• The Robin and the Kestrel

  • Bardic Voices, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rune, Robin, and Nightingale. Together they will save us all. (If we're very lucky.)

Rune: She ran away from an abusive home to become the greatest violinist her world had ever known—and when the Ghost of Skull Hill tried to stop her, she played him to sleep!

Robin: No mean musician herself, she must make her own visit to Skull Hill - to recruit the dreadful ghost to their cause.

Nightingale: Alone she could accomplish nothing. So she joined forces with T'fyrr, a strange nonhuman with the face of a raptor and the voice of an angelic choir.

This unlikely set of heroes had the daunting task of saving the King—and through him the Gypsies, Free Bards, and non-humans of the twenty kingdoms. Fortunately, their opponents had no idea how potent a weapon music could be....

©1993 Mercedes Lackey (P)2022 Tantor

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Great book

Loved it! Good narration, I like her. Ready and waiting for the next installment

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bards and propaganda


The Robin & The Kestrel (Bardic Voices, #2)
by Mercedes Lackey
For Creative Edge Publicity.
an amazingly timely story, of women's rights, artistic rights set in a mythological future world. Taking from the story of the Lark and the Wren, The Robin and the Kestrel show the next story in this remarkable world. A cross between science fiction and fantasy this story shows the nature of propaganda and how it can change peoples hearts and minds, much to the worst. The Idea that a religion could break the world is not a new concept. Nor that people use religion to excuse very evil actions, or opinions. But that people can be easily manipulated if people slowly are shown that something is contrary to popular opinion. This would be a great story for middle school reading groups, as they are shown more and more of the modern history. Its a way to introduce the problems of world war 2, and other media frenzied popular manipulation through propaganda. I love the characters, and the mythos of this world, the idea that sometimes people need to understand that differences are not inherently evil, but in many ways can help you not only see a broader world but also understand that there is more than one way to do anything

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I couldn’t stand the narrator’s fake stutter.

I have t been able to finish the book because ever time I listen, all I can hear is the terrible fake stutter.

Otherwise, the story may be good, but I’ll have to read the physical book to find out.

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entertaining to say the least

Amazing performance by the narrator. A very good story line although climax was somewhat predictable. All and all greatly entertaining.

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Mercedes is a bard of a story teller.

Entertainment, music, magic. Fun reading. I love her Collegium series the best of all.