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Download Brother Cadfael's Penance: The Cadfael Chronicles, Book 20 Audiobook

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4.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 5 4.26 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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And in this year of our Lord, 1145, now drawing to its close, chaotic events had seemed to be offering promise, however faint as yet, that even the two cousins battling wearily for the throne must despair of force and look around for another way of settling disputes. So a council is planned for a meeting between the Empress Maud and King Stephen, and their warring faction. It is to be held at Coventry on the last day of November. Brother Cadfael asks leave of Abbot Radulfus to attend this conference-not for political interest but for personal reasons. Cadfael seeks news of Olivier de Bretagne, a young knight taken prisoner. Olivier is his son, and though all other personal relationships are severed by his monastic vows, he cannot surrender this one. He must do all within his power to find and deliver his son. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne K | 2/16/2014

    " So sad to see this series end. My absolute favorite author of mysteries, and favorite literary character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 2/13/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 2/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/11/2014

    " I always like Brother Cadfael mysteries--this one has a very personal dimension, as is suggested by the title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 1/4/2014

    " A little slower than normal, but some good character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/4/2014

    " Haven't been back to Brother C's world for a while, though I admire Peters' portrayal of the time as well as Cadfael as a no-nonsense monk with a realistic spirituality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Book Stop | 1/1/2014

    " I will miss Brother Cadfael, only the most awesomest 12th Century Former Crusader/Benedictine Monk ever "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Lavelle | 12/7/2013

    " I read all 20 Cadfaels, as did my sister. Mother, too. Read them is sequence. Pick the next one up the moment you finish one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 12/4/2013

    " I've been re-reading the whole series of Brother Cadfael ........... probably my 4th time through. And worth every moment. If you don't know this series, try it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 2bnallegory | 11/9/2013

    " If you like the series there is nothing to stop you enjoying this book, I found it a little more poignant and involves Brother Cadfael much more personally than the other books of the series I have thus far read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 11/8/2013

    " 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 Jo | 6/30/2013

    " The 20th chronicle of Brother Cadfael- the last in the series, and one of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 6/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 2/18/2013

    " decent plot, with an unusual siege element. Really liked the 'love thy enemy' subtext of this book, and the fact that 'all things shall be well'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 9/18/2012

    " All of these are excellent reads... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Engel | 5/3/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwinnaarden | 5/1/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina P | 10/26/2011

    " A friend at work introduced me to these books. They are really interesting. I would like to read more of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 6/15/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/9/2011

    " I really loved this book. I'm of a mind to buy the entire series to revisit as needed. How I would love to visit Cadfael in his herbarium, drink a cup of wine and talk about the day. Well, perhaps in the hereafter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 4/1/2011

    " 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 Picklefactory | 3/27/2011

    " I was sad to finish this series -- but it sure does go out with a bang. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flexnib | 1/26/2011

    " I put off reading this book for a while because I have enjoyed the Cadfael series so much I did not want it to end.

    I love the characterisation, the detailed descriptions of medieval and monastic life, and the plots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 1/1/2011

    " So sad to see this series end. My absolute favorite author of mysteries, and favorite literary character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/6/2010

    " I read all 20 Cadfaels, as did my sister. Mother, too. Read them is sequence. Pick the next one up the moment you finish one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/19/2010

    " A friend at work introduced me to these books. They are really interesting. I would like to read more of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/22/2009

    " Haven't been back to Brother C's world for a while, though I admire Peters' portrayal of the time as well as Cadfael as a no-nonsense monk with a realistic spirituality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 2bnallegory | 11/10/2009

    " If you like the series there is nothing to stop you enjoying this book, I found it a little more poignant and involves Brother Cadfael much more personally than the other books of the series I have thus far read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 9/20/2009

    " This is the 20th mystery in the Brother Cadfael series. I recommend that you read them in order, beginning with A Morbid Taste for Bones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 9/1/2009

    " A little slower than normal, but some good character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 5/12/2009

    " Short interesting read, a mystery novel and history tale together.
    A bit facile in some character portrayals. Good use of time, nevertheless.

    "

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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

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.