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The Guild of the Cowry Catchers

A Story of Pirates and Panamindorah, Complete 5-Book Series
Narrated by: Abigail Hilton, Full Cast
Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

Even villains need a hero.

Gerard lost his birthright in his small island kingdom when he married the court minstrel. He fled to the only place that offered protection from his father and his vengeful local deity - the service of the High Priestess.

Unfortunately, his superior officer, Silveo, takes an instant disliking to Gerard. Silveo has a reputation for cruelty, cunning, and a biting wit. He's a minority species, and rumors claim that he was once an assassin, who clawed his way to power from a childhood of poverty and abuse.

In spite of their differences, the Priestess insists that Gerard and Silveo cooperate to destroy the charismatic pirate, Gwain, and his mysterious organization, the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. Gwain has been killing off the Temple Police for years, and he seems likely to make a swift end of Gerard...if Silveo doesn't do it first.

This download includes the entire 5-book series. Warning: This story includes sexual scenes and situations.

©2011 Abigail Hilton (P)2010 Abigail Hilton

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A Completely Absorbing Story

What did you like most about The Guild of the Cowry Catchers?

The characters were so believable and I was able to picture them easily. I found myself completely absorbed in this fantasy world.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were excellent with their own characters and foibles. If I had to choose it would probably be either Gerard, Silveo or Twain but I cannot pick just one.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Perhaps the rising of the Phoenix and Silveo appearing from beneath his wing or the picture of Gerard in the mill trying to keep his head above water.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Come join in this fantasy world of intrigue, conflict, magic and love.

Any additional comments?

I would just like to say that the voice actors were magnificent and brought all the characters to life showing their individual talents,.

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True epic fantasy with incredible production

I actually have listened a bunch of this series on Podiobooks a long, long time ago and read the rest (the Refugees series is also in the same world and time period but follows mostly different cast of characters). Regardless of remembering how the grand story arc goes this was incredibly enjoyable to listen again, I can't emphasize enough how much the full-cast "radio play" style production adds to the experience.

Also a whole bunch of the voice actors are great authors in their own right and after looking them up (way back when I first read this story) I have started to follow their stories as well.

There's intrigue, detective work, adventure, swashbuckling, sailing, lost and found love (and some sex), personal growth. Also social commentary, but it's not as overt as like with say Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie. Though I really like both of those movies regardless of the obvious underlining of analogies).

Wefrivain is a very harsh place, especially for people who are not of the dominant group (and that has desperately poor people as well) and there are very hard subjects covered (brutal violence and cruelty, various forms of sexual coercion, social injustice). If you are very sensitive to such things, especially since the audio production is superb and makes the experience stronger, you might need to skip this one: There are no "trigger warnings", which I like since they always ruin the flow of the story but it also means that people who need those cannot enjoy even the non-triggering parts without risking a very unpleasant experience.

Also if you have very strict views about love (and sex) between two males or any other "non traditional" (if the stuck up Victorian views are considered "traditional") love and don't want those views challenged, maybe skip this series (maybe skip everything but the Eve and Malachi books by the author, as far as I recall all of them have a healthy amount of" non-traditional" love).

Full disclosure: I got this for free, not explicitly for review purposes but because I won a competition set up by the author and got to choose any two Audible productions from her. The fact that I wanted to listen to this story again should also give some indication of how much I enjoyed it.

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Too much sex not enough story

voices become boring story line fragmented too much time spent on soft sex. basic story fine. promised much delivered little.

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Good Story - Unnecessary Padding

The story is a good old fashioned swashbuckling yarn of disinherited princes, dragons, revolution and pirates. It is marred somewhat by hours of discourse on the interpersonal relationships of the main protagonists - I think this is meant to add depth, it just adds hours to the listening. Would benefit from an abridged version.

The production is excellent with a cast of over 40 voice actors and relevant sound effects - more of a radio play than an audio book.