in radio, with over two thousand broadcasts for the BBC, including Uncle Mort in the Radio 4 comedy series and the part of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings. His television work includes EastEnders, Boys from the Bush, Death of an Expert Witness, and David Copperfield.