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The Virgin in the Ice: Complete & Unabridged (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) Audio Cassette – 1 Aug 1997

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Word for Word Audio Books (1 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754075028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754075028
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,665,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charming and humorously told. (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In his sixth chronicle Brother Cadfael is again caught up with the effects of civil war when two orphans disappear in the winter storms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio Cassette
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE VIRGIN IN THE ICE.

This is the 6th book in the Brother Cadfael series. Ellis Peters had hit her stride. A great central character- on who each story hangs- great setting a largely not well know period of English History The `Civil' war between King Stephen and The Empress Maud and .

The fact that the period is now much better know is largely down to Peters.

She writes well paced and interesting stories.

Now the majority of her stories are `Whodunits' but this is not really that type. Never the less it is a cracking tale and moves at a brisk pace.

Three people are- missing. One a young Lord- Ives, his sister a noted dark haired beauty and their guardian- a young Benedictine Nun.

One of them is found dead- frozen in an iced covered stream- the Virgin of the title.

We know who has done it but the book and tale twist and turns as there is a race against time to discover the remaining two of the trio.

Now to this production.

It's dramatized by the BBC- always a hall mark of excellence.

The story is in place in full and moves at a really satisfyingly brisk pace that really conveys the race against time to discover the remaining two of the trio.

Bert Coules has really done a fine job in his dramatizing of the book.

The late Phillip Madoc is simply wonderful he really is THE Brother Cadfael. His fine Welsh accent is to my ear exactly how I expected Brother Cadfael to sound.

Don't get me wrong the televised version of Cadfael with Derek Jacobi was good but I, along with many others believe that Madoc would have been the better.- We will now, of course never know but we are left with this splendid series on Audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The perfect companion for all historical fiction enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury, is a little more complex than its predecessors and hence more interesting.

The spirited young woman, her bold, handsome champion, one or more menacing malefactors, and at least one duplicitous transgressor are becoming familiar staples of the plot. This particular entry also affords us a very young hero-in-the-making, a tormented soul who counts himself among the lost, and a battle scene with considerably more sword action than we usually find in stories of men of the cloister. The plot skillfully evades predictability while still remaining solidly anchored in the physical and sociopolitical landscape of twelfth-century England.

Ample description also contributes to atmosphere and to a sense of vivid presence. The deep wintry setting of this episode raises gusts of frosty chill from the page.

In the course of the unfolding of a plot from the point of view of a medieval monastic, the author creates opportunities for fitting interludes of reflection and contemplation. These add depth to the storytelling as well as to the character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the 6th book in the Brother Cadfael series. Ellis Peters had hit her stride. A great central character- on who each story hangs- great setting and a largely not well know period of English History The `Civil' war between King Stephen and The Empress Maud.

The fact that the period is now much better know is largely down to Peters.

All the great series of books have that essential - a character on who the action hangs.

Think of Arthur Conan-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Peter's Cadfael is in that genre.

Ellis Peters writes well paced and interesting stories.

Firstly you do not have to have read the preceding 5 to get the full benefit. Nothing in the 5 is needed to understand and `get' the plot.

Now the majority of her stories are `Whodunits' but this is not really that type. Never the less it is a cracking tale and moves at a brisk pace.

Three people are- missing. One a young Lord- Ives, his sister a noted dark haired beauty and their guardian- a young Benedictine Nun. There father was a noted supporter on the Empress Maud and they are at large in King Stephen supporting lands.

One of them is found dead- frozen in an iced covered stream- the Virgin of the title.

We know who has done it but the book and tale twist and turns as there is a race against time to discover the remaining two of the trio.

The story moves along at a really satisfying pace.

If you love Cadfael books, the TV series or good historical fiction then this is a really great book to read.

Recommended.
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