• Calling on Dragons

  • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The third of four volumes in the critically acclaimed Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

Queen Cimorene, Morwen the witch, and a host of other characters once again foil the plots of the perfidious wizards in this third volume of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

This time, the dastardly wizards have stolen King Mendanbar's magic sword, vital to the health of the forest, right out of the castle armory. Morwen joins Cimorene, Kazul, Telemain, several cats, and Killer on a quest to retrieve the sword. Meanwhile, back at home, the forces of the wizards are gathering.

©2002 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2002 Listening Library

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Great book, amateurish performances

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better performances. This is Cathy Dobson level bad. The main characters sound like snotty, know-it-all 8 year olds in adult bodies, and the animal voices are a poor impression of cartoonish. I kept cheering for them to get better at it as the performance went on, in the way of the amateur audiobook readers on Youtube, but no such luck.

How could the performance have been better?

If any book series is screaming for a re-record with a professional audiobook narrator, this is it.

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  • 12-22-14

Downward spiral

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I read these books 20 years ago, and having them done by a full cast was a dream come true for the first book. The second book was alright, though I thought Telemain was a bit off, but I chalked it up to personal interpretation. But this book...All of the animal characters are terrible, the most obvious being Killer and Fiddlesticks. So very off-putting.

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great

some of the voices didnt seem to fit some of the characters. at least different in my head

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Telemain, Killer, and the cats

I loved these stories when I was growing up. This one is pretty middle of the road, but, oh my god... Telemain's voice is completely unbearable. It was alright in the last book, where he wasn't so much of a main character, but, in this one, the dude does not shut up. Stammering and stuttering at the beginning of every sentence. On top of that, there's Killer and almost all of the cats. The scenes where it's almost exclusively those characters are pure torture. It has to be an issue with direction, so I'm not blaming the voice actors. To have a character that stammers at the beginning of ever sentence and has a whiny voice be one of the main focus is, tragically, nails on a chalk board, for me. I'm only half way through, and I can't force myself to finish in the middle of a quarantine.

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The one book every one should listen to

This is the audiobook that made me a fan of audiobooks. phenomenal!! Everyone I recommend it to loves it whether 6 or 60.

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I hate cliffhangers!

I think that this book should have been folded in to another larger book. I'd give these 5 stars but I just couldn't given these facts. Sorry Patricia x

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A perfect third addition to the series

Many voice actors are used again to add to the quality of the story. This time it’s an even more mysterious and twisting story evolving around the characters. Again for preteen and up.

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Volume of the different voices was not modulated

I loved the story and different voices, but some voices were booming while others you could hardly hear.

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Full cast doesn't help here

It's been a long time since I read the first two books in this series, and I own the next two, counting this one. It was often annoying--because Killer, the rabbit/donkey is so annoying, and the cats are as well. Morwen was fine, as well as the Queen. I don't care for the "bad" wizards either. It was just overall annoying and childish, though perhaps would appeal to a child. I will finish the series, however.

The full cast treatment didn't do this book any favors. It would have been much more palatable if one narrator, skilled at varied voices--and Audible has access to many of those talented folk--had read it. I have concluded that the narration is what did me in on this and added to my feelings of annoyance with so many of the characters.

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My favorite in the series!

My favorite in the series, maybe mostly because of Fiddlesticks, Arglefraster, and what happens with head wizard Zemenar and Arona Michaelear Vamist. ;-) If you haven't read yet, then that's all I'll say on the matter, but if you have read you know what I mean. :-D the only downside is Telemain (his just sounds annoying and hesitant where I never ever felt he was hesitant wheni reading the books) and Killer's voice makes him sound not intelligent and scared, and I always felt like he was scared and foolish which would sound different than not intelligent. The story itself is great and I've known it since I was about 12 and I'm 37 now. I highly encourage you to listen and if the voices get to you, switch to the books cause they really are a great read. :-)

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  • 04-15-16

Terrible cast, great story

This book/series is a childhood favourite. Unfortunately some of the characters in the cast (notably Killer and Telemain, even Kazoul) were so over the top and fake that this performance is not a true reflection on the quality of the book.