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An Epic for the Whole Family

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-15

If you could sum up Hunters Unlucky in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, epic, memorable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunters Unlucky?

The moment when a lishty first speaks, "I have been Kos.".

Which character – as performed by Rish Outfield – was your favorite?

Storm, a ferryshaft who grows throughout the story. He learns how to survive on the edge of his herd, being an outcast due to his size and color. Other herd members named him Vearil (bad luck) as a foal, and he turns it to his own fortune. He isn't as strong as the others, but he never gives up, and this willpower becomes a catalyst for change all over the island.

Rish Outfield has done a great job with the narration, and I never had a hard time discerning who was speaking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Storm has to face up to the young Teek and the truth about what happened to his mother. Barely an adult himself, he takes on the heartache of caring for the cub after finding out that his mother died due to Storm's own actions.

Any additional comments?

A great book for families, the story is engaging and doesn't talk down to any of its readers. There are mature themes, and startling events since it is written for teens, but a parent or older sibling reading with a young one would be appropriate.

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Over 3 hours of Panamindorah's Secrets!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-15

Would you listen to Secret Things again? Why?

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!

What other book might you compare Secret Things to and why?

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.

What does Abigail Hilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Who was the most memorable character of Secret Things and why?

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.

Panamindorah for new and seasoned readers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-14

What did you love best about Crossroads?

This collection has a great range of stories, each complete on their own, but together add a way to get to know your favorite character a bit better. If you are new to the world, this is a good taste of what it's like. If you've visited before, it gives new layers and perspectives on characters and events. And hearing about little Silveo, Seven, Hualien, and all the others is just too good to pass up.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silveo is the first character I think of when Panamindorah comes to mind, and for good reason. At every age he is both wonderfully flawed and relate-able, and an incredible three-dimensional character. I would love to spend a day talking with this clever and charming foxling.

What does Abigail Hilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing the stories narrated by Abigail Hilton, it really makes the story come alive. She is a great storyteller, and although her reading is lovely to listen to, I usually forget that I'm listening to a story, and not actually part of the adventures. Her chosen voice actors all share that ability. I can always count on Abigail Hilton's work to pull me into its world, which is not always the case with audiobooks. It also sounds like Abbie is talking with you, sharing this amazing world that she knows all about and is just so excited to share. It's impossible not to catch her enthusiasm.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In "A Cat Prince Distinguishes Himself", Lexus's decision, and what he thinks may come of it, is particularly powerful. I love the resolve, and the hope among what might seem like a hopeless situation. It feels like a rallying cry for not just him, but echoes through the other characters stories.

Pirates and rebels in a world of magic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-14

Where does The Guild of the Cowry Catchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my top audiobook pick. I've listened to the story several times now, and continue to love it. I keep it on my ipod, just in case.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a tough question. (Although Silveo has a slight lead on everyone else.)The large cast of characters were all still well rounded, and fully believable as individuals. The development of the characters was honest and organic, and never rushed. Gerard's journey through grief, betrayal, and acceptance is compelling and heartbreaking. The relationship between Gerard and Silveo by itself would be enough for a story on its own.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really don't want to spoil anything, but I'll say that the scene that always gives me chills involves feathers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listened to it at work, and often had to keep myself from laughing out loud and/or outright sobbing.

Any additional comments?

Abigail Hilton does an amazing job of presenting her story. This series has one of the best portrayal of bi characters that I have ever come across. I would recommend this series to anyone who loves adventure, intrigue, magic, or just wonderful books.