The Brother Cadfael stories really tell themselves, but I say read because even though I listen to the story, I am still reading but with my mind's eye. This story stand up on it's own, very good detail about how life was at that time, giving the people actual thoughts as well as actions. A insight into how the working man's position was although he was skilled in his trade. Also how women were looked down on, but still had to do any job multi-tasking for women has always been there but it's only recently that it has been reconnised.
Very enjoyable for either gender if a good book is wanted.