• The Virgin in the Ice

  • The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
  • Series: Brother Cadfael, Book 6
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-24-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (105 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an 18-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun. But the trio, never reaching Shrewsbury, have disappeared somewhere in the wild countryside.
Cadfael feels afraid these three lost lambs, but another call for help sends him to the Church of Saint Mary. A wounded monk, found naked and bleeding by the roadside, will surely die without Cadfael's healing arts. Why this holy man has been attacked and what his fevered ravings reveal soon give Brother Cadfael a clue to the fate of the missing travelers. Now Cadfael sets out on a dangerous quest to find them. The road will lead him to a chill and terrible murder and a tale of passion gone awry. And at journey's end awaits a vision of what is best, and worst, in humankind...in Ellis Peters's most stunning depiction yet of love and war.
©1982 by Ellis Peters (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Pixie Spritely on 01-07-10

Excellent story, narrator a bit rough

Having listened to Ward narrate the previous books, I really can't listen to Benjamin's voices for male characters. She sounds as though she's telling a story to little children and using her "big bad wolf" gruff voice. I shall repurchase this title with the Thorne narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vivian on 01-06-04

THE BEST

I have listen to a lot of Ellis Peters', Brother Cadfael books and this is my favorite so far. Reader is very good. Look forward to downloading the 2 or 3 Ellis Peters i do not have.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 05-13-13

Good story, problemswith the narration.

Fans of Cadfael will enjoy the story. The only problem is the narrator. She reads the story line well but can't pull off a "male voice" and as most of the characters are male it rather sounds a bit silly.

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2 out of 5 stars
By shirley on 01-24-14

disappointing in parts not a clear download

Would you try another book written by Ellis Peters or narrated by Vanessa Benjamin?

no i don't think so these stories are best read my a man

What did you like best about this story?

the cadfael stories are always good

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Benjamin?

derick jacobi

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

no reaction

Any additional comments?

i have always enjoyed books on tape or cd i found this one not as enjoyable as my others

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3 out of 5 stars
By Aileen on 06-02-14

medieval mystery tour

I always enjoy the Brother Cadfael mysteries, as long as I don't listen to them one after the other - the utterly formulaic nature of the writing becomes irritating. There is something very soothing and engaging about these books, and the Virgin in the Ice is very typical of the series.
The narrator has a nice voice, but she give Cadfael a very posh, pompous upper class accent. This is really a strange choice, given that Cadfael is very Welsh (a fact that is repeatedly commented on in the narrative) and very down-to-earth. The accent and characterisation is completely wrong for him. I found that jarring throughout the book.
Otherwise, a nice, fun mystery that unfolds gently.

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