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)
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.
NEVER ANOTHER BOOK BY THIS NARRATOR
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.
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.
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.
No. It took multiple goes at this one book. However, I did enjoy the storyline.
Had the author realized his intended audience, he may also realize that his word usage was inappropriate.
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.
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 would recommend this to someone that loves Fairy Tale adventure type books.
My favorite character was Kendra. She had a great performance in this book.
Very lively. He brought Each character to life very well.
Yes, this could be a great book to sit and read while snowed in or just have a lot of time. It held my attention the whole time.
(SPOILER ALERT) However, I Did NOT like Seth... His blatant disregard for the Rules set forth and how he repeatedly kept breaking them, was exhausting and made me want to Punch him in the face.
Unlike most books in this genre, the narrator is targeting the young listener. As an adult that enjoys other books/series compared to Fablehaven, I struggled to get through the book due to the narrator's style.
I'm sure younger listeners will love this story and audio.
It's a great first book for Brandon Mull but it pales in comparison to his more recent books. His writing skills have improved greatly. That being said he created a wonderful world with a lot of fun and unique ideas even if the writing isn't the best.
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