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Gilly Ramsey's lonely childhood was brightened only by visits to her godmother until her death, when the then grown-up Gilly inherited the family cottage, Thornyhold. With its magical and peaceful strength and its sovereign defenses against evil, Thornyhold strikes an end to Gilly's loneliness, despite its revealing her family's history of witchcraft.

©1988 Mary Stewart (P)1989, 2017 Dove Morrow Books-On-Tape / Phoenix Books

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Good story not so good sound quality.

This has been a favourite Mary Stewart story of mine for many years Hhwever, this audio version was done in 1989 on cassette so the quality is not great with some sibilant speech and volume variation. This can be heard on the sample extract.

The narration though is good and it is not an expensive purchase and it is a neat whimsical story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-2018

Great story

Great story, but if I didn’t know story (it’s my favorite book), I wouldn’t know what was happening. Even with my phone at full volume, I could barely hear it!!Very disappointed at that.

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  • Cynthia Hardy
  • 12-06-2018

Terrible Playback Quality

It has been years since I read this book so I purchased the Audible version to listen to while driving to see my son. Unfortunately, the sound quality of some of the voices was so poor and low that I could barely hear parts of it even later when I put on headphones. This is the only time I have ever had difficulties with an Audible book. The book, of course, is still a beautifully descriptive example of Mary Stewart's work.

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  • Patty K
  • 04-06-2018

Love the story, narration too uneven

I love Mary Stewart's novels. She excels at mood, sense of place, and characters, and Thornyhold is wonderful in all three. Unfortunately it took a lot of effort to listen to. I love Jenny Agutter as an actress, but she was louder at the start of each sentence and then tailed off, making it hard to set a comfortable volume.

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  • Sheri Loftin
  • 24-07-2018

Great story but the recording quality was terrible

I love this story and the woman reading it is great. However, the recording is terrible. It sounds muffled and quiet and is very difficult to hear.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-2018

Sound quality terrible. Story chopped.

The sound quality seems as if the reader's voiced is muffled by sheets of cotton. There are also frequently rumbly background noises as if the microphone is being moved or rubbed.
The story is severely abridged, missing some of the most charming detail.
A favorite story treated very poorly.
I liked the narration, when audible, and the sound tolerable.
Skip this

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  • Mommy Mel of CO
  • 21-08-2018

Poor sound quality

This was about half volume the whole time and sort of unfeeling or slurred at times. I had to rewind and listen again and again to catch everything. The publisher would benefit by re-recording or re-editing the content.

Cute story. Well written.

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  • Elle Gee
  • 07-04-2018

Masterfully done

I love this story- even more through audible. Thank you so much for having this story available . I should look for other stories

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  • Scorpio
  • 26-11-2017

An old favorite

This story was enjoyed but sadly spoilt by low volume and too fast speech.Mary Stewart is one of my favourite authors.