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  • Fablehaven, Book 1

  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fablehaven deserves a better narrator!

  • By Meg Barry on 07-31-14

Narration is AWFUL!!!!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

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

Absolutely not. I will be checking every audio book I buy in the future to ensure it's NOT E. B. Stevens.

Was Fablehaven, Book 1 worth the listening time?

The story, yes.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,051
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,066

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Hands-down the best audio book I've ever heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-11

The story is good, and charming, and compelling, but what really made this book stand out was the "narration". I put quotes around narration because this was more acting than reading. It was absolutely amazing, and I was sad to hear it end. The only drawback is that I haven't found any other audiobooks that even come close.