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LampeterUnited Kingdom
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  • A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

In 1137 the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales, where they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines' offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise and all too worldly, Cadfael isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself dealt the blow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • By Dee on 14-04-13

Well done all

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

This is the first Cadfael Chronicle and gets the series off to a flying start. The characters are all fully-formed and believable, the story is absorbing and historically largely accurate, no anachronisms that I could see. Stephen Thorne narrates it well and makes a very good job of the Welsh accents, I only spotted one mistake in the pronunciation of Welsh words: Peredur should be pronounced Peredeer, not Peredoor. Other than that a first class job all round.

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  • That Hideous Strength

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Mark and Jane Studdock are a newly-married couple about to be drawn into events very far out of the ordinary. The morning after a horrific nightmare about a decapitated head, Jane sees the same face in a newspaper, a brilliant French scientist guillotined for poisoning his wife. Jane has the growing feeling that she is being warned of something real and sinister. Mark, a sociologist, has joined an institute which aims to harness human society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant reading

  • By Fenella on 02-04-11

Brilliant reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-11

I have loved this book for many years, but listening to Steven Pacey reading it has increased my enjoyment even further. His reading is flawless - especially his characteristations. He maintains the voices without the smallest error - the voice he chose for Dimble is exactly right for an elderly academic, and his Ulster accent for McPhee is a tour de force of consistency. He gets Fairy Hardcastle, the DD and even Mrs Maggs spot on. Well Done and Thank You Steven Pacey!

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