I usually enjoy Kathi Barton's books so I supect my dislike of this one is very much due to the appalling narration. The narrator has a childlike..Show More » pitch to her voice which is irritating and her characters sound even worse. The mothers in the story sound like Glinda from the Wizard of Oz . Sandra Golden mother of Alistair is very much a matriarchal figure in the series so to hear her voiced as Glinda was just too grating on the ear and for me was the straw that broke the camel's back. Had I read the printed story first I might have allocated more stars to that aspect. Sadly I didn't and think it may be some time before I do, my aversion to it being great having listened to the audiobook.