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Publisher's Summary

For Paula, accompanying her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true. They have come to this city of trade on a special mission to purchase a most rare artifact: a gift from the ancient goddess, Cybele, to her followers. It's the only remnant of a lost, pagan cult.

But no sooner have they arrived when it becomes clear they may be playing at a dangerous game. A colleague and friend of Paula's father is found murdered. There are rumors of Cybele's cult reviving within the very walls of Istanbul. And most telling of all, signs have begun to appear to Paula, urging her to unlock Cybele's secret.

Meanwhile, Paula doesn't know who she can trust in Istanbul, and finds herself drawn to two very different men. As time begins to run out, Paula realizes they may all be tied up in the destiny of Cybele's Gift, and she must solve the puzzle before unknown but deadly enemies catch up to her.

©2008 Juliet Marillier (P)2008 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Teens who didn't know Marillier when they started this sandalwood-scented adventure will rapidly place her alongside the likes of romantic-fantasy idols Shannon Hale and Sharon Shinn." ( Booklist)

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lovely spring fairy tale

This is a second book about the family from Piscu Dracului after the story of Wildwood Dancing. It follows the adventures of the younger daughter Paula so it can be read as a stand alone. However, it does contain spoilers about the first book and, as that is an even nicer story, I do recommend reading that, Wildwood Dancing, first.

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Sweet and enchanting!

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The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because there were a few parts that were a bit long and boring. Aside from that, this was such a lovely story of mystery, bravery, honor, and love. I found myself genuinely caring about the characters and wanting everything to work out for them. The setting was interesting and fun and made me want to be there. Juliet Marillier paints a beautiful world with words. Great, clean-cut story for kids and adults alike.

Narration was a pleasure to listen to and she did well with all the characters voices.

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loved it

I really enjoyed this story, and loved hearing about what happened to the family after wildwood dancing, and I loved that the story wasn't really about that. it was exciting and interesting.

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OMG..

Would you consider the audio edition of Cybele's Secret to be better than the print version?

I think they would hold the same adventure because the book is simply AMAZING

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cybele's Secret?

When they were at the cave and she had to be close to the hero to keep her warm

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

I think her performance was excellent through out the book and I loved it

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

I wish because it is that good

Any additional comments?

This book is amazing that it did make it to my top ten books ..EXCELLENT AND MOST RECOMMENDED

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Excellent story by Juliet Marillier once again.

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

Yes. It's a good story, good listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cybele's Secret?

When the two main characters finally shared their true feelings with each other and Paula ran into his arms.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. Although the book seemed rather slow paced at times.

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

When the two main characters finally shared their true feelings with each other and Paula ran into his arms.

Any additional comments?

The narration wasn't quite what I expected at first, took a little to get used to it. She should have focused more on the accents like the first book. Otherwise very good.

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Great

Where does Cybele's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely one of my favourites.

What did you like best about this story?

It has mystery, suspense, action, romance . I couldn't put it down. I also love the narrators accents. One of the best narrators I've listened to.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

without giving to much of the story away. I liked the challenges.

Any additional comments?

I cannot understand why this book is available on audible and the first book in this series 'Wildwood Dancing' is not. That is her sister Jena's story which explains what happened to Tati in more detail for anyone who's curious.

The chapters were also a little long. Which made it impossible to leave the story in a good place. Although I barely put the book down anyway.

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