Penric's Fox

A Novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric and Desdemona, Book 3)
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation, and they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

©2018 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story but $/minute ratio unattractive

Good story; fine narration but breaking what should have been one novel into 5+ stories and taking $10 for each piece not very palatable.

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Penric solves a mystery

Penric is enjoying a relaxing day fishing with his Shaman friend Inglas, when they are both requested by law man/Locator Oswyl. A temple sorcerer has been found dead from arrow wounds. Who killed her? What happened to her demon? And why?

Penric, with assistance from Inglas and others, especially Pen's Demon Desdemona ultimately solve the mystery. And I found it an entertaining mystery/fantasy story. But the real deep joy of the story is to watch the evolving relationships between Penric, Desdemona, and all the rest of the very real characters, including the Princess Arch Divine. I have grown to love these characters.

And, as always, Grover Gardner does a great job of reading the tale. The entire Penric/Desdemona saga is a delight. In internal chronological order, at time of publication this novella comes third, after Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman, and before Penric's Mission.

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linear and uninspired yet decent

I'd have to say this is the 1st mediocre story I've come acrosd from Lois M. Bujold.
Grover Gardener is always a delight.

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As always...

LM Bujold’s storytelling is second to none, regardless of the setting or plot. “Penric’s Fox” is a wonderful listen! Grover Gardner does a superb job, too!

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Lovely story... as usual.

Everything LMB writes is exceptional... either profoundly, or just lovely. She is maybe my favorite author. Can never go wrong.

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somebody thought the chapter of this book could be

sold separately as novellas. It's a joke, and audible didn't fall for it -- with respect to most of the chapters. This particular chapter has so little content (beyond, awww,fox cubs are so cute) that it was excluded from the R collection. That tells you all you need to know. Whatever possessed me to buy the thing?

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Interesting twist in this storyline

Penric visits with Inglis and Oswyl when he accompanies the princess archdivine to the capital of Easthome. Oswyl requests their assistance when called to investigate the murder of a Temple Sorceress. The story develops as they try to determine what happened to her demon, which leads them to the murderer.
They are each interested in the knowledge of the others, and in how that applies to their own calling. Well done.
While it can stand on it’s own, this book is much better understood and enjoyed if read in series sequence.
Love Gardner’s narration, as always. He’s definitely in the top tier of narrators.
Recommend.

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Good book

Very nice book, narrating was very nice to listen to, I'm looking forward to the next book.

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another brilliant work

this is yet another brilliant work for this author.Penrick is such a lovable character and the interaction with shamans continues to be intriguing.

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SHORT, BUT WORTH READING

The Chalion series is an all time favorite of mine. Brilliantly done. Her portrayal of the Five Gods, and how people experience them, is masterful. The Penric series is a lighthearted revisiting of the same setting. A good read. Not quite as brilliantly done, but still very enjoyable.

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  • 02-06-18

Perfect, as ever!

And Grover Gardner is still the most wonderful narrator. The combo of Lois' words and his voice always makes me feel like the story is creating itself right inside my head