The Inquisitor's Tale

  • by Adam Gidwitz
  • Narrated by Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm takes on medieval times in an exciting and hilarious new adventure about history, religion, and farting dragons.
It's 1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte...recently brought back from the dead.
As the narrator collects their tales, the story of these three unlikely allies begins to come together. Their adventures take them on a chase through France to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned. They're taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. And as their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
Beloved best-selling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long-awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Filled with Adam's trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that's richly researched and adventure packed.
Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey.
Features medieval music performed by Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia.

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Interesting but religious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was recommended this title off of my Secular homeschooling list. However it is far from secular and far from just being an exploration of different faiths. It is very religious and it does require the reader/listener to suspend belief enough to believe in miracles and a god. That being said it is a great tale. VERY violent so if you have a child who is easily disturbed (I do not) be aware that heads get bashed in, a donkey gets his leg ripped off, and so on. The story begins with the death of a dog even.


Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Gidwitz? Why or why not?

Maybe. My kids really liked it.


Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Hmm probably the little nun. I don't think we are ever given her name. Just her penchant for ale and a good tale.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe if the correct person did it and kept the religious themes toned down.


Any additional comments?

Good for kids if they are ok with violence with a side of god. My kids liked it, the fight scenes, the kids running from the law, all of that was entertaining. The idea of risking so much for what they felt was not worth the loss of human life was a bit harder for them but in the sake of fiction they were ok. At the end the author explains the historical parts which influenced the events and THAT was very interesting. There really was a dog considered for saint hood at one time.

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- SerenityH

Engaging story, great voice acting, wonderful addition to our family study of medieval Europe!

So glad we chose this book to listen to as we traveled across country! Engaging, thoughtful, funny at times; The Inquisitor's Tale is a perfect addition to our study of medieval Europe. I especially loved the prologue from the author giving insight into the historical accuracy of some of the details in the book, as well as the rendition of The Tale of Hildebrand. Well done!
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- Corey Hulen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: Listening Library