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Fablehaven, Book 1 Audiobook

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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    SS 09-13-15
    SS 09-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story! Mediocre juvenile performance."
    If you could sum up Fablehaven, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Great Magical story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hadassac'yanni 06-23-15
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    "Wonderful book, horrible audio book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BLReedfam 01-27-15
    BLReedfam 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't Get Passed The Narrator!"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Mull and/or E. B. Stevens?

    I'm not sure because I couldn't actually listen to the whole book. If EB Stevens is narrating, Absolutely Not!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-14-14
    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2011
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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.


    3 of 4 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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    E Jason Spinner 10-17-13
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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.


    13 of 19 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Dragovich 05-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic story for children!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TFrampton 04-29-16
    TFrampton 04-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Liked it."

    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.

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    Just Some Listener Houston, TX United States 04-19-16
    Just Some Listener Houston, TX United States 04-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I beg you, stick with it! So very worth it."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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