Summary

Christmas, 1141 A.D. Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of Holy Cross (known as the Foregate), a man of presence, scholarship and discipline, but neither humility nor the common touch. When he is found drowned in the mill-pond, suspicion is cast in many directions, not least toward a young man who came in the priest's train, sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden. For he has little obvious priestly calling. Indeed, he soon attracts the friendship of a girl both beautiful and formidable.
To Brother Cadfael, once wordly, now dedicated, if gently cynical, is left the familiar task of sorting the complicated strands which define guilt and innocence.
©1986 by Ellis Peters (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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2 out of 5 stars
By Demeter on 18-08-13

Cadfael has become horribly English

What disappointed you about The Raven in the Foregate?

The story is good, I have read it and enjoyed it. The reader seems to be reading without understanding. These stories are set in 12th Century Shrewsbury close to the Welsh border. The hero, Cadfael is Welsh, yet he along with all the other characters bar one, is given an extremely well spoken, posh, English voice. Ugh!

Would you be willing to try another one of Vanessa Benjamin’s performances?

NO

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1 out of 5 stars
By Zero Wolf on 03-06-13

Avoid this narrator

This narrator is terrible, pronounces common words wrongly and gives male characters absurd booming voices...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 25-05-07

Brother Cadfael saves again...

Ellis Peters(she, by the way) puts us square into the 11th century with Brother Cadfael in his Shrewsbury Monastery. Good plot, but I find Vanessa a little hard to understand at times. Fair paced reading, though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JH Porter on 05-03-16

Good but where's the Welsh?

Vanessa Benjamin does not give Cadfael a Welsh inflection, as do Stephen Thorne and Roe Kendall.

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