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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,646 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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When the village of Shrewsbury's own sheriff, Gilbert Prestcote, is taken prisoner by the Empress Maud's forces, its citizens are prepared to exchange him for a man of equal value they have within their possession. But soon after Prestcote arrives for the prisoner exchange, he dies. Was it death by natural causes or a most unnatural murder? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " The cast version of the mystery is enjoyable. It does feel like listening to a play. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 amy | 1/30/2014

    " Do I care about these handsome young folks? No, I do not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 1/27/2014

    " Brother Cadfael is caught up in the murder of the Sheriff of Shropshire while the sheriff is recovering from wounds suffered in the war between Stephen and Maud for the crown of England. Welsh nobles are raiding into Shropshire. Two pairs of star crossed lovers have to resolve differences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frode | 1/12/2014

    " Another great mystery where the murderer is unmasked only at the end. Good storytelling, some familiar characters, and some very nice comments about humanity and justice sprinkled in for good measure. I am becoming most fond of Cadfael and Hugh Beringar and now even Sister Magdalen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 1/3/2014

    " Reached my limit on this series. Too much alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/1/2014

    " This is a fun series of mysteries about Brother Cadfael, in the 1100's. I read the entire series many years ago and am reading the ones I can find in the library for a second time. They are all very entertaining as well as informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 12/31/2013

    " This is a wonderful series, and I particularly enjoy the stories that see Cadfael romping through Wales as this one did. The audio version is well done -- good to hear those Welsh names pronounced correctly after so many years of making it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 12/27/2013

    " Any man (or woman) is capable of anything (even murder) in a rash moment. How I admire Brother Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M Christopher | 12/19/2013

    " Another fine entry in the Cadfael Chronicles, in which changes come to the regular cast of characters as well as to the political situation in Shewsbury and England as a whole. Also, two pairs of young lovers figure prominently in the action. Quelle suprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 12/13/2013

    " This is my favorite Ellis Peters yet. If you are only ever going to read one of hers, read this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/8/2013

    " This was the last of the Brother Cadfael books that I read. They were all really good, but I think I read too many, too quickly and spoiled my appetite for any more. Shame really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 12/8/2013

    " A bit of romance, intrigue and a few battles thrown in... Shir what more cld u ask for!! The best one yet I reckon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/6/2013

    " Available at BBC Radio 7. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/25/2013

    " One of my favorite in the series so far, in part because some of it takes place in Wales. It is interesting to see the differences between the English and the Welsh approaches to the idea of law and justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 11/22/2013

    " I think this is my favorite Brother Cadfael novel yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 liirogue | 11/16/2013

    " Cadfael sure sees a lot of action for a monk! I figured out the murderer way early though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 10/23/2013

    " A very complicated mystery deftly solved by the hilarious Cadfael. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 7/3/2013

    " One of the things book taught me is, if you're going set your book in a certain era of history, know your stuff. Ellis Peters certainly did, and it really adds depth to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trudy | 3/9/2013

    " I did not like this particular book as much as the other Cadfael books that I have listened, but it was still a pleasant way to pass the time as I travelled back from taking my son to College. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Crosby | 12/28/2012

    " Not my favorite of the Cadfael books. A bit too much intrigue and far too many Welsh names to keep plot lines sorted. Still---the question of "Mercy vs. Justice" underlies the entire story, acting as almost a character who has a cameo in every scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/6/2012

    " I remember this as being one of the more bittersweet, somber episodes. But I felt that was important--it prevented the Cadfael series from being all heroics and romance. And it gives the reader something more to contemplate, even wrestle. So I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Culbertson | 3/2/2012

    " Interesting spin on the love triangle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 2/14/2012

    " Brother Cadfael tries to resolve his inner conflict over the consequences of the death of Sherrif Prescote. A book the evokes sympathy and questions justice. Good reading but kind of an unsettling ending, I thought. mm "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 11/3/2011

    " I'm knowing the style enough now that I can figure out the "whodunit" part of these mysteries but the writing keeps me engaged and satisfied. Many times I will reread a paragraph just for the pleasure of how she's phrased it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 4/19/2011

    " I think this is my favorite Brother Cadfael novel yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/8/2011

    " Not my favorite of the Cadfael books. A bit too much intrigue and far too many Welsh names to keep plot lines sorted. Still---the question of "Mercy vs. Justice" underlies the entire story, acting as almost a character who has a cameo in every scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 4/4/2011

    " One of my favorite in the series so far, in part because some of it takes place in Wales. It is interesting to see the differences between the English and the Welsh approaches to the idea of law and justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/15/2011

    " Yet another strong entry in the Brother Cadfael series, though I am starting to notice similar character types showing up in these books (generally, a young couple trying for love despite inauspicious circumstances). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 amy | 11/30/2010

    " Do I care about these handsome young folks? No, I do not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 10/22/2010

    " This is my favorite Ellis Peters yet. If you are only ever going to read one of hers, read this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 4/17/2010

    " One of the things book taught me is, if you're going set your book in a certain era of history, know your stuff. Ellis Peters certainly did, and it really adds depth to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 liirogue | 3/15/2010

    " Cadfael sure sees a lot of action for a monk! I figured out the murderer way early though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 9/1/2009

    " A very complicated mystery deftly solved by the hilarious Cadfael. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 3/19/2009

    " This is a fun series of mysteries about Brother Cadfael, in the 1100's. I read the entire series many years ago and am reading the ones I can find in the library for a second time. They are all very entertaining as well as informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 3/11/2009

    " Brother Cadfael tries to resolve his inner conflict over the consequences of the death of Sherrif Prescote. A book the evokes sympathy and questions justice. Good reading but kind of an unsettling ending, I thought. mm "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D.w. | 1/21/2009

    " Seems more a semi believable love story. The color of the period however makes this a joy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/15/2008

    " Enjoyable romp with Cadfael. I worked out whodunnit and why before he did, which makes me feel all smug inside :).

    Charity shop find. "

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