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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Unsworth Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?

But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia Land-Greene | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting premise for the story-a traveling group of Middle Ages players (actors)-and the troubles of their lifestyle and lives. Well researched historically and a well crafted mystery as well. Beyond the entertainment value, it brings the reader to ask herself questions of belief and morality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/18/2014

    " A priest on the run joins a troupe of players who use a mystery play to solve a local mystery. Thoughtful about history and the uses of art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guy | 2/13/2014

    " Historische roman van de schrijver die in 1992 de Booker Prize won (en deelde met Michael Ondaatje, voor The English Patient) met Sacred Hunger. Oppervlakkig gezien gaat het om een misdaadroman die zich afspeelt in het Engeland van de veertiende eeuw, maar al snel blijkt natuurlijk dat er meer aan de hand is. Hoewel het bijlange niet even ambitieus, breed en moeilijk is als De naam van de roos, is ook Morality Play een metafictioneel werk dat zichzelf en andere literatuur onder de loep neemt en ter discussie stelt. Een arme geestelijke die op de loop is voor de echtgenote van zijn minnares voegt zich uit noodzaak bij een rondreizend toneelgezelschap dat zich heeft gespecialiseerd in een dan nieuw genre, de moraliteit. In deze allegorische stukken, waarin de karakters gestalte geven aan algemene concepten als de waarheid en zonden, wordt steeds een voorbeeld gesteld aan de hand van een individu die een uitbeelding van de gemiddelde mens vormt. Op hun reis komen ze terecht in een dorp waar zopas een kind werd vermoord en een vrouw valselijk beschuldigd wordt hiervan. Onder de leiding van hun leider gaat het gezelschap informatie verzamelen over de omstandigheden van de moord en besluiten ze om hun versie van het verhaal op te voeren in het dorp. De roman vertelt daardoor niet enkel over de geboorte van een nieuwe mengvorm, maar ook het opgevoerde stuk zelf verkent nieuwe grenzen, door bvb. leden uit het publiek uit te beelden. Unsworth slaagt erin om de korte roman een tastbare middeleeuwse sfeer te geven (de dreiging van de pest en armoede wegen loodzwaar op de doemsfeer), te verrijken met discussies van die tijd (vaak over godsdienstige vs. wereldse materie) en tegelijkertijd een ingenieus verhaal te vertellen dat behendig naar zijn onverwachte conclusie raast. Het is wat jammer dat het merendeel van de personages uiteindelijk in zwart/wit-contrasten geschetst wordt zonder al te veel aandacht voor tussenliggende grijstinten, maar dat komt de relatieve luchtigheid van het boek wel ten goede. Werd blijkbaar verfilmd als The Reckoning, met o.m. Willem Dafoe in één van de hoofdrollen. (***1/2) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B-Dog | 2/6/2014

    " I love when I am one of five people in a 39 person class to read an assigned book. And then the teacher says "Okay, have this finished by next week. If you had finished the book, we were going to do a scavenger hunt in class, even though scavenger hunts are pointless and pathetic for college students to do. Please keep this list of twenty things in mind while reading. Those of you who have not read the book will be able to find these things as you read. I realize that this is more work for those of you who actually read the book on time, and I don't care. I love screwing people over even when they are prepared for class!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cary Jones | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting timepiece about a crime in the Middle Ages. A pretty good movie was made from the story. "

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

    " A brief novel that packs in a lot of character and period detail. The murder mystery is almost second to the rest of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 2/4/2014

    " Not as deep as it thought it was; otherwise enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 1/25/2014

    " Honestly, it took about 40 pages for this book to really engage my attention. Once it did, though, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Couldn't wait to get back on the subway so I'd have time to sit and read, and never figured out "who done it" on my own. A very unique murder mystery. Thank you, Maureen, for recommending it and for giving it to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/20/2014

    " Tricky ending, but a great, great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 1/17/2014

    " A reasonably convincing account of how modern drama might have evolved from Medieval roots woven in with a story of detection. Bit of a stretch overall, but overall entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne Ruggiero | 12/26/2013

    " I was immediately drawn into this story. Think I read it in two days. Wonderful characters, very spare but powerful style of writing. Medieval whodunit of sorts. Author keeps you guessing until the very end, unless (unlike me) you are an expert sleuth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/23/2013

    " Eww, yuck - palpable stinkiness from 14th century England. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/14/2013

    " i loved the dynamics of the band of actors. it was interesting to learn the way they announced plays, created plays and of course in this book, how they changed plays, from just being a religious tool. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Val | 11/21/2013

    " This short novel of group of 13th Century players who re-enact a true murder story was incredibly dull, and at the end I sped through the pages in order to just be finished with it. I also found nothing realistic or drawing about the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 11/12/2013

    " wow - so much info in such a small book. Concerning a group of actors in 14th century England - it made me want to re-read Nicolas Nickelby. I loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Charles | 10/26/2013

    " Wonderful tone & setting, admirable verisimilitude, but the ending was so thin as to be shocking. Too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew | 9/15/2013

    " Morality Play by Barry Unsworth (1996) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 4/21/2013

    " Barry Unsworth is a fantastic writer. He brought the story to life so well I could almost smell the stench of the unwashed townspeople. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lin | 3/5/2013

    " I found this a really interesting novel and learnt a lot about 14th century players from it. It was a real page turner towards the end and I'm looking forward to discussing it at our book group. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Burleson | 10/8/2012

    " On my book club list, Joanne listed the author's name as "Unworthy" which is hysterical. This book is Unworthy of being read. (and I picked it!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/9/2012

    " Literary fiction that glows with history, mystery, romance, suspense, and theatricality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendall | 8/1/2012

    " Do not ever read this book!!! It is awful, but we have to read it for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/28/2012

    " This was an interesting book about a 14th century monk. It weaved history, mystery and psychology together in an unique novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liviu | 7/26/2012

    " Very entertaining and great atmosphere but short and the last 30-40 pages feel way too rushed; the build-up is worth the read, but the denouement lets the novel down a little "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/22/2012

    " "Very nice tale, beautifully written in the voice of a young fallen priest turned player in 14th century England during the plague. A story of murder and religion, and theater, the feudal system and plague. Well told with lessons for our own time." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashlee Davis | 3/11/2012

    " Story of traveling players in the 14th century. Didn't love it or hate it! "

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About the Author
Author Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth (1930–2012) was a British novelist who wrote historical fiction. He won the Booker Prize with Sacred Hunger and was shortlisted for Pascali’s Island and Morality Play. He published seventeen novels to critical acclaim.

About the Narrator

Michael Maloney is an actor who has appeared in numerous television productions, including as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Prince Hal in Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, for which he won Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor awards. His theater credits include Sleuth, Peer Gynt, and All My Sons, and his film credits include The Young Victoria and Notes on a Scandal. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, earning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.