• The Moon-Spinners

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Daphne Kouma
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (343 ratings)
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The Moon-Spinners

By: Mary Stewart
Narrated by: Daphne Kouma
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Publisher's summary

The pioneer of romantic suspense Mary Stewart transports listeners to the idyllic hills of midcentury Crete in this tale of peril and intrigue that will keep fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym on the edges of their seats.   

While on a walking holiday through the beautiful, deserted hills of Crete, Nicola Ferris stumbles across a critically injured Englishman, guarded by a fierce Greek. Nicola cannot abandon them and so sets off on a perilous search for their lost companion - all the while being pursued by someone who wants to make sure none of them leave the island.... 

When the big white bird flew suddenly up among the glossy leaves and the lemon flowers, and wheeled into the mountain, I followed it.

©1962 Mary Stewart (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Mary Stewart is magic." (New York Times)

"One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century." (Independent)

"A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors." (Harriet Evans)

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Classic thriller, but wish narrator was literate

Don't have to say much about Mary Stewart; everything she wrote is tightly plotted, brilliantly characterized, beautifully evocative. Her work and its popularity speaks for itself. I was motivated to leave a review only because the narrator, who does a fairly good job otherwise, pronounced the word "Levite" as "levity." A little cultural literacy goes a long way. Please, Audible, either select educated narrators or educated editors who will catch such errors. Make your products attractive to people who actually read (but are now losing their near vision!).

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Frustrating volume variations

Disclaimer: I have hearing loss, but with well-fitting earbuds I usually do fairly well. This book is frustrating in that I was constantly fiddling with the volume as the narrator's voice dropped away into a whisper and then increased again to near-shouting. I think she does a wonderful job of dramatizing the story, and the character voices were all good, but the volume thing drove me crazy. There are some small problems with pronunciation. I don't know how caique should be pronounced, but the narrator uses at least three different ones throughout the story.

I am a long-time fan of Mary Stewart's romantic mysteries, and I was so thrilled to see them published on Kindle and then on Audible. The quality of the narration and recording has been disappointingly uneven, unfortunately.

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terrible narration!

really??? you pick a narrator that slurs her speech and mumbles and talks to fast?? for one of Mary Stewarts best novels??? i am returning it. very disappointed.

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If You Like Mary Stewart, You Will Like This Book

This is a classic Mary Stewart work, with all the elements we fans have come to expect: stunning location, beautifully described; a plucky heroine capable of much more than the men around her believe; and a well-plotted suspenseful story with an exciting ending. The narration is fine -- once you realize it needs to be set at 75% speed, not 100%. I think there was a production error and it was simply released at the wrong speed.

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Great story, not so great narrator.

One of my favorite gothic romance authors. The narrator talks so fast, had to listen in .75 time to understand words. She talked very loud, then so soft I couldn’t hear at all. When she whispered sentences, couldn’t hear what she was saying. It was a pain to have to rewind many times, increasing volume so I knew what was going on. Then she would practically yell, and had to grab device to quickly lower volume so it wouldn’t hurt my ears. I recommend this be recorded by different reader.

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Great story. Narration a problem.

The story is great. One of my favorites. The narrator has potential; however, the constant change in volume is a problem. I would get the volume to a level where I could hear her and then she would raise her voice for a character and it would become way too loud. If she only did it occasionally, I would not comment, but it is through the entire book. Obviously, the narrator needs to work on this. She has a great voice and good characterization, so it is a shame.

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Classic!

First read this when I was a kid, after seeing the Hayley Mills movie. I enjoyed the book lots more.

The subtle differences in attitudes about women, the simplicity of an "unspoiled" rural population and other notions don't really bark out at you, and the rapidly moving plot is well put together.

I've always enjoyed a good Mary Stewart. My favorite is Airs Above the Ground, which could have been written for the horse-obsessed young girl that I was.

Thanks for the memories!

By the way, I didn't find a single thing to criticise in Daphne Kouma's reading.

Jay Thomas

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Narration very good

There have been some reviews regarding the sound volume of the narrator. At the beginning of the book I was concerned but soon realized the little bit softer speech were asides and reflective of thoughts so were appropriate. They added to the ambiance of the story. Only the Greek names of the town and some of the characters were a little bit incomprehensible. It might have been easier if I could have read the words before I heard them spoken, but in the end it didn’t detract from the story. I really enjoyed the narrator she brought much of the action and inflection of the characters to life.

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Fast moving and exciting

I love Mary Stewart and this is one of her best. Not a dull moment.

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Daphne Kouma is the best!

Have e hoyed Mary Stewart for many many years and Moon Spinners has always been one of my favorites. Daphne Kouma did a fabulous job. She's a wondefful story teller, NOT just a narrator.

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