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Summary

Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

A feisty rabble-rouser is encouraging the poor to rise up against their overlords, the abbey is at war with a powerful goldsmith and his army of mercenaries, and there are bitter rivalries between competing shrines. One shrine is dedicated to Lawrence de Oxforde, a vicious felon who was executed for his crimes, but who has been venerated after miracles started occurring at his grave. However, it is not long before murder rears its head, and its first victim is Joan, the woman in charge of Oxforde's tomb...

©2013 Susannah Gregory (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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hate this narrator

i hate this narrator and would have skipped this book as i did two othes in thus series had i noticed..

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An entertaining mystery

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Abbot the most enjoyable?

Susanna Gregory's amusing and descriptive style of writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Abbot?

The climax at the end of the story where the reader/listener discovers who was really the bad guy!

What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?

He reads well and in a manner entirely suited to the story and the author's style of writing.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'm afraid I have no idea!

Any additional comments?

Susanna Gregory isn't for everyone; my husband finds her books too full of tiny details but they make me laugh out loud, especially when she attributes various comical opinions to Matthew Bartholomew and I can just picture the look on his face at the antics of his colleagues.

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Confusing

Susanna Gregory’s books are always convoluted and David Thorpe as a narrator simplifies because he makes each character distinct, unfortunately this narrator makes every character sound the same so the plot becomes difficult to follow. Please bring back David Thorpe.

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sadly not the same reader

I really enjoy Susan Gregory's books but I wish there was some consistency as the whole thing about listening to stories for me is to be able to picture in your mind your characters. If only those filling in for a reader would listen to the books that had gone before and match the nuances then I wouldn't be so disappointed when they change over. I find the reader in this case really changes the characters and that ruins the whole thing as far as I'm concerned.

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Good story, poor narration.

I have listened to all the audiobooks in this series so far and the narration in this one was poor compared to those by David Thorpe, who defines the characters expertly. Where the narrator in this book differs is that his characters all sound the same making for a difficult listen. Overall a good story spoilt a little by the narrator.

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Brilliant reading of a brilliant book

I loved the book and the recording is great quality. Not sure the voice of Brother Michael is right though!

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Entertaining and Escapist reading.

These books should be renamed Medieval Midsomer Murders! I do enjoy them , although Matthew and Michael's ability to escape and evade murder is becoming increasingly unbelievable. I was a bit disappointed with the narrator, as I was so used to the previous one who had narrated most of the others. A little criticism is the repeated use of "ergo" and "slunk" , and perhaps the frequent "let's go over what we know" !

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Further Awakening and Possibilities

There is a distinct feeling from this novel of an increased momentum and the real possibilities of change. It is there right from the ‘Prologue’. This is much valued. Set in Peterborough, the plot is authentically Susanna Gregory and the high number of characters, deaths and a very busy unravelling. The audiobook is well read by Andrew Wincott, though his reading does tend to make things sound more serious and grounded than the regular audio-book performer, David Thorpe. You wonder whether there is any sense in those commissioning audio-books as to whether they ever act as editors/directors shaping the way they would like their readers to perform the work. It would be a great help if they did.

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Bad narration

The story is good, the narrator is not. Avoid all books narrated by this guy

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Good story, but I really missed David Thorpe narration

I love this series of books. Andrew Wincott has a lovely voice, however I love the way David Thorpe portrays each character, so I really struggled with this one. Until I listened to this book I didn’t appreciate how important the narrator is. I kept reading this one as I really wanted to find out more about Mathilda, plus the story as always was I intriguing.