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Summary

It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi narrates, using his thespian talents to bring the characters, suspense, and intrigue to life in this seventeenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael adventure.

Crack another case with Cadfael.
©1990 Ellis Peters (P)1996, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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good listen but not the best oration or plot.

i like my Cafael more Welsh and although very well abridged, it's not her best story.

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marvellous

Derek Jacobi does a marvellous job. brings the story alive. hope I can. get more of these.

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No new tale under the sun

It is, as are all the Cadfael Chronicles, perfectly executed and uses the English language with the precision of a surgeons scalpel rather than the clumsy bludgeon that it has sadly become.

The reading of this tale is utterly atmospheric and I would expect nothing less from one of the most prestigious members of the Royal Shakespeare Company it has ever had the good fortune to number.

Cadfael the self-effacing and studious worldly-wise hero transports us back to an era when rival royal factions battled for power in England and Wales was a kingdom in its own right with its own laws and customs. Long before our identity and culture were later to be violently suppressed by the Norman invaders, our history and stories re-written or dismissed at the whim of the newcomers and we were treated as strangers in our own lands.

I will not give any details of what happens in this story, if you really want to know then it is here for you to listen to and discover for yourself. It will certainly do you no harm to listen.



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Love betrayed.

Not the most satisfying Chronicle as the range of experience is narrower
But it is a classic tale of jealousy and loss. Well written and maintains the high standard of characterisation as other cChronicles.

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  • Judith Ann Johnson
  • 13-05-18

Audible listeners deserve unabridged books

I am sadly disappointed that the final few Cadfael books offered by Audible are heavily boiled down by editing to the point that little remains of the magic of Ellis Peters’ descriptive prose, which brings an ancient era to full, rich life in the first 15.

This destructive editing surely would be no Cadfael reader’s choice, and I see no reason for it.

I am pushing on, purchasing the truncated versions, but not happily; far too much is lost. And why? If I as a listener wish to hear the full 8 or more hours of a richly penned Cadfael adventure, why must I settle for a bare 3-hour version skeletonized by some editor who prefers brevity to imagination?

Left out of the hands of whatever editor was willing to strip them bare of the character development, relationships, 12th Century English culture, history, lifestyle and environment, the Cadfael novels are more than highly enjoyable. Boiled down by more than than half by such merciless editing, they are unremarkable reports.

This Audible listener would never have been captivated enough to avidly buy and listen as far as book 16, had the first 15 narrations she purchased been so abbreviated.

This is no criticism of Sir Derek Jacobi, the actor who narrates the digest versions; he reads what he was given to read, and he does what he can with it.

I would like to see Audible commission a narrator at least as talented as Jacobi, Tull, or some of the amazingly excellent English actors who have succeeded so well in bringing the works of various well-known authors of English mystery series to life, to properly re-narrate the unabridged Cadfael series, starting with those so sadly slashed (16 through 20). Those who enjoy Audible books should never be disappointed in this way.

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  • Lorraine Poirier
  • 14-12-12

Jacobi is Cadfael

If you could sum up Potter's Field in three words, what would they be?

Benedictine, detailed, historical

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cadfael, of course, because he's the reason we read the story.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Everything. Every single thing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, nothing extreme.

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  • Tomw
  • 16-04-12

Poor Reading

Is there anything you would change about this book?

New reader. Between his accent and trying to read so fast, I could not understand much of it.

How could the performance have been better?

Much better. Read slower and more distinctly.

Was Potter's Field worth the listening time?

As a story, yes. Difficult to listen to.