The Raven in the Foregate

The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Letto da: Vanessa Benjamin
Durata: 7 ore e 7 min
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Sintesi dell'editore

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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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • SewNew61
  • 25/05/2007

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JH Porter
  • 05/03/2016

Good but where's the Welsh?

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

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 16/08/2012

Ellis Peters keeps you guessing until the end.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Raven in the Foregate to be better than the print version?

Not better but I enjoy having them both

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brother Cadfael is right up there with all the great literary detectives. The books give you a feel for life in medieval times but makes human nature seem truly timeless

What about Vanessa Benjamin’s performance did you like?

A very nice performance I don't think any of the other books were performed by a women actor but she was able to believable perform all of the parts well both male and female. Characters were given distinctive voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is in it's way a Christmas story so the parts that take place on Christmas Eve were among my favorites.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 07/05/2012

A bit of a disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Derek Jacobi would have lifted this to the top for me.

What was most disappointing about Ellis Peters’s story?

The Narrater did not do this story justice for me unfortunately.

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

Yes, but it would have to be a different genre to historical mysterys.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Demeter
  • 18/08/2013

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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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Zero Wolf
  • 03/06/2013

Avoid this narrator

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

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • spiralqueen
  • 30/09/2020

Poor quality sound file lets this down

The story is good and the reading is ok to good. Ms Benjamin reads well and at a good tempo. Her interpretation of the male voice passages may not be to everyone’s taste and wasn’t to mine at first but I became accustomed to it and found I could appreciate the rest of her reading skills. What really lets this down is that the sound file is of awful quality. There is a real reduction in top end which causes a significant loss of clarity and with little bass to speak of the vocal quality really suffers hugely. So much so that I can only use certain headphones and can’t listen in a noisy environment or in a busy ambience without noise reduction as the lack of clarity on the consonants means it is entirely lost. As a sound tech of some experience I can’t understand why this poor frequency range of the audio file hasn’t been addressed as it is a very significant issue. It could and should be much cleaner as a sound file.

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Praxis
  • 09/09/2020

Terrible narrator! STEPHEN THORNE’s Cadfael PLEASE

Stephen Thorne narrated ALL 21 Cadfael novels beautifully (unabridged on audiotape). His accents are brilliant & he patently understands the social / political interactions of the time. His clear & beautiful voice IS Cadfael! Joanna David does a decently good job with a pleasant voice. Vanessa plainly has no real understanding of times, characters, or accents & an abrasive voice for this kind of story. I never actually managed to tolerate listening to the whole of her narration for Raven in the Foregate or Virgin in the Ice & sadly have now gone way beyond return date (My birthday money burns a hole & I sometimes buy things without time to listen....)

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel Baker
  • 06/09/2020

Poor quality sound recording

I tired this as part of my free 30 days trial but if I had bought it, due to the muffled sound quality and the price, I'd have asked for my money back!

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/09/2019

poor sound quality

This sounds like an old recording and therefore is not up to standard. There are background noises and variations in volume. The narrator does no justice to Cadfael or the other characters her being wooden and lacking in pace or warmth. BUT being a huge fan and having read the book many years ago, it was worth revisiting.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • R. J. Bartlett
  • 30/09/2017

Another great who done it by Cadfael

Really enjoyed the story just let down by the characterisation of the voices of Brother Cadfael and Hugh. Other than those the narration was good.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ziggarillo
  • 11/02/2015

poor quality sound

the sound quality of this recording is awful, the performance off the reader was completely spoiled by it.