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One Corpse Too Many

The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
Series: Brother Cadfael, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its 94 defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless.

But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine. He vows to find the truth behind disparate clues: a girl in boys' clothing, a missing treasure, and a single broken flower - the tiny bit of evidence that Cadfael believes can most easily expose a murderer's black heart....

©1979 Ellis Peters (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Transports you away to another time and place!

I read a lot of the Cadfael series years ago and when lockdown started I thought I'd try the Audible version to listen to while painting the garage and all those other jobs which I suddenly had time to do! Stephen Thorne has become the authentic voice of Brother Cadfael, with those lilting Celtic tones, which really do make you drift away and find yourself pottering about in the Abbey garden. This is my second visit to 12th century Shrewsbury and I have absolutely loved every minute. So, with another credit to spend, it's back to Shropshire for the Monk's Hood and more gruesome goings-on.

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A Welsh Cadfael!!

Dont get me wrong, I love Derek Jacobi as Cadfael, but here I find a more genuine accent, what I believe from an Ellis Peters interview is the correct pronunciation of his name. Wait until my Mum hears this!! :D

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Crime Detection 12th Century Style

There’s forensic analysis and psychological profiling here to satisfy the modern appetite for such things - anachronistic? Perhaps. But it manages to be plausible and the historical stuff is good fun. It’s 35 years since I first read this book and it does over labour the details of persona motives and observations. But I really enjoyed it - and the narrator has clarity and expression enough to serve the various characters well.

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A lovely listen!

Set in the times of king Stephen and Empress Maude and the ensuing civil war this series of books combines basic forensics and poetic language. Given that they were brutal times, there are no gory and unpleasant scenes. A mystery that highlights the ways of human beings. The good points and the bad.

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A ripping yarn!

An excellent story by Ellis Peters, which contains a number of strong threads that weave together. Brother Cadfael is sagacious and crafty and a truly wonderful creation. The narration was excellent particularly for the voice of Cadfael, which has a solid worldly Welsh sound, even the female characters are well done. I hope that more of these stories are put onto audible (I think that she wrote about 20 Brother Cadfael novels), as I would love to hear more.

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Another excellent Cadfael story

Another excellent Cadfael story. I read the books years ago and am loving listening to the audio books. The narrator brings the characters to life so vividly, wish he would do more.

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Well narrated

I Loved it and I usually associate Cadfael with Derek Jacobi's voice so I was surprised by how quickly I adjusted to hearing him with a Welsh accent .

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just lovely

brother cadfael is a firm favourite of mine, and this audio was read really well

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Cadfael is a wonderful character!

This story is a clever whodunit set in 12th C England. The characters are well crafted and the story is wonderful. It is just the beginning of the Cadfael series and it's great!

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Cadfael's successful second outing is genius.

In this, Cadfael's second novel, he shows his genius with his cunning plots and traps. It proves to be to be a cracking good read. yet again.

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  • 27-07-19

Complete series please

WHEN is audible going to give us the full series of Cadfael narrated by Stephen Thorne?

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  • 22-03-19

Corpse too Many

First Cadfael book i have read and i am looking forward to more. Good stuff!