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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,813 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781440788659
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Meriet Aspley, a young novitiate, causes havoc at the Shrewsbury monastery when his violent nightmares cause him to scream his anguish in the dead of night, earning him the nickname, Devil's Novice. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 2/18/2014

    " Ah, my first Brother Cadfael. To him and Ellis Peters I owe my lifelong love of historical mysteries. A lot of authors have "If you like Brother Cadfael you'll like...." on their covers but very few have ever come close to Ellis' hero and his stories. Both he and his creator are missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemongrass | 2/17/2014

    " All the right ingredients, mixed nicely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 2/13/2014

    " Although I enjoyed the first book I read in the Brother Cadfael series, I got side-tracted halfway through The Devil's Novice and just haven't wanted to go back to it. Other books keep beckoning. I'm not sure if the fault is in me or in the book itself, but it seems clear now that I'm not likely to finish this one any time soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M Christopher | 2/8/2014

    " Another good yarn in the Cadfael Chronicles and with some completely unexpected twists for those who, like me, do not remember the back and forth history of the wars between Stephen and Matilda for the English crown. I still wish that most of these stories leaned less on the affairs de coeur of adolescents, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/7/2014

    " Although it is common for Brother Cadfael to help young couples, this volume was unique in involving relationships at the father and son level of the family as well. (view spoiler)[I really liked how he told Meriet about his son. It explained his motivation for helping Meriet and his father mend fences. (hide spoiler)] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2014

    " Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series - set around 1000/1100, a Welsh man who had been with the Crusades, soldier/sailor, loved women etc settles down to retirement as a Benedictine monk, working as an apothecary within the abbey and the community, and assisting the sheriff with mysteries. He's a really wholesome character who understands people and life, not at all narrow and irritating. There is also a series of movies made based on these books with Derek Jacobi playing Brother Cadfael "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Engel | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book "

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

    " Another great book. I was glad to see Brother Mark again; he is one of my favorite supporting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwyn | 1/6/2014

    " This is not one of the better Cadfael mysteries I have read so far, but it is nonetheless enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 11/17/2013

    " Loved the themes of duty, loyalty, and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/14/2013

    " Another excellent Brother Cadfael mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 10/31/2013

    " Enjoyed this book as I do all the Brother Cadfael chronicles. This one moves along at a good pace and is even slightly surprising in the end when the mystery is solved. There was even a map that was some help in keeping straight just where things were happening. I will read more of these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 10/26/2013

    " This is one of the Brother Cadfael series, about a Benedictine monk solving mysteries in medieval England, which I generally recommend. This is one of my favorites from among a good crop. Cadfael is in top form, the emotions are deep and painful, and the resolution is _highly_ satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/26/2013

    " Quite a good mystery. I really had no clue about why Meriet was so tortured until near the reveal. The interplay between pride, honor, and family that caused the situation was a great plot device, and food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 6/7/2013

    " Definitely one of my favorites so far, just for the twisty solution if nothing else. As usual, Peters' characters are well fleshed out and once again she allows Brother Mark to shine! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 12/8/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Ribera | 11/30/2012

    " Canon Eluard's young cleric, Peter Clemence, has gone missing. Meriet Aspley, second, and lesser son of Leoric Aspley, has entered the Abbey as a novice. Something is not right. How will Cadfael sort out politics, a flirtatious bride, a novice with nightmares, and just plain bad parenting? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen | 11/18/2012

    " Another enjoyable Cadfael tale. Very absorbing with good plot twists and turns. Vannot fault them for an easy laid back read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 9/27/2012

    " Not her best one... But great series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 7/17/2012

    " The young love sub-plot of two sets of beautiful people inside and out plus a political murder that needs a solution from Cadfael and Hugh...if only the witnesses would speak! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 6/27/2012

    " Ellis Peter's evocation of a particular time and place, in English history, is masterful. I always learn something new when I read her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 2/7/2012

    " Nothing earth shattering, but still a fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D.w. | 8/13/2011

    " The prose is very enjoyable in the early half of the book. The mystery solution seems to become apparent as the story unfolds, but the conclusions for it are a little forced, perhaps needing another clue or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earnie Painter | 7/5/2011

    " I have enjoyed almost all of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. They are an escape from today - which is why I read half the time - and they are light and easy to read. They are all intriguing and I tend to stay up too late reading when I'm close to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/9/2011

    " A slight but enjoyable outing for Brother Cadfael. Motivation for the murderer seemed lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 3/28/2011

    " Although it is common for Brother Cadfael to help young couples, this volume was unique in involving relationships at the father and son level of the family as well. [spoilers removed] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 3/5/2011

    " Another great book. I was glad to see Brother Mark again; he is one of my favorite supporting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 7/31/2010

    " Ah, my first Brother Cadfael. To him and Ellis Peters I owe my lifelong love of historical mysteries. A lot of authors have "If you like Brother Cadfael you'll like...." on their covers but very few have ever come close to Ellis' hero and his stories. Both he and his creator are missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 4/11/2010

    " Ellis Peter's evocation of a particular time and place, in English history, is masterful. I always learn something new when I read her books. "

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

    " A very interesting story about a troubled young man whom Cadfael helps find peace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 6/12/2009

    " Decent plot and all, but Ellis Peters (pen name) is obviously a female who enjoys describing her studly male characters. Got tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemongrass | 2/13/2009

    " All the right ingredients, mixed nicely. "

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

    " The prose is very enjoyable in the early half of the book. The mystery solution seems to become apparent as the story unfolds, but the conclusions for it are a little forced, perhaps needing another clue or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 9/17/2008

    " The young love sub-plot of two sets of beautiful people inside and out plus a political murder that needs a solution from Cadfael and Hugh...if only the witnesses would speak! "

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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

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.