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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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    Sherri anchorage, AK, USA 11-18-07
    Sherri anchorage, AK, USA 11-18-07
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    "Great Story Telling"

    You almost think you are there. Living in the time of the book. I have yet to find another Author to write these kind of books with the same passion, intrigue, and fun. I hope it isn't too long before there are more of Maria V Synder books on audible. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-18-11
    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-18-11
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    "Weak writing, corny reading."

    The story itself has an intriguing premise but the author is not up to the task. The writing is stilted and simplistic. The characterizations sometimes feel like the fantasy novel they should be, and other times read like they are from a pulp-romance novel. The story veers from its most intriguing set-up: a condemned prisoner getting the job of food-taster because it doesn't matter if they die from poison... and then branches out unnecessarily into magic and other elements that the writer doesn't have a feel for. Sophomoric is the word that comes to mind. The reader doesn't help -- she is corny, "acting" every moment, and it comes off like bad regional theater.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 04-11-09
    Tracy 04-11-09 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "A little Poison might be good for you"

    Even though it wasn't quite what I had anticipated I found this book entertaining, interesting, yet unpredictable, nice when you can't guess what is coming next. The narrator does a great job, wonderful use of her voice for the different characters. This one was worth my credit so I downloaded the following two books in the series; Magic Study and Fire Study and did not like them nearly as well as this book. You may like them if you enjoyed the fighting scenes in Poison Study as the next two books are filled with them!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 03-16-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 03-16-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Gorgeous movie in my head . . ."

    I fell completely in love with this book, and the two that followed it. I can't explain it, really, other than to say that I am a writer who would give anything to be able to write half as well as Maria V. Snyder. She is my idol and her books will take you on an amazing adventure. My only regret is that there will not be a 4th book, and for the first time in my life I understand the impetus to write "fan fiction." I highly recommend the Study trilogy to anyone who enjoys a great story, written exceedingly well. Note: The narrator is also amazing. I will be watching for her work as well. She is perfection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Flannery Seattle, WA 01-11-09
    Flannery Seattle, WA 01-11-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "Beginning of a great series"

    One of my biggest pet peeves about audiobooks is the ability(or lack of ability) of the reader to play different parts(male and female). Many books with lots of characters have an entire cast. This book, and the two that follow, are read by one woman. SHE IS AMAZING.

    I'm currently listening to the third book in the series and I am still wowed by her abilities.

    I enjoyed Poison Study--enough to want to read the second one. Magic Study is even better. There is magic, well-described characters, lots of action(moreso in the second book), and tons of novel ideas. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy story.

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    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 12-22-05
    Paul Edison, NJ, USA 12-22-05
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    "Excellent"

    I normally don't like female readers as much, but this one is pretty awesome. This book flew by so fast and I didn't want it to end. They did a very good job of not exposing too much of the story at a time and kept me guessing throughout. There was also just enough touch of magic that didn't seem unrealistic. I highly recommend.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Boise, ID, USA 12-17-05
    Suzanne Boise, ID, USA 12-17-05
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    "A intriguing listen!!!"

    I was very pleased with this story. Unknown author to me. The narrator was not necessarily bland, just soft... but by the fist 1/4 of the book it really became part of the story. The characters were intriguing and interesting. Author created a new world with familiar things, but customs were different. A very interesting adventure with a plausable plot. I hope there is a sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryn Round Rock, TX, USA 01-15-09
    Katheryn Round Rock, TX, USA 01-15-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Liked it"

    Liked this story. It was a little slow to start but turned out to be real interesting. I have bought the others inthe sereis to contiue the story. Well developed characters with interesting twists.

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    Suzanne Croydon, N/A, United Kingdom 12-21-05
    Suzanne Croydon, N/A, United Kingdom 12-21-05
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    "Sheer Excellence"

    What an enchanting book. I had not heard of this author and therefore was a little apprehensive about purchasing. But my money was far from being wasted. The book takes you on a roller coaster ride of journey at a soft flowing pace. You applaud the main character and hiss at the villains. The suspense of not knowing what‘s a round the corner makes you yearn for the next word. Never being one for magical spells and charms I felt that I was trapped in the spell of this book right to the very end. A great read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Acacia 10-01-15
    Acacia 10-01-15 Member Since 2016

    Favorite books: Mysteries: Amelia Peabody & Inspector Gamache, supernatural novels by Brian McClellan, Ilona Andrews and many more

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    "WHAT A NICE SURPRISE!"

    I have been having a hard time finding a book that didn't run from cliché to predictable, if you've had the same problem this is your book.

    This book is, in a word AWESOME!!! It had a little bit of everything, a multi-layered plot, interesting characters, intrigue and mystery. It is delightfully well-written and so unique that I was sucked in right away. My hat's off to the author for her ability to produce a book that is good from start to finish. It won't have you gripping the edge of your seat but it is definitely a page turner, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! By the way I rate this book at four and a half stars!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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