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Poison Study Audiobook

Poison Study

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Publisher's Summary

Choose: A quick death...or slow poison.

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear.

Don't miss Magic Study, the sequel to Poison Study.

©2005 Maria V. Snyder
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"Riveting fantasy that unites the intelligent political focus of George R.R. Martin with a subtle yet potent romance....The first in a series, this is one of those rare books that will keep readers dreaming long after they've read it." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 03-19-12
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting new take on old ideas."
    What made the experience of listening to Poison Study the most enjoyable?

    I had a really long drive ahead of me, so I through this book in. I really enjoyed the descriptions of everything. I found myself trying to taste the things she was tasting, and I could almost smell what she was smelling. It was incredibly descriptive and completely drew me in.


    What other book might you compare Poison Study to and why?

    I'm not entirely sure what I could compare it to...


    What does Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    When I read, I tend to skip over descriptions of things, but the way she read had me imagining I was there. I'm glad I didn't have the opportunity to skip over anything.


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

    *spoiler* When Valek describes the way he fell in love with Yelena was like succombing to poison. It was almost an odd place for the confession to happen, but it was very moving *end spoiler*


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I liked the book, it just kind of left me hanging a bit. I enjoyed the listen, but I really have no desire to read the sequels. Can't say why, other than I didn't really become attached to the characters.

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    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 11-22-11
    Amazon Customer Bay Area, California 11-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable series"

    Really like the characters and world created by Snyder for this book and other "Study" series.

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    Cecilia East Hanover, NJ 04-21-11
    Cecilia East Hanover, NJ 04-21-11
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    "Excellent read/listen"

    At first I did not like the narrator of this story, felt it was monotone and barely any emotion. But then I got into and fell in love with this story and the narrator.

    Give it time to grow on you, great read/listen! All three books!

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    kristopher 04-03-11
    kristopher 04-03-11
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    "love the series"

    I usually don't write reviews but I am hooked. I am on the 3rd book and it has been less than a week since I bought the first one. I love the books!!! A must read.

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    Barb Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
    Barb Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
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    "Liked it."

    I read the entire trilogy and enjoyed all three. These were kinda different though. I like to explore all genre's not sure what this would be in, but I'm glad I read them.

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    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 01-11-11
    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 01-11-11
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    "Ineresting...if a little sappy"

    I didn't quite realize that this was a Harlequin book until I started listening to it. I was not optimistic. But the plot and characters were interesting and developed at a good pace. There wasn't that much in terms of 'romance', but sometimes the main character was a little too cliche. She was always surprised that she could accomplish tasks by herself and still in the end was waiting for her man to come in and save the day.

    The narration was good, only a little weak in some of the more action related scenes.

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    Leeloo 10-06-10
    Leeloo 10-06-10
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    "Great Adventure"

    Wonderful adventure, not so much a romance novel. On to the second book, Magic Study!

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    K. Taylor 09-28-10
    K. Taylor 09-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Escapist Fun"

    I very much enjoyed this series - the story is entertaining, the characters are interesting, (and the lead female protagonist isn't simpering or judgemental) - it's exactly the type of light fiction I love having on my ipod.

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    Olanike Irvington, NJ, United States 08-30-10
    Olanike Irvington, NJ, United States 08-30-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty Good"

    At first I was a little hestitant, but after the first few chapters I got into it. I thought the author was very descriptive...the narrator kept my attention. Interesting read.

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    marianne United States 08-13-10
    marianne United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Poison Study"

    Must read this book first and then enjoy the rest. I loved the series and looking forward to the next book. It is wonderful that this author can write a series but each book can stand alone.

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