David Thorpe's narration is sublime in this first installment of 23 mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, who teaches medicine at Cambridge University in the fourteenth century. Thorpe masters the accents of the scholars, townsfolk, and servants. Bartholomew discovers an insidious plot between Cambridge and Oxford--each attempting to discredit the other--at the same time as the outbreak of the Black Death. Striking descriptions enhance each scene as Bartholomew tries to save lives and understand the murderous plot. It's painful to hear the suffering of those afflicted with the plague and their agonizing treatments. Listeners can almost see and smell the town due to the sharp historical details. Bartholomew is a sympathetic character who will have listeners cheering for him. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2018]
Trade Ed. ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings 2018
CD ISBN 9781407967349 $99.95 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4079-6735-6 $99.95 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $20.65
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