The Virgin in the Ice: Complete & Unabridged (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) Audio Cassette – 1 Aug 1997
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Charming and humorously told. (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.See all Product Description
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Whilst in Ludlow, Cadfael also finds himself embroiled in the hunt for a party of three young persons missing after the attacks on Worcester and known to be heading for Shrewsbury, at which destination they have failed to arrive. With a bitter freeze on hand and the winter's first snows, there are grave concerns for their safety and well-being. One of the three is subsequently found dead - obviously killed and dumped in a watery (now icy) grave on the very night that the good monk's patient was attacked.
Unlike many another Cadfael tale, this one moves along with a gripping sense of urgency and with a fair amount of tension and excitement building gradually as things proceed. It contains the usual Ellis Peters' meticulous attention to both historical and narrative detail and constitutes as riveting - and entertaining - a story as you are likely to find. As always, Cadfael is aware of details overlooked by others and never once loses sight of the smaller issues that are wont to become subsumed into the larger, weightier ones. He (and the regular reader) is provided with an unlooked-for reward in this volume, too.
This book has to be one of the very best of the Cadfael Chronicles and is unreservedly recommended for lovers of the genre. Its story line stands somewhat apart from others in the series, making it fairly unimportant where it is read in the sequence.
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.Read more ›
I'm glad I did. This production is absolutely superb. It really captures the atmosphere of the piece - listen to it in a darkened room and you'll swear that you've been transported to medieval Shrewsbury. At one point it even succeeds in making you feel cold as the characters battle through a snowstorm!
The casting is spot on. Philip Madoc has a truly magnificent voice - listening to him is the aural equivalent of comfort food - and you can quite imagine why the townsfolk would head to his Cadfael with their problems. In addition the voice of Paddington Bear, Michael Hordern, is the narrator.
The story itself concerns the plight of 2 children who have been forced to flee Worcester during a battle between King Stephen and Empress Maud. The boy, Ives, turns up unharmed but his sister is nowhere to be found. Cadfael organises a search which leads to the discovery of a young woman's body, frozen beneath the ice. But the story has only just begun.
If you enjoy audiobooks then this will be a welcome addition to your collection. If not, then this might well be the tape to get you hooked.
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Really good. Enjoyed it very much. Cadfael books are consistently good.Published 2 months ago by Gill
Another book about Cadfael giving more information about his pre-monastic past. Once again a compassionate story set in a violent period of history highlighting the fact that good... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rosemary wilkinson
Bought as a result of seeing an old,old repeat on television .A beautifully written story full of drama and a thorough knowledge of the locale and history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by staffslass
Very good service. Abridged version but an adequate priduction as an audio play.Published 3 months ago by P. Peebles