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Valerie Grijalva

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Great Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Where does Crossroads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high I'd say, but this is asking someone who doesn't necessarily go out of their way to listen to much audio books. I really have to make myself pay attention when I do [listen], so it has to be something that will keep me pretty solidly entertained — which "Crossroads" definitely did.

What other book might you compare Crossroads to and why?

Well, I've also listened to [and read] Abigail Hilton's "The Guild of the Cowry Catchers", so I can easily compare it to that, which is set in this fantastical fantasy world [Panamindorah] that is extremely different from anything else that I have touched before. I always think it takes SUCH work to not just write stories, but write stories that are in completely created settings. SO, I can compare it to a good number of fantasy books I've read, but I think that it's never a complete comparison because of how unique Panamindorah is.

Which character – as performed by Abigail Hilton – was your favorite?

I liked the "On the Edge" story best [which I know isn't the question here, but keep going], all characters in that were fine. I know that these stories are based off of another of Abigail Hilton's series, "The Prophet of Panamindorah" I believe, so hearing these little side stories or histories of characters I know nothing about for the most part and may be spoiling for myself, definitely makes me want to run out and continue reading about them.

I specifically liked the story mentioned above, because it had a lot of tension and conflict already without me knowing what was going on. It's kind of silly, but I got into it and for those couple minutes I was invested in the situation and what was going on with the characters [specifically Sevn].

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

THIS QUESTIONS. I'm not sure, I'd honestly make for the worst copywriter ever.

"The moments we face, the paths we decide to take, the people [shelts] we become."

Any additional comments?

Obviously, I think this would be really enjoyable for anyone who wanted to hear the audio version of the written "Crossroads" or if anyone just wanted to do something awesome with their life. However, if one hasn't read both "The Guild of the Cowry Catchers" and "The Prophet of Panamindorah", it's for sure going to want to make you look into the other pretty quickly [and all the other short stories that exist].

So much more than I expected [and then some].

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

What made the experience of listening to The Guild of the Cowry Catchers the most enjoyable?

Well, I've read the book collection before and due to how many characters there are — as well as what kind of setting the story takes place in — I wasn't sure how well it would translate into an audio version, but it totally worked! The full cast, the music [which I wasn't sure about at first, but really appreciated as the story went on], it all really helped bring this story alive in a way that built upon the written words. I thought I might get bored at certain parts BECAUSE I own and have read the books before [some more than once], but that never happened.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guild of the Cowry Catchers?

Hahhaha, for spoiler's sake, I won't say anything too detail-heavy, but I thought the audiobook/cast/whatever did a great job of treating sadder/rougher scenes carefully and with exactly the right mood I wanted them to have. Obviously because Abigail Hilton had her hand in this directly, I wasn't too worried about such scenes being done in a way that would make me uncomfortable or apathetic [which I appreciated]. This book, while it has its happy, happy, moments, it definitely also has its sad ones — ones that always seem to eat at my heart [and thanks to the audiobook, you can feel them even harder].

But this is a good thing. I don't enjoy feeling bad, but I think a good story has to make you feel several emotions and "The Guild of the Cowry Catchers" does a damn good job with this that is only amplified with an audio version.

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything with Silveo being sassy and saucy. I though his voice actor well picked and fitting to how I expected him to sound "IRL". Every roll of that person's tongue and I could already picture over-sized hat feathers blowing in the wind most haughtily [and of course, those scenes with Silveo that were a bit darker, too, but I'm already being melodramatic so keep walking].

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea. I'm definitely not magical enough to think of anything really cool or appropriate [sorry, sorry]. If this were a terrible 80s high school movie? Maybe something like "And Gerard thought his school day couldn't get any worse... but then it did."

Any additional comments?

This is my first time listening to an audiobook with a full cast and it's definitely an experience I'd like to have more of. I'd definitely look forward to anything else done in this same specific manner by this author/group as clearly, they did a good job here and I know they'd probably do a better one with the next one.

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