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Hunters Unlucky

By: Abigail Hilton
Narrated by: Rish Outfield
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Abigail Hilton (P)2014 Abigail Hilton

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McCafferyish

So, you got these deer, that are not deer. they eat meat as well as plants, they even eat each other. They have an agreement with these large panther like cats, to sacrifice some of their own to them, even though the cats don't always eat them. These deer, not deer, can fight and can kill. The book stars a runt deer/not deer, who is a misfit half orphan. His clan treats him like crap, even though there should be lots of orphans due to their agreement with the cats. The plot does thicken, but not to the extent that I wanted to spend 24 hours listening. If this book had been 10 hours or less, I would have stuck with it and maybe read the sequels.

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Enjoyed so much, had to listen to twice

Where does Hunters Unlucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunters Unlucky?

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.

What about Rish Outfield’s performance did you like?

All the characters have different voices, even accents. Even if the names were not mentioned you would have known who was talking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have listened in one sitting if I could, but it took several due to the length.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • 03-15-15

Fantastic story! I loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!!!

What other book might you compare Hunters Unlucky to and why?

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.

What about Rish Outfield’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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An Epic Audio Story Lion King meets Watership Down

Where does Hunters Unlucky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An Epic audio book at over 24 Hours its really 3 books in one

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunters Unlucky?

When Storm the main character escapes his pursuers by hiding under water.

What does Rish Outfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

In a land between lands and a time between times the Lion King meets Water ship Down.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Hunters Unlucky

Hunters Unlucky takes place on an island full of animals that are intelligent. The major conflict in this story surrounds two species called the Ferryshaft and Creasia who have been at odds with each other for a long time. The main character is an animal named Storm who is raised in a time of oppression of his kind. We are able to see an unjust world from the eyes as Storm must learn how to survive and work to make things better for himself and his species.

This isn't a child's book. There are some very brutal scenes. And a horrible "where's my mother?" part that might make you want to just slap your forehead. For the most part this was an entertaining listen. There were a few scenes I could have done without and I would have liked to seen the ending more wrapped up than it was if this is intended to be a stand alone novel. There certainly is enough here for a sequel, but maybe not with the same characters.

The audio recording wasn't that great of quality and I could hear background noise at times. However, I thought the voices were well done.

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Fantastic creatures. Epic story. Masterfully told.

If you could sum up Hunters Unlucky in three words, what would they be?

Fantastic. Epic. Real.

Yes, I am aware that points one and three could be considered mutually exclusive. Just read it, already.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunters Unlucky?

"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.

Have you listened to any of Rish Outfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Absolutely Awesome

I am so very impressed by the writing of this story. I don't believe I've ever been so able to remember names of "characters" in a book as I
have been in this one. With herds and clutters and dens of the different breeds of so many talking "intelligent" animals, the author gave names that just fit into my picture of the story & I could remember them all. The story was spell binding. I loved Watership Down and when a friend told me about this one, I immediately wanted to read it. Now I'm trying to convince my son to read this. He introduced me to Watership Down and we have both called it one of our favorites. Now this one fits way up there among my favorites. I recommend to everyone. The narrator did a most outstanding job. Amazing the way he changed his voice for the different animals as well as from male to female and from young to old. Commendable. I will be looking for more of Abigail Hilton's stories and for others narrated by Rish Outfield.

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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.

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A fantastic hunt and hide tale...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I believe this book can be enjoyed by both adults and young adults alike. My teenage son and I both enjoyed this story.

What does Rish Outfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rish has a great range when it comes to voices, which made listening to this story very easy to follow, especially since the story had many characters and species.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I expected it would take a few sittings since it is such a long book.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to Abigail Hilton’s Panamindorah (The Prophet of Panamindorah and The Guild of the Cowry Catchers) book series and short stories. This is the first of her books that has been outside of that world (excluding her children’s illustrated Eve and Malachi series). Abigail Hilton has not let me down with this book. My 13 year old son and I traded this book back and forth to read before I obtained the audio version. I found I enjoyed the story even more in audio due to the excellent narration. I love finding books that are entertaining for multiple ages as this gives me an opportunity to chat about stories with my son.This fantasy novel is not a quick read, but it is well worth the time. The pace at the beginning is a bit slow, but necessary to bring the reader into the world. The pace does pick up significantly later in the book. The storytelling is fantastic and like all of her stories, the characters are complex in nature. Her description of the world is detailed, making it easy to immerse yourself into the story.It is a story about intelligent creatures with the ability to speak. In the aftermath of a species war, a new generation starts to question traditions and treaties. We follow along with Storm, a half-orphaned, oddly colored ferryshaft runt that is rejected by others of the herd because of this. Storm does not let that stop him and turns things to his advantage. He is very clever, very good at running, and eventually finds a form of acceptance by some members of the herd. This isn’t a feel good book. There are dark moments mixed in with the light-hearted. Abigail Hilton is skilled at not revealing things in a way that takes you through many twists and turns before you find yourself in the midst of the truth.I highly recommend this book for teens as well as adults who love these types of stories.

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Very unique story.

this is the first time I listened to this epic tale. I wade really into it. I had company and I don't think I took my earbuds out. it's a very interesting story.

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  • Kenneth
  • 02-28-21

Fabulous and original story

I loved the characters and the originality of the story. The narrator is truly gifted. Check out Abigail’s other offerings such as Guild Of The Cowry Catchers.

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  • Donna
  • 04-12-15

amazing! I want a sequel!

I loved this book . the narrator was brilliant at giving each character their own voice.

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  • Mommabruv
  • 11-23-16

Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have never come across anything by Abigail Hilton that i haven't enjoyed to the max! I brilliant writer, she draws fabulous pictures with words.

What did you like best about this story?

EVERYTHING

Have you listened to any of Rish Outfield’s other performances? How does this one compare?

everything narrated for Abigail Hilton

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and more than once too

Any additional comments?

I cant get enough of her work. Loved the Cowry Catchers too.