Storm is born into a world of secrets - an island no one visits, names no one will say, and deaths that no one will talk about. The answers are locked in his species' troubled past, guarded by the fierce creasia cats. But when Storm's friends are threatened, he decides that he must act, pitting himself against the creasia to show that they can be resisted and outwitted. To prove his point, he must stay one step ahead of clever hunters, who have more to lose than Storm imagines.
Hunters Unlucky is an animal story for anyone who loved Richard Adams's Watership Down, Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, and Jack London's Call of the Wild. Kids who enjoyed Erin Hunter's Warriors books will also enjoy Hunters. The animals in this story do not carry swords, walk on two legs, or drink tea. They fight. They starve. Sometimes, they eat each other.
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"Enjoyed so much, had to listen to twice"
The quality of this audiobook is very high, the story and narration are both excellent. I think this qualify as high fantasy as all of the characters are sentient animals, and there are elements of magic. There are several different and unique species, and this story is about the fall out of a war between two of them, with some interactions with the other five species. The story is complete as is, but I hope there will be more stories written in this world with these characters.
Would involve too many spoilers, as all my favourite moments were either big reveals, or when characters had reason to change their opinions of others.
All the characters have different voices, even accents. Even if the names were not mentioned you would have known who was talking.
Would have listened in one sitting if I could, but it took several due to the length.
I actually started listening to this story on the author's podcast and was unwilling to wait months for the conclusion so I joined audible for this book. It did start out a little slow, but once it got going, I got dragged into the story and had to know what happened. I found it strange that the villain of the first part of the story actually became my favourite character by the end.
"Fantastic story! I loved it!"
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone. It is a rich tale of mythical creatures with an epic "Cinderella story" main character. If you like rooting for the underdog, then you will LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
As I said above, it brought to my mind the situation of rags to riches type story of Cinderella. Although the actual stories are very different, the situation of the main character is what makes me think about the similarities.
Mr. Outfield did a fantastic characterization of the different voices and accents. They stayed true to themselves throughout the entire 24+ hours of audio. It was a monumental feat, and he did it exceedingly well.
You won't go wrong with this book. It is a fantastic story. The characters are very original and unique. Ms. Hilton is a master story teller.
"Great Story For Lucky Reader"
This YA title from Abigail Hilton is a massive, complex example of world bulding and the politics of predation. This is both good and bad for the reader.
The story skirts the line between fantasy and science fiction. All the characters are animals, some very similar to Earthly beasts and other made up out of whole cloth.
The good: Abby's characters are the best parts of her books. This book is no exeption. The characters are are real, complex multi-diminsional and sympathetic. Even the purported villains are likable, in a way. There are several cultures, including preditors, prey and scavangers, with with goals and needs to survive. Abby does a great job in creating these societies and thier dynamics, both internal and external. She shows teasing glimpses of the worlds history that makes me long for a sequel.
The bad: This is a LONG book. There are a lot of characters. The plot covers over a year and ranges across many lands. It is easy to get lost, lose track of where the action is happening, or to whom. All of the characters are talking animals, so identifying with them is difficult at times. The hero of the story, a member of a deer-like race, is able to defeat the preditory cats by successfully running away from them. And I would have liked a more detailed discription of the wholly imaginary races.
The best: Rish Outfield's narration is brilliant. Dozens of characters, from at least five different races and he makes each one unique and instantly identifiable. He compliments Abby's work perfectly.
"Another Amazing Abigail Adventure!"
I'd been listening to this book piecemeal on Abigail's "Worlds of Abigail Hilton" podcast for months. I finally decided I couldn't wait another week, and came here to buy a copy to give credit where it's due. I couldn't stop! I'm so sad it's over!
I already own "Guild of the Cowry Catchers" and loved "The Prophet of Panamindorah", so I knew that Storm's tale would be wonderful too. I'm a fan for life, and I hope you will be as well.
"An Epic Audio Story Lion King meets Watership Down"
An Epic audio book at over 24 Hours its really 3 books in one
When Storm the main character escapes his pursuers by hiding under water.
The book is brought to life by Rish's naration although some of the voices are a little too Disney for my taste this may well suit the intended younger Audience.
In a land between lands and a time between times the Lion King meets Water ship Down.
May not be suitable for younger children due to some more graphic scenes, relating to deaths and the violence of the animal nature of these.
"Fantastic creatures. Epic story. Masterfully told."
Fantastic. Epic. Real.
Yes, I am aware that points one and three could be considered mutually exclusive. Just read it, already.
"We have been Koss."
I had read the ebook several months before listening to the audio, but there is a particular moment when dozens of subtle hints fall together at this line and it still gave me chills. In fact, I think it was MORE chilling the second time around. Some of this was from knowledge revealed later in the story, but I think Rish Outfield's performance played a large part there, too.
Rish Outfield always puts forth every effort to enhance the storytelling when he narrates or acts, and this is his best performance to date. Every species has their own accent. Every character has their own voice. When characters talk around prey in their mouth, Rish speaks with that impediment, managing to maintain character voice and perfectly understandable diction throughout.
I could not think of a better person to narrate this book.
The book is full of emotion. Everything from abject misery to exquisite joy; desperation to exultation. I grinned in excitement, I shouted in delight. I groaned in frustration, and I chuckled in giddy relief.
I couldn't possibly pick out one moment from all of that.
It tickles me that after so many stories where a villain makes the metaphorical deal with the devil, it is a book about talking animals where this deal is made not because the villain is "evil," but simply because he is insatiably curious - and completely clinically psychopathic.
Hunters Unlucky has become one of my all-time favourite stories, and I recommend it to anyone bar the youngest of children.
"Brilliantly Written and Narrated"
I would, and plan to. "Hunters" is captivating and set in a fascinating world you'll want to return to again and again.
The author has compared it to Watership Down and the Jungle Book, and I would say I agree.
Rish Outfield gives every character a unique voice; so much so that you would know who's talking even if the text didn't remind you. He's essentially a one-man fullcast production.
Definitely, but I originally listened to it as a podcast. I was always dying to hear what would happen in the next episode.
Mature listeners who enjoy Hunters Unlucky should also check out Abigail Hilton's 5-part epic, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers.
"Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this"
A bit of a slow start, but once I got into the story I got totally wrapped up in it. Loved the characters and the direction the story took.
"An Epic for the Whole Family"
Adventure, epic, memorable.
The moment when a lishty first speaks, "I have been Kos.".
Storm, a ferryshaft who grows throughout the story. He learns how to survive on the edge of his herd, being an outcast due to his size and color. Other herd members named him Vearil (bad luck) as a foal, and he turns it to his own fortune. He isn't as strong as the others, but he never gives up, and this willpower becomes a catalyst for change all over the island.
Rish Outfield has done a great job with the narration, and I never had a hard time discerning who was speaking.
Storm has to face up to the young Teek and the truth about what happened to his mother. Barely an adult himself, he takes on the heartache of caring for the cub after finding out that his mother died due to Storm's own actions.
A great book for families, the story is engaging and doesn't talk down to any of its readers. There are mature themes, and startling events since it is written for teens, but a parent or older sibling reading with a young one would be appropriate.
"Another island in a rich world"
If you like Ms. Hilton's other work in Panamindorah then this will be no different. Though do not expect any of the known races besides humans to appear here. All of the excitement and wonder from her other books are here.
Any written by Abigail that takes place in this land.
He gives all of the characters distinctive voices so you know who is talking.
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