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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellis Peters Narrator: Roe Kendall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781455177523
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The year is 1142. England is in the iron grip of civil war, and within the sheltered cloisters of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, there begins a chain of events no less momentous than the upheavals of the outside world.

First, there is the sad demise of the Lord of Eaton, whose ten-year-old son and heir, the young Richard, is a pupil at the abbey. The boy refuses to surrender his new powers to his formidable grandmother, Dionysia. Then there is the arrival of the hermit Cuthred, who enjoys the protection of Lady Dionysia, and whose young companion, Hyacinth, befriends Richard. Despite his reputation for holiness, Cuthred’s arrival heralds a series of mishaps for the monks. When Richard disappears and a corpse is found in Eyton Forest, Brother Cadfael is once more forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden and devote his knowledge of human nature to tracking down a ruthless murderer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enchanting…Medieval England comes marvelously alive.”

    Washington Post

  • “A wonderful history lesson wrapped up neatly in a mystery and served with style and grace.”

    Cincinnati Post      

  • “Well-plotted…Brother Cadfael remains as shrewd and unpredictable as ever.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ellis Peters does her usual neat job of history-cum-entertainment, and Roe Kendall does an equally neat job of delivery…Her presentation has a lyric, musical quality that is quite charming.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 2/18/2014

    " These suspenseful stories include pinches of romance, devotion, and humor, as well as truly unique characters. The mysteries use as background superb portrayals of 12th Century England. The author is a noted Medieval scholar. Positive. Caution: the series is aimed at adults, not adolescents. Many themes of these mystery novels are ADULT themes, including rape, abuse of various sorts, etc. They are all positive, ultimately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frode | 1/7/2014

    " This one was interesting in that the murder comes along at an unexpected time to an unexpected victim. No motive is discernable. Of course the red herrings abound, and the story is replete with Cadfael's musings and Peters' descriptions of medieval life. It was a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Jellum | 12/23/2013

    " This was very enjoyable, the characters in this series are so likeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 12/20/2013

    " I think this was actually my FAVOURITE of the Brother Cadfael books that I've read thus far. I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoyed this one so much: Peters' writing was as fabulous as ever, her language beautiful and descriptions perfect. I think it had something to do with the three-layered plot and the way she pulled in all of the minor threads to make a really REALLY satisfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/16/2013

    " I had a hard time getting through the first chapter. Even the second. A lot of characters were introduced at once. But after the third chapter I was hooked. I liked almost everything about this murder mystery. It was a great medieval who-done-it. My only complaint was the resolution of the conflict with the grandmother, Dame Dionisia, seem out of character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 12/12/2013

    " Perfect when I need escapism to another time and place. Great details and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spuddie | 10/12/2013

    " I love Brother Cadfael and have all these books on my Keeper shelf, and have read them all a couple of times...but this is the first time I've listened to an audio production. This one was rather skillfully done by Roe Kendall, and I enjoyed the reading quite a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/31/2013

    " I love Brother Cadfael mysteries because they combine intrigue with the spiritual musings of a medieval monk. And this one did not disappoint in the least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 7/3/2013

    " Certainly a complicated mystery but Cadfael is slow to join to the obvious conclusion of political intrigue until it is too late. But there is a nicely paced plot regarding a fought-over child and the e'er faithful young love sub-plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 6/16/2013

    " I first read this series many years ago and am greatly enjoying them again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/12/2013

    " A lovely easy read, beautifully read by Patrick Tull, one of my favorite narrators "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 1/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/2/2012

    " Like all the Brother Cadfael books, this is a well-plotted mystery with fascinating characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie | 10/8/2012

    " I do like Brother Cadfael. So well-written and a wonderful mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/13/2011

    " Let's hear it for Abbot Radulfus. He's the man. Seriously, he has a great role here as protector of an orphaned boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Patrick | 8/11/2010

    " Above average. This was almost Dickens-esque in the way that so many strands became wound together at the end. And of course, more young love developing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 12/31/2008

    " Another good entry in the series. This one was interesting because the murders are actually somewhat tangential to the main plot, but still a part of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/6/2007

    " Great Medieval mystery with time period insights, very clean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/29/2007

    " Maybe the best of the Cadfael of the series. The characters were varied and real. The end caught me completely by surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 5/19/2007

    " Lost my concentration while listening to this story. I usually love listening to Brother Cadfael books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 12/15/2006

    " A very interesting story, though a bit more transparent than most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 12/3/2006

    " Always loved watching the show with Sir Derek Jacobi so of course had to read them. Short reads, I could usually finish them in a couple days but always enjoyed them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trever | 11/26/2006

    " This one was a wee bit too predictable, but it also had a great dose of historical realism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 11/20/2006

    " Nice light reading. A mystery novel without so much violence. "

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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

Roe Kendall (a.k.a. Vanessa Benjamin), a native of the British Isles, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. She has performed on stage, as a voice-over artist, and as an audiobook narrator.