Thanks Old Mariner for a very nice review! I just bought this game and it's sitting on my desk as we speak, just waiting for me to install it. I was torn between it, Drac 3, and Outcry, but after reading your review I think I'll give the Abbey a try first. I love stuff about this time in history and I don't mind long dialogues; they make me feel like I'm really "in" the game and I think they give games more depth as well.
Anyway, thanks again for your thumbs up--I'm off to give this a try.