©1986 by Ellis Peters; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
The story is good, I have read it and enjoyed it. The reader seems to be reading without understanding. These stories are set in 12th Century Shrewsbury close to the Welsh border. The hero, Cadfael is Welsh, yet he along with all the other characters bar one, is given an extremely well spoken, posh, English voice. Ugh!
"Brother Cadfael saves again..."
Ellis Peters(she, by the way) puts us square into the 11th century with Brother Cadfael in his Shrewsbury Monastery. Good plot, but I find Vanessa a little hard to understand at times. Fair paced reading, though.
"Good but where's the Welsh?"
Vanessa Benjamin does not give Cadfael a Welsh inflection, as do Stephen Thorne and Roe Kendall.
"Ellis Peters keeps you guessing until the end."
Not better but I enjoy having them both
Brother Cadfael is right up there with all the great literary detectives. The books give you a feel for life in medieval times but makes human nature seem truly timeless
A very nice performance I don't think any of the other books were performed by a women actor but she was able to believable perform all of the parts well both male and female. Characters were given distinctive voices.
It is in it's way a Christmas story so the parts that take place on Christmas Eve were among my favorites.
"A bit of a disappointment"
Derek Jacobi would have lifted this to the top for me.
The Narrater did not do this story justice for me unfortunately.
Yes, but it would have to be a different genre to historical mysterys.
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