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Publisher's Summary

It’s been two years since Enna was swept up in a heart-pounding court adventure. Now, having returned to her old life in the forests of Bayern, she is growing restless. When a strange force takes possession of her brother, Liefer, she returns to the capital to seek the help of her friend Isi, Bayern’s princess. But Bayern is tottering on the verge of war with neighboring Tira. When endowed with the terrifying gift that destroyed Liefer, Enna takes herself to war - only to embark on an epic journey of discovery and betrayal that will force her to come of age.

Shannon Hale’s fiery companion to her acclaimed retelling of The Goose Girl is dark, intricate, deeply passionate, and ultimately triumphant. Listeners, whether returning to Bayern or making their first visit, will find themselves enthralled.

©2004 Shannon Hale (P)2007 Full Cast Audio and AudioGO

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Amazing book!

Enna burning is amazing book. It begins after Goose Girl and is an adventure from the perspective of Enna. I thought it had a great story line and it was cool to see the story of the kingdom continuing. It has more of a serious mood to it but I really liked the way it tied into the whole series. It has war, adventure, and romance all combined to make a great book. I almost wish there was more about Finn and Razo too but we do get more of that in River Secrets, the 3rd book. The performance was pretty good and a lot of the people did a great job, some of the voices don't always match the mood, but for the most part the performers did well. I would recommend this book to young adults and older because it is slightly darker than the first but there's nothing too serious in the book. This book is for those who like a good fiction book.

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Not the Same Enna

Would you consider the audio edition of Enna Burning to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I'm not a huge fan of a "full cast recording," especially when one of the main readers, the boy who plays Finn has a speech impediment. His s is overpronounced and sometimes pronounced with an sh sound so that "yes" comes out "yesh" or "yeth." It was incredibly distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

I don't really know how to answer this. The Goose Girl is based on a fairy-tale and I think that format helps Hale quite a bit. When departing from the fairy-tale, she sometimes becomes lost. This book had a lot of battles and therefore a lot of repetition. Once Enna is captured by the enemy, the story becomes much more personal and interesting. However, I still did not enjoy it as much as the Goose Girl or the Princess Academy series. I don't know whether I'll get the third and fourth books in the Bayern series. I might read them from the library instead since this book was a slight disappointment and only multi-cast recordings are available.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I would rather have listened to a narrator instead of a full-cast recording. A good narrator can create characters. 10-15 people aren't necessary and they're more distracting than anything. I do think this detracted from the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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The descriptions of the fire calling to Enna to burn. I liked the fact that she saw what happened to her brother and thought she could do the same, but come off unscathed. The author's descriptions were very similar to explaining an addiction.

I also thought the parts with her lover were particularly moving. If anyone has been in a relationship with a manipulative person, or if you've ever read about Stockholm Syndrome, you can relate to what she went through.

Any additional comments?

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If you read or listened to Goose Girl, you remember Enna as a strong and loyal friend. For most of this book, she's a traitorous wench who hops into bed with the first smooth talking man she comes across. It's disgusting to see these changes, particularly because she completely gets away with it in the end.

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The best book ever!

This was an amazing book so much detail and I felt like I was there!

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Shannon Hale is A StoryTeller Like No Other

I absolutely adored Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy when I was in middle school. I had heard of her other books but never read them until just recently (I’m now 25).

I love how Hale writes her female characters, especially. There’s normally some plot of romance, but these are no damsels in distress. These are young ladies who need a partner— not a hero, and often find it their female companions.

ENNA BURNING is ultimately a story about the love of friends and two young ladies’ journey to save each other.

The narration is pretty good— I enjoy the full cast.
There are a few characters that just sounded SO much younger than I imagine them (Izzie being one of them). This made listening to their parts a little jarring because my brain would scramble to reconcile what I imagined with what I was hearing.

Ultimately, I loved this story and I will ALWAYS recommend Shannon Hale to someone who is looking for strong female characters or a story that is reminiscent of a fairy tale.

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Thank You Shannon Hale!

I am a huge (Shannon Hale Version) Goose Girl fan! I can listen to the story and the production over and over and over again! I love Izzy and Enna and Razzo! I love the stories! I love the characters! I am incredibly in love with the production!

When I came back to burn some credits I was as giddy as a 5 year old on Christmas Eve to see the story continued!!! Thank You Shannon Hale for such beautiful storytelling! I love this series more than I could ever express! I wanted to start it straight back at the beginning as soon as it ended!

I love these characters as much as I love Fred and George Weasley! I need to go to the next installment! I’m not even sure if I’m listening to them In The right order, and it’s going to be so much fun finding out if I did it right or not!



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Thoroughly enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed this story by Shannon Hale as much as the others. The cast of characters was amazing the storyline was a loreline was exciting and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Fun, but not as good as Goose Girl

A nice addition to the Goose Girl series but characters didn't have the same hold for me as the first book.

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Lots of twists

I'm going to start right off by saying spoiler alert. This book has lots of twists, including a heroine that seems ditzy and easily swayed, or is she....Shannon Hale has done another amazing job at drawing me into the lives of these young people, making me want to go to Bayern. Cynthia Bishop and the full cast audio crew increases the listening pleasure. I can't wait to start the third storyline in this series.

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Interesting story at the end

The story just seems to drag on and on. I think 3 or 4 chapters in the middle could have been cut. So if you find yourself tiring of the same ideas repeated over and over just skip ahead a bit. Ending is great. Performers did great.

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Great story...

The narrator, Cynthia Bishop, makes it really easy and nice to follow the story. I like the way the author, Shannon Hale, tied this story to the initial, The Goose Girl.