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  • Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Summary

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

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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

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excellent

this was a wonderful story, I thoroughly recommend it. what an amazing time I had lost in this time of cadfael

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Brilliant!

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.

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some books you can read again and again

A gentle story despite it containing a murder and an attack in a castle. It's much more about family connections and honour. Parent and grown child.

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much-loved monk

loved it Derek Jacoby Master story teller. classic tale of our favourite monk so well written

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A great story

I really love the Cadfael stories and this is one of my favourites. Shame it isn’t unabridged but beautiful done by Sir Derek Jacobi, my one and only Cadfael.

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A Great Listen

Not your usual Cadfael crime drama but a great story no less. Told well by Sir Derek Jacobi.

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One of my favourite Cadfael stories

Sir Derek Jacobi is perfect as a narrator, having played Cadfael in the tv series. It's a shame the novel is abridged, but I shall work my way through the rest of the series in due course as full books.

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A great final chapter for Brother Cadfael

As a fan of Brother Cadfael I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Derek Jacobi reads it well too.

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highly recommended love Cadfael Derek Jacob is fab

Derek Jacob I brings to life the story's of brother Cadfael. You can picture yourself in medieval times. the storyline and plot is brilliant.

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  • Joanna
  • 18-10-12

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.

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  • BEK
  • 06-06-17

Truly missing the UNABRIDGED version

I've listened my way through every one of Cadfael's adventures, enjoying each one immeasurably. All of them were unabridged, and most were narrated by Patrick Tull. While I have no complaint with Derek Jacobi's narration...I sorely regret not being able to listen to this last adventure unabridged!

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  • Elizabisses
  • 21-10-20

Abridged abridged abridged

I love Jacobi’s reading and I love the author, characters and story. I do NOT love buying a book to find it’s been abridged, cut down to plot points, losing all depth and nuance. Whole journeys and conversations are missing! I really wish audible or the recording company would label the abridged books. What a disappointment.

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  • s
  • 05-03-13

Medievil mystery greats

What made the experience of listening to The Brother Cadfael's Penance the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Cadfael - cause he is a real 'mensch'

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Jacobi is familiar with this character so he brings much humanity and authenticity to the performance.

If you could take any character from The Brother Cadfael's Penance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Brother Cadfael - want to hear about how it was during the crusades.

Any additional comments?

Ellis Peters novels are always wonderful and historically correct.

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  • Oenophile
  • 13-12-11

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.

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  • Illini Two
  • 02-01-12

Entertaining mystery in a turbulent time

If you could sum up The Brother Cadfael's Penance in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, fun, thoughtful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Cadfael who keeps his broad prospect inspite of confining surroundings and violent circumstances

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