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Fablehaven, Book 1 | [Brandon Mull]

Fablehaven, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joanna Murphy, TX, United States 06-18-13
    Joanna Murphy, TX, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I am so excited this has FINALLY come to Audible."
    Where does Fablehaven, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Fablehaven, Book 1 to and why?

    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.


    What does E. B. Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    I wouldn't want to give anything away. The entire series is a delight for adults and children.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the entire series - you will not be disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Joshua Tree, CA, United States 12-28-13
    Linda Joshua Tree, CA, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.

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    "Love this series!"
    Would you listen to Fablehaven, Book 1 again? Why?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik St. Georges, DE, United States 12-19-13
    Erik St. Georges, DE, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An unexpected vacation"
    If you could sum up Fablehaven, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    spellbinding, charming adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe E. B. Stevens’s performance?

    enthusiastic grandparent


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-17-13
    Jason Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "MOST ANNOYING NARRATOR I'VE EVER HEARD !"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Mull and/or E. B. Stevens?

    NEVER ANOTHER BOOK BY THIS NARRATOR


    What didn’t you like about E. B. Stevens’s performance?

    WHERE TO BEGIN - NARRATOR USES DIFFERENT DEGREES OF RASPINESS FOR THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS. THAT'S IT - A ONE TRICK PONY. AND THE OVER ENTHUSIASTIC RASPY DELIVERY OF CHARACTER 'SETH' WHERE EVERY (AND I MEAN EVERY) WORD HE UTTERED SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS AMPED UP ON SOMETHING ACTUALLY MADE WISH HE'D JUST DIE SOMEHOW SO I DIDN'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO HIM ANYMORE.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    IN THE END I JUST GOT MORE AND MORE UPSET AND GAVE UP. THE NARRATION JUST WAS TOO ANNOYING AND MADE ME TOO ANGRY TO LISTEN.
    I'VE BEEN AN AUDIBLE MEMBER SINCE 2006 AND HAVE LISTENED TO 100'S OF BOOKS AND HAVE NEVER HATED ONE AS MUCH AS THIS ONE.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bryony Wantirna Sth, Australia 04-05-14
    Bryony Wantirna Sth, Australia 04-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The worst performance I've ever heard"
    What disappointed you about Fablehaven, Book 1?

    It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Mull’s story?

    Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?

    Hell no!


    What character would you cut from Fablehaven, Book 1?

    The mother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christin LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-22-13
    christin LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story line - narrated for 5 year olds"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-14-14
    Mike PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, would have preferre a different read."
    Would you listen to Fablehaven, Book 1 again? Why?

    Love the story. Read all the books several times in print. Love being to listen to them on the go.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Me, and my older kids were turned off by the reader. Felt like an adult talking to a two year old.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, United States 01-12-14
    Deborah SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Okay listen...just not for kids"
    What did you love best about Fablehaven, Book 1?

    I rather enjoyed the climax of the story; up until that point found the story boring. Took a couple of tries to finish the listen.


    Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?

    Not likely


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

    No. It took multiple goes at this one book. However, I did enjoy the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Had the author realized his intended audience, he may also realize that his word usage was inappropriate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole LINCOLN, CA, United States 01-06-14
    Nicole LINCOLN, CA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Quit reading halfway through, not worth your time."
    Would you try another book from Brandon Mull and/or E. B. Stevens?

    Not impressed with Fablehaven so probably not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Mull again?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not appropriate for children. The two children in the book constantly argue and belittle one another. We quit reading it halfway through, seeing little of value. The book starts painfully slowly, if you push through it doesn't get any better. The author draws no clear lines between right and wrong in the book. Everyone is A-moral which is not what I am trying to teach my children. The children in the book are not very intelligent and constantly get themselves in stupid situations. I was extremely disappointed. I purchased this book for my nine year old boy, it was a waste of money. I prefer the characters in books that he reads to be decent role-models. I prefer books that at least have an underlying moral code. There are many fantastic books for children in the world; Fablehaven is not one of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Bellevue, WA, United States 11-09-13
    Vicki Bellevue, WA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story, Depressingly Amateurish Performance"
    What did you like best about Fablehaven, Book 1? What did you like least?

    Fablehaven has the pace and exciting story that leaves you wanting more.


    What other book might you compare Fablehaven, Book 1 to and why?

    You get carried away with the characters - almost like those in the Narnia series


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is just pathetic. Sounds like he's reading to kindergartener's. The story would be so much more enjoyable if he wasn't so melodramatic. I've read most of the series already and it's so much better in my head where it's almost real and definitely not so amateurish. I bought the audible version so that my husband and I could listen to it together, but it's almost too aggravating listening to E.B. Steven's rendition that I don't know if we'll finish it. I was sorry to see that the next books are also read by Stevens.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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