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)
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.
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!
Love the story. Read all the books several times in print. Love being to listen to them on the go.
Yes. Me, and my older kids were turned off by the reader. Felt like an adult talking to a two year old.
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.
My only experience with the author was from books 1-4 of The Five Kingdoms. That being said, this series is for a way younger crowd. The story was pleasant, but the narrator sounded to child like even when portraying an adult. Being for a younger audience the story was very linear and easily guessed the plot early on.
I would whole heartedly suggest this for children 5-8 as an ongoing bedtime story.
Positives-I think the story is fun and would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone.
Negatives-the narration had WAY too much inflection throughout (nearly every word at times) and made it hard to listen to.
The narration in the beginning seemed childish, and made it difficult for me. I saw this in the reviews before purchase, and I worried it would be a real problem. I stuck with this story because my children were enjoying it. As it went on, the effort the reader puts into voices only won me over more and more, and then MORE. Really, he is amazing. When you start hearing trolls and demons and centaurs, not to mention... this seriously amazing story, you will forget about what bothered you in the beginning and just get sucked into the amazing experience. All 5 books are just excellent. I had to come back and mention this after finishing the series. The warnings of narration almost turned me off to it, and I'm so glad it did not.
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