Ellis Peters is the author behind the medieval super-sleuth Brother Cadfael. Ellis’ novels perfectly capture all the grit and hardship of life in the 12th Century, creating intriguing mysteries set against a backdrop of detailed historical accuracy. Cadfael’s most famous incarnation was played by Hollywood star and theatrical giant, Sir Derek Jacobi. However, the late, great Philip Madoc lends his sepulchral Welsh tones to these audiobooks for MP3, which are also available on CD format.
These BBC Drama recordings are as vibrant as they were when they were first recorded. Philip Madoc, star of numerous Dr Who stories and fondly remembered for his part as the U-Boat Captain in Dad’s Army, gives his Cadfael a gravity and resonance that makes him all the more accessible. In spite of this, Cadfael’s enquiring mind and almost child-like zest for life is still very much in evidence. The central performance is ably supported by other respected actors, including Susannah York and Michael Kitchen.
The Cadfael novels not only recreate the struggles of medieval life in a monastery, but also expertly weave in the duplicitous world of politics and the rigid and unforgiving religious aspect of the time. Gritty and strangely beautiful, these compelling audiobooks are a must for anyone with even a passing interest in historical crime fiction.
Brother Cadfael Mysteries: Dead Man's Ransom (BBC Radio Crimes)
Reader: Michael Kitchen
A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Ellis Peters' thrilling mystery featuring medieval monk Brother Cadfael.It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud...£1.99 £9.19£4.97 £13.25
Brother Cadfael Mysteries: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes)
Reader: Douglas Hodge
Philip Madoc stars as wily medieval sleuth Brother Cadfael in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization.Shrewsbury, 1139. The bloody civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud has swept...£2.99 £9.19£6.62 £13.25
Brother Cadfael Mysteries: Monk's Hood (BBC Radio Crimes)
Reader: Full Cast
A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation starring Philip Madoc as medieval monk and wily sleuth Brother Cadfael.After the violence of spring, when the civil war between Stephen and Maud swept through the...£2.99 £9.19