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

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-01-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (47 ratings)


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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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 21-01-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa Wells on 28-03-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 09-04-12

Radio play.

What did you love best about Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes)?

I had read the book years ago, but had forgotten a lot of the details. I really enjoyed revisiting the story in the form of a radio play!

What I liked best was Ellis Peter's (the author's) ability to recreate the thinking of the time, and the cultural differences between people then and now - while also showing that human nature has not really changed at all, over the centuries. This story also clearly shows the real dangers of winter, in the days before house insulation and central heating, and brings to life the difficulties ordinary people experienced during that period of history.

What did you like best about this story?

As a detective story, the clues are there for the listener, but not too obvious, so that the final outcome is not easy to guess. It keeps you interested right to the end.

Which character – as performed by Philip Madoc – was your favorite?

Of course I like Cadfael, and Philip Madoc's performance as the veteran soldier turned monk was very good. But I have always really liked the character of Hugh Beringar, the Deputy Sherriff, and the actor in this play gave a good interpretation of this character, too.

Any additional comments?

Ellis Peters has created very believable characters, and the time and place in which the Cadfael series is set comes alive as you listen (or read). She has a compassionate touch, and great understanding of human nature.

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