Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes)

  • by Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by Philip Madoc
  • 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shrewsbury, 1139. The bloody civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud has swept through the country towards the rural security of Brother Cadfael’s monastery. The citizens of Worcester have fled, among them two orphaned children of noble stock, together with their tutor, a young nun. A Benedictine monk in whose care Lady Ermina and her brother Ives were left, comes to the Abbey to ask if the children have been seen. Although it would be hard to miss Ermina, a young girl of striking beauty, no one has seen the missing pair or their companion. Cadfael sets off to lead the search for the missing trio, through the rugged wastes of snowbound Shropshire, following an elusive trail across a lawless land - until the discovery of the body of a young woman, frozen beneath the ice, adds a chilling new dimension to their journey. Starring Philip Madoc, Sir Michael Hordern and Douglas Hodge and dramatised by Bert Coules.

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The Virgin in the Ice

Where does Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better books. Good telling although I think overall I prefer a reading to a dramatisation.


What did you like best about this story?

Classic Cadfael - keeps you guessing. Well written characters in an interesting historical period.


What does Philip Madoc bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Philip Madoc's Cadfael is stronger, a little rougher around the edges than Jacobi's version - more believably a soldier and definitely more of a welshman


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No tears - its not that kind of story, but the little twist at the end is an emotional moment


Any additional comments?

This is a story I know very well and there was one niggle that while small is repeated so often that it might discourage me from repeated listening. I have never heard the boy's name Yves Hugonin given anything other than it's French pronunciation (Eeve HUgonin); but for some reason this version used Iyves huGOnin which just clunked every time it was used - and it's used a LOT!

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- Amazon Customer

outstanding performance!

I have always been a fan of these books and the performances in these recordings add depth. highly recommended.
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- Melissa Wells

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2012
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited