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Publisher's Summary

Celebrating the 100th birthday of the world's favorite amateur sleuth, Father Brown! 

This is a new edition of the first collection of G. K. Chesterton's masterful mysteries, The Innocence of Father Brown. Contains 12 thrilling tales, including "The Blue Cross", "The Invisible Man", and "The Sins of Prince Saradine".

The audiobook is expertly narrated by British actor Nigel Peever, who brings to life Father Brown and all of Chesterton's marvelous characters.

©2009 Chesterton Books (P)2018 Chesterton Books

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  • DivaC
  • 24-12-2018

Nice visit with the father

The Audio version is a well spoken narrative and a really good story too boot.If your a fan of the tv Father Brown, you just might enjoy this a lot. Even if you've never seen the TV Show you'll enjoy this audio version immensely so when you get a chance pick up a copy and enjoy.

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  • Ivy Moore
  • 02-01-2019

wonderful narrator

I've read the Father Brown series numerous times so the fact that I'm already a fan of G. K. Chesterton is well established. Father Brown is a character that has the ability to think like a criminal and yet hold onto his core of ethics. Father Brown is not a contemporary detective. This series was written some time ago (around the first world war) and so the stories reflect that era. One of my favorite things about this character is his wandering thoughts. He is more concerned with the repentance of the criminal rather than the prosecution of him.

Nigel Peever's voice is an excellent match for the Father Brown series. I wasn't sure what to expect as I have also listened to the dramatization and seen several TV versions of these books. I was pleasantly surprised. Peever creates different voices (and accents) for each character and yet he is easily able to capture that nostalgic feeling that you want to experience with this mystery series.

I also got a sense of the character's age which is wonderfully unique. His pacing, enunciation and breath control is excellent. His performance just feels effortless I think it's the sign of a skilled narrator when their performance allows you to forget you're being read to and focus on the story instead.


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  • travis arnold
  • 09-02-2021

chesterson strikes again

get out of here if u don't like father brown. the book is great highly recommend

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  • resol
  • 25-10-2020

Soothing narration

Nigel Peever's voice rivals that of George Guitar, 😃 such that he makes you believe or personifies Father Brown incarnate.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 24-11-2019

FANTASTIC STORIES & NARRATION

The Innocence. of. Father Brown..by.Chesterton
What a fantastic collection, the stories maybe from another era of time, and a few British words, we may not be use to. They still bring hours of enjoyment, and with the audio by Nigel Peever, they were superb.





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  • justkeepswimming
  • 08-07-2019

Excellent writing and narration

This story was excellently preformed. Chesterton spins beautiful sentences which made me want to push the 30 second rewind just to hear words said that way again. Father Brown makes philosophical and moral points along with his explanations which make the listener think about more than just the story. I loved it!

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  • KarenThornton
  • 02-12-2018

Chesterton's incredible mind brought to life

The Father Brown stories stand the test of time as classics to be enjoyed for generations. Nigel Prefer narrates the stories excellently, his British accent is clear and rich, perfect for this era.

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  • deafmick
  • 29-10-2019

This audio book is very good it's my first by G K Chesterton 5 out of 5 I have lots by Nigel prefer 5 out of 5

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  • Gillian M.
  • 05-11-2020

Good, but...

I enjoyed the clever plots and the quality of the writing, however, there were several references which are reflective of the era in which they were written and which may offend in our more enlightened times. The narration was expert but I found his languid pace irritating. I found it more tolerable once I had increased the speed to 1.3.

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