• The Leper of St. Giles

  • The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (397 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing that a grand wedding is due to take place at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. As he arrives at Saint Giles, the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the groom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather. With his usual astuteness he suspects that this union may be more damned than blessed.

He is horrifically proved right when a savage murder disrupts the May-December marriage leaving Brother Cadfael with a dark and terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles, and Brother Cadfael's skills must diagnose a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul.

Investigate another medieval mystery with Brother Cadfael.
©1981 Ellis Peters (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • 02-10-10

Great story - well read

A good yarn that kept me interested throughout. At first I thought the narration was a bit slow, but after a while, I really liked it. The narrator does a great job of conveying the feeling of the novel.

I've enjoyed several Br. Cadfael books. Strongly recommended.

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I love this series

Where does The Leper of St. Giles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These books do a great job of capturing the Middle Ages, the monastic life, & the role the church played in every day life. Add to that great characters, good plots, early forensics, & a narrator whose voice fits the story perfectly, and what's not to love? (Note: I don't care much for the versions read by a woman, simply because there are SO many male characters that it just works better when read by a man.)

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Exciting and deeply moving

Would you listen to The Leper of St. Giles again? Why?

I will listen again, but not for a while. This is not a an upbeat story, it's an excellent story, but parts of it are very sad. I don't put myself through that all that often.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

That would spoil it for future readers! All I can say is that I would change the end.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Oh, yes, several others. He's an excellent reader/actor.

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

Can't think of a thing.

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Story and Narration superb

Another great tale by Ellis Peters of Brother Cadfael. These stories have become as comforting as a cup of tea and good chair. I delight in sitting and listening to Patrick Tull’e warm voice ebb and flow with the emotions of the plot.

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  • AJ
  • 09-17-20

Great mystery, great narration!

I've finally started getting into these Ellis Peters books. This one had a great story, solid plot, and the audiobook performance by Patrick Tull was perfect. I love Tull's grandfatherly voice and the way he tells the story like gramps reading a book to the kids by the fire.

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The leper

I like. Mysteries & the same core of characters; plus the descriptions of certain time periods!

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Audible Version Won't Work with Kindle!

The reason for my giving a low rating to this book is because this is the 5th Audible book in this wonderful series where the Audible doesn't match with the Kindle written version. I couldn't read along as I like on my Kindle Fire. The recording would stop everytime I attempted to read.. So now I will check my library or do without the Audible. The reader was excellent; I just couldn't follow along.

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The best recording

In my opinion this is the best recording of this splendid mystery. I would like to think Patrick Tull for rendering Edith Pargeter’s fine authorial work in a voice that sounds authentically medieval

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Loved the Addition of Young Bran

What did you love best about The Leper of St. Giles?

To date I've listened to the books out of order, and like this one best, but now will start with book 1 and continue. I love these books because there is enough "meat" to them that when listened to a second time, it doesn't feel like blah, blah, blah. They seem fresh and expose new details I missed in the first listen. The compassion and intelligence of most characters leaves me emotionally satisfied when I put the book down.

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Best of Series So Far

Outstanding all the way. Top 5 series in past 7 years. Patrick Tull best of Best.

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