• The Potter's Field

  • The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-07-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (29 ratings)


It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.
Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi narrates, using his thespian talents to bring the characters, suspense, and intrigue to life in this seventeenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael adventure.
Crack another case with Cadfael.
©1990 Ellis Peters (P)1996, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By bran on 22-10-17


Derek Jacobi does a marvellous job. brings the story alive. hope I can. get more of these.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roving eye for a good buy on 17-05-17

No new tale under the sun

It is, as are all the Cadfael Chronicles, perfectly executed and uses the English language with the precision of a surgeons scalpel rather than the clumsy bludgeon that it has sadly become.

The reading of this tale is utterly atmospheric and I would expect nothing less from one of the most prestigious members of the Royal Shakespeare Company it has ever had the good fortune to number.

Cadfael the self-effacing and studious worldly-wise hero transports us back to an era when rival royal factions battled for power in England and Wales was a kingdom in its own right with its own laws and customs. Long before our identity and culture were later to be violently suppressed by the Norman invaders, our history and stories re-written or dismissed at the whim of the newcomers and we were treated as strangers in our own lands.

I will not give any details of what happens in this story, if you really want to know then it is here for you to listen to and discover for yourself. It will certainly do you no harm to listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lorraine Poirier on 14-12-12

Jacobi is Cadfael

If you could sum up Potter's Field in three words, what would they be?

Benedictine, detailed, historical

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cadfael, of course, because he's the reason we read the story.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Everything. Every single thing.

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

No, nothing extreme.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tomw on 16-04-12

Poor Reading

Is there anything you would change about this book?

New reader. Between his accent and trying to read so fast, I could not understand much of it.

How could the performance have been better?

Much better. Read slower and more distinctly.

Was Potter's Field worth the listening time?

As a story, yes. Difficult to listen to.

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