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Great culture, great history of Cadfael and Remigus, (the Woman) Larriping good story
and excellent ending. Prior Robert and Borther Jerome in the thick of things. A repeater.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really, really liked the book, but I LOVE Cadfael. Cadfael gets ten stars. These books may be classified as stand-alones,but I believe you should read them in order, starting with the second book. Why? Because it is important to know who each one of the characters really is, their souls, what makes them tick, how they think and behave. In book two I came to understand who Beringar was. Book three has now taught me, showed me, who Cadfael is. I have seen the choices he makes, and I absolutely love him. I wish I had had this knowledge before I tackled the later books. Personally I think you can skip the first, or go back and read that when you want o fill in lost details because you know you love the whole series.
Super narration by Stephen Thorne.
One more thing. I guessed who the murderer was after two or three chapters, but you do not read these books to "solve the mystery". You read them to be with people you admire and respect. You read to see how they will deal with what is thrown in their path. The books let you escape into a completely different world. Is this why I less often enjoy picking up books set in modern times?
I really enjoyed this book; I do not want to leave Shrewsbury so I will move on to "Virgin in the Ice". I have read all the books between this and that one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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I listened to a lot of the Stephen Thorne recordings of Cadfael years ago during a long illness, and they were an enormous source of pleasure. Re-listening to this one, and the other two which are available on Audible, was just as good as the first time. His voice and style is perfect for this material, so that listening to him is much better than reading the book. He is also WAY better than Johanna Ward who reads a lot of the other Cadfael recordings on here.
I do wish Audible would offer all the rest of the the Stephen Thorne readings of Cadfael. I have been waiting for them to do so for ages, but there's no sign of it. Pleeeease, pretty please!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
One of a brilliant series. Mediaeval England made as cosy as a teapot, with an endearing cast of characters.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful