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The Moon-Spinners

Narrated by: Daphne Kouma
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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The pioneer of romantic suspense Mary Stewart transports listeners to the idyllic hills of midcentury Crete in this tale of peril and intrigue that will keep fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym on the edges of their seats.   

While on a walking holiday through the beautiful, deserted hills of Crete, Nicola Ferris stumbles across a critically injured Englishman, guarded by a fierce Greek. Nicola cannot abandon them and so sets off on a perilous search for their lost companion - all the while being pursued by someone who wants to make sure none of them leave the island.... 

When the big white bird flew suddenly up among the glossy leaves and the lemon flowers, and wheeled into the mountain, I followed it.

©1962 Mary Stewart (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"Mary Stewart is magic." (New York Times)

"One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century." (Independent)

"A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors." (Harriet Evans)

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An old and well loved friend

Those of us who are Mary Stewart aficionados have been so pleased over these past few months to find all of her books have been, or are about to be, recorded unabridged (thanks Audible). The balance, mainly her later, shorter, titles are due to follow in November.
Language evolves, we all know that, and it's been interesting to hear how this, one of her earliest and best loved novels from the 1960s, (heck, Hayley Mills was young when they filmed it) would sound in the hands of a young 21C female actor (I'm assuming that as this seems to be her first narration for Audible) Some words do defeat her, which is a shame as someone could have guided her (for instance for Levite and Psyche we got levity and sickie)
The answer is, not that bad. I was a bit worried at first as Daphne Kouma seemed to be attacking the first narrative sections so fast she was almost breathlessly gabbling, probably out of nervousness, but it did settle down. It's of its time, as all Mary Stewart books are, The Boy meets Girl is from a more innocent age, but the murder and general nastiness is not.
Kouma's characterisation is not bad at all, giving us the very believable light touch of Tony and the sadness and worry of Sophia - and as with all Stewart's practical heroes, Max sounds good. OK, her Colin age 15 sometimes sounds like a rather childish 12 year old by today's standards, but on the whole it's all right.
Now onto My Brother Michael, The Ivy Tree and The Gabriel Hounds, all also released yesterday. For Mary Stewart readers, Christmas has come early. Shame in some ways that the narrators are such a scatter gun mixture, rather than a single voice, but just glad they are all recorded.
As to Daphne Kouma, not a bad first attempt. Hope she goes on to record more.

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  • Teacher Lady
  • 19-08-19

Frustrating volume variations

Disclaimer: I have hearing loss, but with well-fitting earbuds I usually do fairly well. This book is frustrating in that I was constantly fiddling with the volume as the narrator's voice dropped away into a whisper and then increased again to near-shouting. I think she does a wonderful job of dramatizing the story, and the character voices were all good, but the volume thing drove me crazy. There are some small problems with pronunciation. I don't know how caique should be pronounced, but the narrator uses at least three different ones throughout the story.

I am a long-time fan of Mary Stewart's romantic mysteries, and I was so thrilled to see them published on Kindle and then on Audible. The quality of the narration and recording has been disappointingly uneven, unfortunately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-19

terrible narration!

really??? you pick a narrator that slurs her speech and mumbles and talks to fast?? for one of Mary Stewarts best novels??? i am returning it. very disappointed.

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  • Eileen
  • 25-08-19

Fast moving and exciting

I love Mary Stewart and this is one of her best. Not a dull moment.