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 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.
I love Brandon Mull's books. They are wonderful. But the narration is difficult to make it through. It's like he's reading to a 5 year old. The narration honestly took away from the magic of the book. But I liked the book enough I suffered through the narration.
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.
I'm not sure because I couldn't actually listen to the whole book. If EB Stevens is narrating, Absolutely Not!!
I felt like a kindergartner, sitting on a rug, while the librarian read s-l-o-w-l-y and clearly to me. It dragged on and on and on. I'm not sure that would have been the case if the story had just been read at a normal pace.
I wanted to hear this book because it was one of my daughters favorites. Even she couldn't stand to listen to it as it was read. Don't they do screenings of a chapter or two before they release an entire audio book? I don't seem to be the only one with this opinion, and I will ALWAYS read the reviews before I buy a book in the future!
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.
Great Magical story.
It was performed like he was reading to kindergardeners. Over dramatic and too high pitched at times. I also did not like the music in the background when the reading started of a new chapter. Sometimes the music did not even fit the title of the chapter or the situation at hand.
I downloaded the audio book because my kids and I loved the book, but the narrator is horrible. He sounds like he's trying to read to a preschool class. Not enjoyable to listen to at all.
“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.
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