©1986 by Ellis Peters; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
What a trite and paltry vocal characterisation of Brother Cadfael. Please please, unless you have acting and voice training do not attempt voice changes for an author's book characters. You will not succeed - have not succeeded.
"Brother Cadfael saves again..."
Ellis Peters(she, by the way) puts us square into the 11th century with Brother Cadfael in his Shrewsbury Monastery. Good plot, but I find Vanessa a little hard to understand at times. Fair paced reading, though.
"Good but where's the Welsh?"
Vanessa Benjamin does not give Cadfael a Welsh inflection, as do Stephen Thorne and Roe Kendall.
"Ellis Peters keeps you guessing until the end."
Not better but I enjoy having them both
Brother Cadfael is right up there with all the great literary detectives. The books give you a feel for life in medieval times but makes human nature seem truly timeless
A very nice performance I don't think any of the other books were performed by a women actor but she was able to believable perform all of the parts well both male and female. Characters were given distinctive voices.
It is in it's way a Christmas story so the parts that take place on Christmas Eve were among my favorites.
"A bit of a disappointment"
Derek Jacobi would have lifted this to the top for me.
The Narrater did not do this story justice for me unfortunately.
Yes, but it would have to be a different genre to historical mysterys.
"Cadfael has become horribly English"
The story is good, I have read it and enjoyed it. The reader seems to be reading without understanding. These stories are set in 12th Century Shrewsbury close to the Welsh border. The hero, Cadfael is Welsh, yet he along with all the other characters bar one, is given an extremely well spoken, posh, English voice. Ugh!
"Avoid this narrator"
This narrator is terrible, pronounces common words wrongly and gives male characters absurd booming voices...
"poor quality sound"
the sound quality of this recording is awful, the performance off the reader was completely spoiled by it.
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