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Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lauren Harris and Rish Outfield ?

yes

Any additional comments?

I love both print and audio versions, for different reasons. While I truly enjoyed both narrators, I found switching between them to be a little bit jarring and hard to follow. I'd prefer either a single narrator or full cast production to switching between two narrators, unless the were switching between two first person points of view. That said, Rish and Lauren both have voices that I would happily listen to reading anything.

I can't wait for the next books. Abbie's Panamindorah is a world like no other.

Panamindorah back stories

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secret Things?

My favorite story is Sky Dance. I loved hearing about Thessalyn's past, as well as some of her less formal education.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

A look into their lives

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

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

This is a hard one to rank because it is a collection of short stories. While the stories do stand alone, I think it is better to have read or listened to Prophet and Cowry Catchers shortly around the same time as Crossroads in order to have a better sense of who/what/where, etc.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the stories of Silveo and Malpin. Silveo is such a rich character that I always want to know more about his past.

Any additional comments?

Abbie's readings are, as always, wonderful. I love to listen to her voice, especially since she knows the pronunciations of names. But she also has a very natural cadence as a storyteller, both in print and in audio.

Pirates and Wyverns and Shelts, oh my!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I started listening to Cowry Catchers via podcast, and couldn't get enough. Almost everyone remembers their first introduction to something; I was first introduced to Panamindorah through Abbie's young-adult novel, The Prophet of Panamindorah. I loved that story and Abbie's narration so much that I was nervous about Cowry Catchers at first because I was suspicious of the full-cast narration. I needn't have been. I love the actors Abbie chose for this production: Nathan Lowell is perfect as Gerard, and Norm Sherman is absolutely THE BEST for Silveo.

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

(Un)fortunately, the cliff hangers are more easily dealt with in the Audible version than in the podcast. The breaks between the books were excruciating when the story was episodic. Now, it's much easier to continue to find out what happens.

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

One thing about having a full cast reading that you may not get from just reading the book is pronunciation and emotion. If you have a chance to listen to podcast outtakes, you can see how the readers either struggled with pronunciation or tried different tones/voices.

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

Same as my title.

Any additional comments?

If you like fantasy at all, you'll love it. There are still a few mispronunciations of words, but don't let that be a hangup. The questions about love, life, and loss are common to everyone, and it's refreshing to see how characters can change.