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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this collection of stories to anyone who has enjoyed the Cowry Catcher series. It could serve as an introduction to the world, and the author does a good job of filling in what you need to know. However, I think the stories are much more enjoyable if you have an understanding of the world and characters. It makes the in-jokes so much more fun when you know where things go later!
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love all the stories in the collection, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Professionals, for the simple fact that it is a full-cast performance. It was a joy to hear Norm Sherman voice Sylvio again--with a wonderful audio quality that made him sound like a younger version of himself that really added to the realism of the story.
What does Abigail Hilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Part of what is enjoyable about this collection is that it is not just Abigail Hilton reading the stories. Having a full-cast story and Christ Lester reading Gwain's story make this a true performance, which added to my enjoyment immensely. Abbie's reading is clear and well-produced. Having the author read a story always makes me feel like I am getting closer to the story, since I can hear inflections, pacing, etc. that tell me I am hearing the story the way it was intended to be heard.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The climax of Sky Dance makes me cry every time I hear it. It is incredibly moving and beautiful and evokes deep emotions. Wonderfully written!
Any additional comments?
I loved this book for the depth it adds to the experience of the Cowry Catcher series. Highly recommended!
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This is a fun series of short stories that tie back to the characters of the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. While Silvio is the general fan favorite, I really enjoyed Sky Dance, featuring Thessalyn, and Gwain’s short story whose title is escaping me.
I did not appreciate the audio effect on Norm Sherman’s voice for young Silvio in Professionals, but that is a great story and I was able to get past it. I think the only jarring part is that the various stories bounce between full cast and solo read.
I did very much enjoy the audio effects and music in all of the stories. It was just enough to be engaging without overwhelming the reading.
In the end, well worth your time.