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Publisher's Summary

In the beautiful, savage islands of Wefrivain, four teenagers struggle to learn the answers to questions that will reshape their world. Before they became legends, they were just kids.

Secret Things is a collection of four stories about characters from The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series - Thessalyn, Silveo, Lu, and Gwain. Whether you're a fan of the books or a newcomer, these tales of redemption, dysfunction, mystery, and wonder will entertain and surprise you.

While these stories are not overtly explicit, they are sometimes harrowing and are not intended for children.

Stories included are "Sky Dance", "Professionals", "Chemistry", and "The Secret".

©2013 Abigail Hilton (P)2013 Abigail Hilton

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Wonderful Cowry Catcher background stories

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

I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who has enjoyed the Cowry Catcher series. It could serve as an introduction to the world, and the author does a good job of filling in what you need to know. However, I think the stories are much more enjoyable if you have an understanding of the world and characters. It makes the in-jokes so much more fun when you know where things go later!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all the stories in the collection, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Professionals, for the simple fact that it is a full-cast performance. It was a joy to hear Norm Sherman voice Sylvio again--with a wonderful audio quality that made him sound like a younger version of himself that really added to the realism of the story.

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

Part of what is enjoyable about this collection is that it is not just Abigail Hilton reading the stories. Having a full-cast story and Christ Lester reading Gwain's story make this a true performance, which added to my enjoyment immensely. Abbie's reading is clear and well-produced. Having the author read a story always makes me feel like I am getting closer to the story, since I can hear inflections, pacing, etc. that tell me I am hearing the story the way it was intended to be heard.

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

The climax of Sky Dance makes me cry every time I hear it. It is incredibly moving and beautiful and evokes deep emotions. Wonderfully written!

Any additional comments?

I loved this book for the depth it adds to the experience of the Cowry Catcher series. Highly recommended!

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Fun return to Panamindorah

This is a fun series of short stories that tie back to the characters of the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. While Silvio is the general fan favorite, I really enjoyed Sky Dance, featuring Thessalyn, and Gwain’s short story whose title is escaping me.

I did not appreciate the audio effect on Norm Sherman’s voice for young Silvio in Professionals, but that is a great story and I was able to get past it. I think the only jarring part is that the various stories bounce between full cast and solo read.

I did very much enjoy the audio effects and music in all of the stories. It was just enough to be engaging without overwhelming the reading.

In the end, well worth your time.

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great refresher on characters

This connection of short stories was a great reminder of the characters in Guild of the Cowry Catchers.

I have listened to the Guild of the Cowry Catchers two or three times now and this was a fantastic way to remember each character. These stories were written with the same quality as the book series.

The different voice actors always make the story more enjoyable do listen to.

Looking forward to more from Abigail. :)

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No secret, great short stories

Would you listen to Secret Things again? Why?

Yes, I love the background stories of some of my favorite charecters.

What did you like best about this story?

Thess is my favorite character and I loved hearing about her life as a child.

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

I love listening during my commute

If you could rename Secret Things, what would you call it?

Peak into past.

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A warm set of short stories of some "old friends"

Would you listen to Secret Things again? Why?

I have listened to this set of stories several times, and once again today. This is a set of stories from The Guild of the Cowry Catchers series. If you are a fan of the series, it is like hanging out with friends and talking about their histories. Even reliving it through the sounds and music.

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

One of the characters is blind. listening from her point of view, you feel equally encumbered. It is a neat sensation that you don't get much in a book. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Probably Gwain was my favorite in this collection, with his booky antics and his curiosity of learning... It was nice to relive his memories from his journal writings.

If you could rename Secret Things, what would you call it?

Perhaps "Learning the Secrets About Wyverns"

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Excellent look at character backstories

Would you consider the audio edition of Secret Things to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I can only believe that the audio effects enhance already excellent stories.

What did you like best about this story?

Given this is a collection, there's a nice variety of story tone here. My favorite is Sky Dance, where the selection of music at key points provided the perfect emotional tone to the scenes (especially the culminating scene near the end, which has a special poignancy given its tie in to the Cowry Catchers book).

Have you listened to any of Abigail Hilton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I've listened to Prophet of Panamindorah, Hunters Unlucky, and Guild of the Cowry Catchers. This book's presentation is most like Cowry Catchers (reasonable given it directly connects to that novel), which is to say excellently voiced and produced.

If you could rename Secret Things, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it, I think the name it has is most appropriate and I'd be hard pressed to find one better.

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Panamindorah back stories

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.

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Secret Things

So far this is my favorite set of short stories from Abbie. I highly recommend them, especially if you're already a fan of Panamindorah.

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Explore more of the rich tapestry that is Panamindorah

Would you consider the audio edition of Secret Things to be better than the print version?

I am a fan of the Panamindorah stories in general but I enjoy them most often during my rather lengthy commute. I am a believer in having the author read their own work, where possible, as they have the best grasp on the characterization & plot.

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

I could draw a few parallels between Secret Things other author-read anthology pieces, but Crossroads (the first of Abigail Hilton's Guild of the Cowry Catchers short story compilations) is the obvious choice.

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

Abigail's insight into characterization and her attention to production detail makes Secret Things a delightful listen.

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Over 3 hours of Panamindorah's Secrets!

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.