Regular price: $13.96

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
  • Get access to the Member Daily Deal
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

When Lady Saren defies her father’s command to marry the vicious Lord Khasar, she is sealed in a tower with only her serving maid, Dashti, for company. In their cramped, dark space Dashti pours her thoughts into a daily journal while pitiless solitude engulfs them.

At first the girl is optimistic: they have food aplenty, candles for light, and even a visit from Lady Saren’s true love, Khan Tegus - though he can only call to them from outside their walls. But Saren is ill of mind, the outside world is changing, and their circumstances soon grow desperate. And even if they do escape, they must still face the eerie malice of Lord Khasar. To survive, Dashti and Saren forge a bond of devotion and deception that will test them to their limits.

Once again, Shannon Hale, author of the Newbery Honor Book Princess Academy, weaves an enchanting and original fantasy that will catch and hold listeners breathless in its spell.

©2007 Shannon Hale (P)2008 Full Cast Audio and AudioGO

Critic Reviews

"In this retelling of a brothers Grimm fairy tale, Chelsea Mixon ideally portrays Dashti, a servant bound to rebellious Lady Saren, whose role is read by Rozlyn Jakes-Johnson. The tale is told through Dashti’s journal entries, in which she recounts her imprisonment in a sealed tower with Lady Saren, who defied her father’s command to marry. Dashti’s communication with Khan Tegus (Saren’s true love), vanquishing of an evil tyrant, and eventual escape are among the plot developments. The story is perfect for a full-cast reading. All of the actors add layers of meaning, enlivening even the minor characters. Saren transforms from addled to self-assured, Khan Tegus (played by Conor Nolan) from romantic to ruler, and Dashti from subservient to self-confident. Mixon proves especially effective when singing melodic renditions of "healing songs." An enchanting listening experience. ( Booklist)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    112
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    102
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    99
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I can't stop from playing it over and over again

If you could sum up Book of a Thousand Days in three words, what would they be?

Exotic original fantasy

What other book might you compare Book of a Thousand Days to and why?

I don't really have a specific book in mind, but I have a type of book. I read a lot, and once of the things I hate most about books is predictability. There's a point where you've read so much that each book is too predictable to be interesting. I may read them anyway, but I find it a bit boring. Something I've come to appreciate is unusual or original characters and story lines. Dashti, the main character of this book, is not a princess. She doesn't have magical powers. She doesn't have overly amazing powers of deduction that allow her to solve all problems in two seconds. I love Dashti because she is actually like a normal person and is, therefore, relatable. There are books I've read before with characters like that, but another fatal flaw for writers is that they rush a plot too quickly and end up ruining the characterization that would make those characters more likable. Shannon Hale did a perfect job with the pacing of the story, and the narrator, Chelsea Mixon, did will in keeping that rhythm in her narration.

What does Chelsea Mixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually read this book many years ago, long before I knew there was an audiobook version or if I would even like to listen to audiobooks. Chelsea actually does a fantastic job portraying Dashti, narrating just like how I imagined Dashti to speak, the rhythm, the tone. All of it is well done. Because of that, Chelsea Mixon brings a new life to Dashti that isn't found by just reading the book.

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

I actually received the audible badge for listening to a book straight through, so...yes. Haha.

Any additional comments?

This book is more of a young adult novel, but it is appropriate for all ages, I think. There is a darker understanding of the truth of the situation there for adults to pick up, but everything in the book is just mild enough that nothing would scare children too badly or be inappropriate for children to listen to. I highly recommend it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Steve
  • OGDEN, UT, United States
  • 07-20-15

I charming little book.

As A 75-year-old man I am embarrassed to admit how it delighted me. Congratulations to both the author and the narrator.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enchanting!

This was the first time that I had heard a Full Cast Audio production, and I was a bit hesitant. I'm so used to the more traditional style. However, Book of a Thousand Days did not disappoint! I actually found the full cast part to be really engaging and not at all distracting as I had feared.

The story is another Shannon Hale twist on an old fairy tale, but it's my absolute favorite of the bunch. I love the heroine, Dashti, with her courage, kindness, and imperfections. I like that she can be moody and make mistakes, but she is still completely likable and worth rooting for.

The format of the book is that it's her journal, and that part is well done in terms of writing. I'm always frustrated with journal-like books that don't make sense as journals, but here you can see even her silly thoughts and daily problems. The audiobook does lose a bit though as it doesn't (obviously) contain Dashti's illustrations, which are in the hard copy version.

All in all, classic (and wonderful) retelling of a fairy tale with a very engaging full cast production. I highly recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very enjoyable for family car trip

What made the experience of listening to Book of a Thousand Days the most enjoyable?

Excellent production, engaging story and overall Shannon Hale loveliness made this a great choice for the family roadtrip.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The heroism of Dashti was heartwarming

Any additional comments?

Thanks for the fine work of Full Cast Productions!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Highly Recommended

After having listened to Audible's complete collection of Shannon Hale (this being the last one on my list) I have to say I loved it! It was fun to hear some familiar voices from other books.

This one has SUCH a great story. The performances were great, although the musical interludes were not always my favorite. This one is interesting because there are a lot of songs sung by the actors. I wish that the singing was a little less operatic and sounded more like a young girl. It wasn't too distracting though.

As a huge Shannon Hale and Audible fan, I have to give my whole-hearted recommendation for Book of a Thousand Days.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Can't Stop Listen It Again And Again

I love all the characters in the book. My favorite was Dashi. She was loyal to her Lady ever if it was a crime to do it. This was there for her Lady ever for the bad and good thing that happen in her life.
Review - Book if a Thousand Days is about a maid name Dashi. She talk her story about her life live in the tower and her life after they escape from the tower. Dashi is the maid to Lady Saren. Saren is refuse to marry a man she hate and scared of. Dashi help her lady live in the tower and after the escape too. Lady Saren sometime made Dashi to pretend she was Lady Saren. Dashi fell in love with Lord Tegus but he think she is Lady Saren. Dashi has to fix the problem and to ask Lady Saren to tell the true about they secret before they found out.
This Book writing is so good it was so hard to put down. The narrator was the best, She made you think that you were in the book and Dashi feel though the book.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

What's next?

I kept waiting for the book to get better but it never did. Maybe a different narrator would have changed everything. I was disappointed because I've really enjoyed the author's other books.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazingly captivating

I read this book when I was ten, but I was always ahead in reading, and I would say this would be a good book for many ages. I will certainly be rereading it in the future. Anyway, I went into it thinking it would be bad just reading it because I had some time on my hands and it was there. Twenty minutes in I was hooked, and stayed up half the night to finish it. What I liked most was that it was different, and the plot was not obvious, and like I said, though it's probably meant for younger readers, I think a large range of people would like this. Oh yeah, and the full cast narration was the best, as usual.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Narrator Almost Ruined

Narrators should bve forbidden from sporadically bursting into song during a reading. I love Shannon Hale books but was very disappointed with the overdramatic narrator.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

I like this writer

For one thing, she's Mormon, like me, the story just isn't the best... I don't know... you can't explain the story, and I only gave it one star, but don't take my word for it, you'll only know it you like it unless you try it, so try it, if you want. Give it a try.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jacki
  • 12-23-12

Lovely

Really lovely story. Even though the main character is locked in a tower, there's plenty of action with a traditional happy ever after ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful