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The Abbot’s Agreement

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, Book 7
By: Mel Starr
Narrated by: Tim Bruce
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

“My life would have been more tranquil in the days after Martinmas had I not seen the crows. Whatever it was that the crows had found lay in the dappled shadow of the bare limbs of the oak, so I was nearly upon the thing before I recognized what the crows were feasting upon. The corpse wore black.” 

Master Hugh is making his way towards Oxford when he discovers the young Benedictine - a fresh body, barefoot - not half a mile from the nearby abbey. The abbey’s novice master confirms the boy’s identity: John, one of three novices. But he had gone missing four days previously, and his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death: The lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh’s sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him....

©2014 Mel Starr (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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where's Steven Crossley

enjoyed the first 6 books and looked forward to this one what a disappointment narrator sends you off to sleep no good at all
already pre ordered book 8 might be cancelled if not steven crossley

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To the point.

Enjoyed the story a straight to the point investigation not too much subterfuge or intrigue. The narrator was great and brought it all to life in my minds eye.

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I hope there was a good reason!

Hopefully there is a good reason for the narration change as it has completely changed the feel of the series. I only started listening to these stories because of Steven Crossley's voice. I had listened to another well known series and craved another story read by Steven. What happened next was I fell in love with the characters Hugh, the caring surgeon who won't let a wrong continue if it can be discovered and undone, Kate his wife who charmed us in their courtship and Lord Gilbert with his one raised eyebrow! I really hope the original narration is restored as it's like asking an extra from the Bill to stand in for Richard Burton.

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  • Amazon Customer Alana
  • 16-08-20

Equally great narration! Listen till the end!

To those who miss Steven Crossley: i do, too! BUT Tim Bruce's narration was equally great if you just listened to the rest of the book! Be Kind, please. I definitely enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing more of Hugh DeSingleton's adventures!

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  • N. Langereis
  • 09-08-20

What happened to the narrator?

I cannot believe the writer approved this change in narrator. I really do not appreciate the new voice and it really diminishes the strength of the story

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  • Dean W.
  • 30-08-20

Narration drags this book down

In my opinion, the change in narration mid book series has really hurt this audiobook. I had a difficult time determining one character from the other since they all sounded the same and was too mono-tone. The performance gave no personality or voice change to the various characters. Unfortunately, it appears future books are being recorded with Tim Bruce as well. I don’t normally give audiobook reviews, but this is about an “audiobook” and not just a “book”. The change in narration has really has affected my enjoyment of this book series. As a story, it was really good, but I may switch to reading future books… and imagining the voice of Steven Crossley in my head as a read it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-08-20

Narration lacking

There is better narration by Steven Crossley in the previous books. It is not as enjoyable to listen to this narrator.