©1995 Mary Stewart; (P)2009 Phoenix
"Rose Fenemore is a tutor of English at one of the Cambridge colleges; she also writes poetry and now needs an "ivory tower"' retreat. Brother Crispin promises to join her for a holiday on the Scottish island of Moila but is delayed. Alone in her cottage, Rose is at first terrified, then angry and puzzled, by the night arrivals--separately--of two men....For Stewart's many followers, a pleasant armchair holiday in a wild and lovely landscape." (Kirkus Reviews)
Mary Stewart's later titles just don't have the character or plot quality of her earlier books. Stormy Petrel is ok, but especially as it's abbreviated (why? the original isn't long or wordy, what's the point?), you get little chance to see any spark between the main characters, and the mystery/suspense part is extremely tame. It's a nice enough tale to while away a few hours, but the sound quality, unusually for audible, is poor--not very clear overall and for about half an hour or more (a significant part of a 3 hour recording), it's so murky you can hardly distinguish what's being said. Still, a Mary Stewart is pleasant enough and much better than a lot of the drek out there, so on sale it was just about worth it.
It was very difficult to understand this book due to the poor audio quality of the recording. There are a lot of places where the recording is so quiet and muffled that the narration cannot be understood. Really wish I could have understood...I think the story was probably a good one...but I won't know until I can read this one.
When she was trapped on the Island and heard the Stormy Petrels
Easy to follow as she changed characters. Both leading male characters sounded alike but other than that there were no problems
No. I was hoping it would be like The Ivy Tree or Nine Coaches Waiting. It was not that good but it was enjoyable.
I hope that you will start to carry more of Mary Stewart in her Romance/Adventure. Madam will you talk and Nine Coaches Waiting, the Moon Spinners and my favorite, The Ivy Tree. If you carry them you will sell them.
I love this author, but this recording of "The Stormy Petrel" was horrendous! I could barely hear Jenny Seagrove's reading. The book may have been enjoyable, but I will have to get a paperback copy to know. I was SOOOOO disappointed! I'm afraid to order any of Mary Stewart's other audiobooks if the sound quality is like this for all her other books.
Improve the audio quality, PLEASE!
Have no idea, I couldn't tell if she was a good or bad reader...
If I could have heard and understood it!
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