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Brother Cadfael's Penance Audiobook

Brother Cadfael's Penance: The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

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Publisher's 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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    Sandra 05/06/2011
    Sandra 05/06/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Not good"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nonie Lincolnshire, England 07/02/2015
    Nonie Lincolnshire, England 07/02/2015
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. G. Chew 12/08/2017
    Mrs. G. Chew 12/08/2017

    1 Corinthians 15:10 By the grace of God I am what I am...

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    "Excellent diction, shame it's abridged."

    Having grown up with the tv programme, Sir Derek's laconic narration allowed me to visualize the characters, but I was disappointed that the story was abridged. That, however, changes none of the quality of the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Bartlett UK 04/04/2017
    R. J. Bartlett UK 04/04/2017 Member Since 2012

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    "another good listen"

    love the brother cadfael seris and this final story is just as good.
    Very easy to listen to.
    favourite part is the conversation between brother cadfael and Philip as he tries to free his son

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    R. Inns chester 22/09/2015
    R. Inns chester 22/09/2015
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    "Fantastic portrayal of Cadfaels character."

    Cadfaels shows his wonderful rounded deep character qualities in this moving tale of heroism. Age doesn't matter.What an encouragement!

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    Harriet DURHAM, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Harriet DURHAM, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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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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  • Joanna
    Beech Grove, Indiana
    18/10/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • s
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    05/03/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    13/12/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BEK
    06/06/17
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illini Two
    02/01/12
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    "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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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