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Publisher's Summary

Gilly Ramsey's lonely childhood was brightened only by visits to her godmother until her death, when the then grown-up Gilly inherited the family cottage, Thornyhold. With its magical and peaceful strength and its sovereign defenses against evil, Thornyhold strikes an end to Gilly's loneliness, despite its revealing her family's history of witchcraft.

©1988 Mary Stewart (P)1989, 2017 Dove Morrow Books-On-Tape / Phoenix Books

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Terrible Playback Quality

It has been years since I read this book so I purchased the Audible version to listen to while driving to see my son. Unfortunately, the sound quality of some of the voices was so poor and low that I could barely hear parts of it even later when I put on headphones. This is the only time I have ever had difficulties with an Audible book. The book, of course, is still a beautifully descriptive example of Mary Stewart's work.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Love the story, narration too uneven

I love Mary Stewart's novels. She excels at mood, sense of place, and characters, and Thornyhold is wonderful in all three. Unfortunately it took a lot of effort to listen to. I love Jenny Agutter as an actress, but she was louder at the start of each sentence and then tailed off, making it hard to set a comfortable volume.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ree
  • Greenville, SC USA
  • 10-14-18

Bewitching Story, Butchered Production

This magical story is one of my all time favorites so the second I saw it on audible I bought it. I didn’t notice it was abridged until I started listening to it and the butchery started in the first sentence, leaving the meat but slicing out the charm. To be fair even had I known it was abridged I probably would have bought it anyway just because a condensed version of it is better than no version at all.
But as it’s a brief story anyway, chopping it up like this is as foolish as it is unnecessary. It drains away some of the charm and magic for a new generation of potential fans and is a heartrending loss for those of us who already love it.
The book itself and the original story are an easy 5 stars. This chopped up version more of a 3-4.
But the production is where this version is really hurt. Jenny Agutter is a gorgeous reader so the fault is not with her but rather with the quality of the recording. As others have mentioned she sounds muffled much of the time and even with headphones I found myself straining occasionally to make out some of the words. I wouldn’t say it’s unlistenable but it’s close.
Tragic.
Please, Audible, have this marvelous and magical story re-recorded. And unabridged please. The book deserves it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story but the recording quality was terrible

I love this story and the woman reading it is great. However, the recording is terrible. It sounds muffled and quiet and is very difficult to hear.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story

Great story, but if I didn’t know story (it’s my favorite book), I wouldn’t know what was happening. Even with my phone at full volume, I could barely hear it!!Very disappointed at that.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Sound quality terrible. Story chopped.

The sound quality seems as if the reader's voiced is muffled by sheets of cotton. There are also frequently rumbly background noises as if the microphone is being moved or rubbed.
The story is severely abridged, missing some of the most charming detail.
A favorite story treated very poorly.
I liked the narration, when audible, and the sound tolerable.
Skip this

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

For me this story is a refreshing escape to a charming past.

Thornyhold is one of my favorite books. The story is very well polished like an old English fairytale would be. The charming ties between the simple life of a somewhat deprived Vicar's daughter and her mysterious and concerned Aunt are the centerpiece of this tale. Within the story lay the ingredients that makes it come alive with inheritance, family secrets, witchcraft and a hint of the love for a happily ever after ending can promise. In the world that we live in today a story like Thornyhold removes the reader to a more gentle past life and time. For me an escape that is so refreshing.

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Poor sound quality

This was about half volume the whole time and sort of unfeeling or slurred at times. I had to rewind and listen again and again to catch everything. The publisher would benefit by re-recording or re-editing the content.

Cute story. Well written.

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Masterfully done

I love this story- even more through audible. Thank you so much for having this story available . I should look for other stories

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  • Karen
  • 10-01-18

It is a very good book but completely spoiled for me by the lack of sufficient volume to be able to hear it.

It is a very good book but completely spoilt for me by lack of sufficient volume. I had to hold my iPad close if I wanted to listen to it. There were many words I missed because of this adding to the irritation. I also found the narrators voice rather lack lustre. All other Audible books have been excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Scorpio
  • 11-26-17

An old favorite

This story was enjoyed but sadly spoilt by low volume and too fast speech.Mary Stewart is one of my favourite authors.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sonja
  • 05-04-18

Good story not so good sound quality.

This has been a favourite Mary Stewart story of mine for many years Hhwever, this audio version was done in 1989 on cassette so the quality is not great with some sibilant speech and volume variation. This can be heard on the sample extract.

The narration though is good and it is not an expensive purchase and it is a neat whimsical story.