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  • The Adventures of Brother Cadfael

  • A Collection of Chronicles
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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The Adventures of Brother Cadfael

By: Ellis Peters
Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
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Summary

This collection of recordings about Brother Cadfael—a Benedictine monk and amateur sleuth in the 12th century—are performed here by the ideal actor. Sir Derek Jacobi, who portrayed Cadfael in several television adaptations, captivates listeners with his renderings of Monk's Hood, Saint Peter's Fair, The Heretic's Apprentice, The Potter's Field, The Summer of the Danes, and Brother Cadfael's Penance.

©1996 Ellis Peters (P)1996 Phoenix Books, Inc.

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Reviewer: Jane Starfield

Sir Derek Jacobi is a wonderful reader, but does he bring out the Welsh in Cadfael, as some readers (not Virginia Benjamin) have done? When listening to her readings, it worried me that Cadfael’s character, never mind his Welshness, were communicated rather poorly. Jacobi, who became Cadfael so remarkably, in the TV series, recreates the gentle, speculative monastic detective formidably in this choice of Ellis Peters’ novels. And the lack of Welsh accent is really not a problem.
Apart from the fascination of each novel, what draws me to the series is that it is one of the few literary studies of the competitive reigns of King Stephen and the Empress Mathilda. If these anarchic cousins have not appeared in ‘person’ yet, their designs on the throne, their allies and deceptions create the tapestry that lines the walls of these novels, which also bring out the tiered Feudal System of the early 12th century.
Is Cadfael the best of monastic sleuths? That, I cannot say, but he is very high on my list.

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For those who remember the TV adaptations.

I wish these had been recorded unabridged... but Jacobi's voice remains perfect for the character and reading.

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Excellent

Fabulous performance by Sir Derek Jacobi, but I wish that someone had spent some time checking and coaching in the pronunciation of the many Welsh words and place names - to a native Welsh speaker it was painful, but detracted only slightly from the pleasure of listening to Sir Derek.

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Very entertaining

Easy to listen to, Derek Jacobi performs each story wonderfully.
Somehow gentle, the tales are still clever and engaging, the characters interwoven with historical events so they all become real and believable.
No downside, enjoyed it all the way through.

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Well narrated.

Much enjoyed when coping with severe pain. It helped to take my mind of it and it it can do that, need I say more.

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Brother Cadfael

I enjoyed these stories, well adapted from the books. They were slightly spoiled for me by a lot of mispronunciation, especially of Welsh words. Cadfael was Welsh!

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Good stories but sound quality a bit iffy

As always I enjoyed the Cadfael stories but the recording has some background noise. A shame.

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Lovely nostalgia trip

Highly enjoyable and well read by Derek Jacobi. Sound was very occasionally dodgy and dropped out or 'blipped'.

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Wonderful performance

I have always enjoyed these stories but D J
reading them really makes them so much more enjoyable.

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A magical reading of an historical crime classic

Could not be improved upon. Sir Derek Jacobi is messmerizing in his reading of the Brother Cadfael Collection. I real treasure, catapulting the listener back to medieval times, with interesting and intriguing mysteries. One of the best audio books I have heard. Totally recommended.

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