• Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-20-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is nearing the end of the Year of Our Lord 1145. A monk vows to abandon all earthly ties, but how can Brother Cadfael obey when his son is captured in battle? Olivier de Bretagne is one of many young knights taken prisoner in the current power dispute in Britain, but he is also Cadfael's son, and the monk cannot be objective. A council is planned at Coventry to try to appease the warring factions, and Brother Cadfael asks leave to attend, knowing he must do all in his power to find and deliver his son. This most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peters's novels is filled with excitement, intrigue, and a meticulously depicted medieval background.
Tony Award winning actor, Derek Jacobi, performs the narration, lending a powerful voice to this twentieth chronicle of Brother Cadfael.
©1994 Ellis Peters (P)1995, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By Joanna on 10-18-12

Disappointed in Abridged

I Love this series. I am just disappointed that this recording is an abridged version. I wish I could get the whole series, unabridged, and read by Patrick Tull.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By s on 03-05-13

Medievil mystery greats

What made the experience of listening to The Brother Cadfael's Penance the most enjoyable?

Derek Jacobi is a superb actor who is able to bring all his talent into his voice for this superb performance of a wonderful story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Cadfael - cause he is a real 'mensch'

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Jacobi is familiar with this character so he brings much humanity and authenticity to the performance.

If you could take any character from The Brother Cadfael's Penance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Brother Cadfael - want to hear about how it was during the crusades.

Any additional comments?

Ellis Peters novels are always wonderful and historically correct.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 06-05-11

Not good

Sadly the essence of this story has been lost in the abridging. The essential individuality of the main characters and the attention to detail such as the minutae of everyday medieval life and seasons is absent. Read the book

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nonie on 02-07-15

excellent

this was a wonderful story, I thoroughly recommend it. what an amazing time I had lost in this time of cadfael

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynette on 05-27-16

A Great Listen

A fabulous presentation so well delivered by Derek Jacobi. A great way to enjoy this excellent book.

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