It is nearing the end of the Year of Our Lord 1145. A monk vows to abandon all earthly ties, but how can Brother Cadfael obey when his son is captured in battle? Olivier de Bretagne is one of many young knights taken prisoner in the current power dispute in Britain, but he is also Cadfael's son, and the monk cannot be objective. A council is planned at Coventry to try to appease the warring factions, and Brother Cadfael asks leave to attend, knowing he must do all in his power to find and deliver his son. This most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peters's novels is filled with excitement, intrigue, and a meticulously depicted medieval background.
Tony Award winning actor, Derek Jacobi, performs the narration, lending a powerful voice to this twentieth chronicle of Brother Cadfael.
©1994 Ellis Peters (P)1995, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books
Sadly the essence of this story has been lost in the abridging. The essential individuality of the main characters and the attention to detail such as the minutae of everyday medieval life and seasons is absent. Read the book
First off it's a brilliant book! The plot is incredibly interesting, all the more because it's about a medieval monk with a past. The voice done by Derek Jacobi is excellent. He narrates it wonderfully and having the man who played Cadfael in the tv adaptation read him in the book gives it that extra credibility.
"Disappointed in Abridged"
I Love this series. I am just disappointed that this recording is an abridged version. I wish I could get the whole series, unabridged, and read by Patrick Tull.
"Medievil mystery greats"
Derek Jacobi is a superb actor who is able to bring all his talent into his voice for this superb performance of a wonderful story.
Brother Cadfael - cause he is a real 'mensch'
Jacobi is familiar with this character so he brings much humanity and authenticity to the performance.
Brother Cadfael - want to hear about how it was during the crusades.
Ellis Peters novels are always wonderful and historically correct.
"Some of my favorite things!"
I have every one of the cadfael books from audible. Love them. Also watched them on public television.
Listened to them many times. Derek Jacobi is fantastic both as an actor and as a narrator.
The only thing I am sorry for is that the author has passed on and there will be no new Cadfael stories forthcoming.
"Entertaining mystery in a turbulent time"
Interesting, fun, thoughtful
Brother Cadfael who keeps his broad prospect inspite of confining surroundings and violent circumstances
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