In the beautiful, savage islands of Wefrivain, four teenagers struggle to learn the answers to questions that will reshape their world. Before they became legends, they were just kids.
Secret Things is a collection of four stories about characters from The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series - Thessalyn, Silveo, Lu, and Gwain. Whether you're a fan of the books or a newcomer, these tales of redemption, dysfunction, mystery, and wonder will entertain and surprise you.
While these stories are not overtly explicit, they are sometimes harrowing and are not intended for children.
Stories included are "Sky Dance", "Professionals", "Chemistry", and "The Secret".
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I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who has enjoyed the Cowry Catcher series. It could serve as an introduction to the world, and the author does a good job of filling in what you need to know. However, I think the stories are much more enjoyable if you have an understanding of the world and characters. It makes the in-jokes so much more fun when you know where things go later!
I love all the stories in the collection, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Professionals, for the simple fact that it is a full-cast performance. It was a joy to hear Norm Sherman voice Sylvio again--with a wonderful audio quality that made him sound like a younger version of himself that really added to the realism of the story.
Part of what is enjoyable about this collection is that it is not just Abigail Hilton reading the stories. Having a full-cast story and Christ Lester reading Gwain's story make this a true performance, which added to my enjoyment immensely. Abbie's reading is clear and well-produced. Having the author read a story always makes me feel like I am getting closer to the story, since I can hear inflections, pacing, etc. that tell me I am hearing the story the way it was intended to be heard.
The climax of Sky Dance makes me cry every time I hear it. It is incredibly moving and beautiful and evokes deep emotions. Wonderfully written!
I loved this book for the depth it adds to the experience of the Cowry Catcher series. Highly recommended!
I have listened to this set of stories several times, and once again today. This is a set of stories from The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series. If you are a fan of the series, it is like hanging out with friends and talking about their histories. Even reliving it through the sounds and music.
One of the characters is blind. listening from her point of view, you feel equally encumbered. It is a neat sensation that you don't get much in a book. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Probably Gwain was my favorite in this collection, with his booky antics and his curiosity of learning... It was nice to relive his memories from his journal writings.
Perhaps "Learning the Secrets About Wyverns"
I haven't read the print version, but I can only believe that the audio effects enhance already excellent stories.
Given this is a collection, there's a nice variety of story tone here. My favorite is Sky Dance, where the selection of music at key points provided the perfect emotional tone to the scenes (especially the culminating scene near the end, which has a special poignancy given its tie in to the Cowry Catchers book).
Yes, I've listened to Prophet of Panamindorah, Hunters Unlucky, and Guild of the Cowry Catchers. This book's presentation is most like Cowry Catchers (reasonable given it directly connects to that novel), which is to say excellently voiced and produced.
I wouldn't rename it, I think the name it has is most appropriate and I'd be hard pressed to find one better.
My favorite story is Sky Dance. I loved hearing about Thessalyn's past, as well as some of her less formal education.
Since starting with Prophet of Panamindorah, I've always loved Abbie's narration. I was reluctant to listen to Cowry Catchers for a while because I was afraid I wouldn't like the full cast as much. I was pleasantly surprised with Cowry Catchers. Secret Things is a nice mix of Abbie's narration and some of the cast from Cowry Catchers reprising their roles.
I highly recommend this collection for readers of the Cowry Catchers. If you haven't started any Panamindorah stories, I'd recommend starting Cowry Catchers, just to get a better sense of the world and the characters in these stories. Understanding Basil, Silveo, and Lu's relationships come much more clearly with both Cowry Catchers and Secret Things, but that wouldn't be quite as strong starting here.
As a huge fan of the Cowry Catchers this collection is a real treat. I have loved these characters for many years,getting a look into their past is wonderful. I found Sky Dance absolutely enchanting. The choice of music,as well as Abbie's signature way of allowing the listener to feel connected with the characters,made this a pleasure to listen to. Professionals,Chemistry and Secret Things all were fantastic works. Getting to learn more about our favorite little foxling,Lu,Basil and Gwains infectious curiosity made these stories a fun experience to hear. I particularly enjoyed hearing Abbie,Norm Sherman and Chris Lester narrate the different stories.
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I am a fan of the Panamindorah stories in general but I enjoy them most often during my rather lengthy commute. I am a believer in having the author read their own work, where possible, as they have the best grasp on the characterization & plot.
I could draw a few parallels between Secret Things other author-read anthology pieces, but Crossroads (the first of Abigail Hilton's Guild of the Cowry Catchers short story compilations) is the obvious choice.
Abigail's insight into characterization and her attention to production detail makes Secret Things a delightful listen.
Definitely! (I've listened to Chemistry 3 times now.) Each of these stories are funny, witty, heart-wrenching looks into the lives of Cowry Catchers characters that I love. This collection gives a lot of backstory, so it's a real treat for people who have already read the series. Each story stands strong on its own as well, making for a good way to get your friends to catch the Panamindorah bug!
Abigail Hilton's first collection, Crossroads, is a collection of Panamindorah stories as well, but with some of the stories revolving around characters from "The Prophet of Panamindorah" (Another excellent read.)
Another would be "Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories" by Garth Nix, or "Tortall and Other Lands" by Tamora Pierce, both with similar exploration of characters in an amazing world.
The audio has a well blended mix of music and sound effects, and Abigail Hilton has a great cast reading. It makes it that much easier to get lost in the world of the characters.
Lu and Silveo are tied for first place, but all the others come close second. "Chemistry" shows Silveo's and Lu's young selves, and their sweet, dangerous relationship. Seeing Basil and Silveo through Lu's eyes is fun and revealing.
Absolutely. I already have, in fact. I've always found Abigail Hilton's works to reward multiples visits, and these stories were no exception, with subtle moments revealing more than we had originally thought.
I always enjoy learning more about characters I have come to love, and these tales aim to please. Some stories told of events previously referenced in passing, while others show events that were never shared at all. Some even set the scene for expanding on the world beyond the characters.
I have listened to both of Abigail Hilton's epic fantasy series to date. She always excels in both in narrative and performance. I am a particular fan of full-cast audio, which is how she produced The Guild of the Cowry Catchers - the place we are first introduced to these characters.
As they are prequels of a sort - pivotal moments in the lives of friends we know - I never feared for the life of the characters.
When taking death off the table makes the potential outcomes worse, you know the author is serious.
You will get far more from these stories if you have read The Guild of the Cowry Catchers first, but it is well worth reading in its own right.
If you do jump into the deep end, I'm confident you will still enjoy the stories - just be warned that Panamindorah is not our world, and you may feel some slight disorientation at first.
I really enjoyed the use of different narrators for the various stories. It really made them come alive for me. I was so thrilled by this audiobook because I am a huge fan of the Cowry Catchers series, and these stories provide great insight into the characters and storyline. I particularly liked the story about Lu.
All of Abigail Hiltons audio books are wonderfully produced, with top notch narration and this does not disappoint.
I listed to this on a long car ride...and then listened to it again on the way back! It was that great.
I would say that this is essential listening for any fans of the Cowry Catchers series, but it would also be super as a stand alone work for an introduction to the world.
Yes. I actually have listened to these stores at least once already and they're still enjoyable.
This gave the characters I've come to know from Panamindorah greater depth and more importantly, understanding. To know the circumstances that shape these characters allows them to really come to life.
Thessalyn from the first story of the collection, "Sky Dance". Particularly when Abigail Hilton performs a part of the story that had me anguished and near to tears with empathy. Glad I was alone for that one.
The secrets that made them who they are.
Where's volume 3?
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