Night of a Thousand Stars

  • by Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by Anna Parker-Naples
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Deanna Raybourn returns with a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure.
On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing - she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father's quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.
With only her feisty lady's maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita - east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan - one that stretches to the very heart of the British government and one that could endanger everything and everyone she holds dear.

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Stick to the print edition for this one

What disappointed you about Night of a Thousand Stars?

I loved the book when I read it last year, but was really disappointed in the audio version because the narrator's voice got grating quickly.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her portrayal of the heroine, while perhaps appropriate for her character, was irritating. She sounded too girlish and whiny, even though her upper crust accent was appropriate. She couldn't portray most of the men very well because her range in terms of pitch is limited. The American and French accents she tried to use for some of the secondary characters were awful.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness and disappointment. It's such a great read and it's a shame the author's work has been so poorly served


Any additional comments?

If you're a fan of Deanna Raybourn's and haven't read this one yet, stick to the print version, because the audio version does it no favors.

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- Caz

Avoid

What would have made Night of a Thousand Stars better?

A different narrator--Anna Parker Naples did this story no favors. I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it so much that I decided to listen to it. My entire experience of the story changed due to the narration.


Who was your favorite character and why?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

In every way possible. Her voice grated with every character, but most especially with Poppy. What's more, the narrator's Arabic accent was painful to listen to--not a good thing for a book set in Syria.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I loved the story. The narrator ruined it.


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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.