For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...
Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.
©2006 Brandon Mull (P)2006 Shadow Mountain
"The dialogue snaps and sizzles... Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children... Do yourself a favor, and don't miss the first novel by a writer who is clearly going to be a major figure in popular fantasy." (Orson Scott Card, New York Times Bestselling Author)
"Imagination runs wild in Fablehaven. It is a lucky book that can hold this kind of story." (Obert Skye, Author of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo)
I have never written a review before - I am that excited about this series. I have read these books several times and am beyond delighted I can now listen to them.
Maybe similar to a Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, or Charlie Bone series. Good for young readers and adults. Stories full of imagination, magic and a little bit of danger.
The narrator is no Jim Dale or Simon Jones but he does do a very nice job. His male and female characters are both well acted. To me the sign of a bad narrator is when the cannot do both sexes voices well.
I wouldn't want to give anything away. The entire series is a delight for adults and children.
Get the entire series - you will not be disappointed.
I love Brandon Mull. His books are great for kids and adults. I was thrilled when the Fablehaven series was added to audible. My consumption of books is primarily through audiobooks these days. Only my love of this series got me through the terrible narration. Not every book can be narrated by Jim Dale, but this series deserves better!
I like the juxtaposition of drama and comedy. Seth and the satyrs are my favorites!
Barely. I am so glad that I was not introduced to this series via this audio recording!
If everything is (vocally) in italics, bold, caps, and underlined, nothing will stand out. Every sentence is uttered with breathless surprise and awe by this reader, and it's excrutiating to listen to. I abandoned the audio book in chapter 3 and just read the book. So horribly bad.
Absolutely not. I will be checking every audio book I buy in the future to ensure it's NOT E. B. Stevens.
The story, yes.
Quite liked the story but couldnt get past chapter 7 as the narrator made the story grindingly boring and tedious
As said above I think this would be a great series except for the narration. It was so bad that I have returned the book to Audible.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
My daughter has listened to the entire series five times and just started it over again. She listens to it whenever she's doing chores, or just before bed. She's a sixth grader and thinks this is about the best series she's read...maybe even as good as Harry Potter (her words).
I too listened to the books and found them entertaining. The story if full enough to keep an adult engaged, but is clearly aimed at the younger audience. My sixth grader is probably the perfect audience.
The story has an interesting plot, where everyday kids find themselves caught up in a place where magic is real. The kids act as kids would, they are amazed, tempted to check out things better left alone, and more cleaver than the adults give them credit for.
If you're looking for something for your kids to enjoy...jump on this. If you are an adult that enjoys lighter fantasy, you will like it as well. Great for a family car trip! The kids will love it, and the adults will be entertained.
I am not in agreement with the many reviewers who disliked the narrator's performance; I thought it was quite good, considering what he had to work with. I listen to and read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi. I don't think I've ever encountered a world I cared about less or characters I liked less. The children, especially the boy, are utterly unsympathetic. The grandfather is an idiot. Despite his grandchildren's proving themselves untrustworthy again and again, and his grandson Seth's breaking every rule he's given, Grandfather continues to expose them to danger with a flaccid "Obey the rules and you'll be all right."
What capped it for me, though, was the introduction of "fairy trading" partway through the book. These fairies are thinking beings, with language--and they're being captured, bought and sold. For their own good, of course. I kept waiting for any of the characters, or the author, to show some awareness that this minor plot point was SLAVERY. Seth perpetrates an unthinkably cruel act upon one of them, and all his grandfather has to say is that it was an accident. (Which, incidentally, it was not.)
I don't need every book I read to be a morality tale, but some dim awareness of right and wrong ought to enter somewhere. I am returning a book to Audible for the first time ever.
It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.
Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.
I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.
I know this series is for kids, but I totally enjoyed ALL the books in the series. Well thought out characters and plots. I felt like I was at Fable Haven myself!
spellbinding, charming adventure
Kendra, she gives you an entry into this magical world and other than a generation of difference in age is the character I am the most like in temperament. I am hoping that in the following books we get to know the supporting cast better.
Yes, I think it took us about 3 sittings, but I found myself waiting until we had an opportunity to keep listening. Once we were fully introduced to the world of Fablehaven we did not want to stop listening. Once the adventures really got intense we really, really did not want to stop.
EB Stevens character voices are good, but he reads like he is talking down to his audience. I found it a bit annoying as a parent listening, but my kids were offended, feeling as if he was being patronizing.
I love "good for grown-ups too" kids fantasy. This could have been one of them except for the narration. It's very rare for me not to finish a book, however, after four attempts to get comfortable with the juvenile cadence and voice inflections, I threw in the towel at chapter 4. Too bad. The premise is interesting.
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