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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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  • 06-06-13

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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darker than the first but very good story

4.5 stars Okay, this had a slow build, but ultimately, I think it was a very strong story that ended up being a lot darker than the first book. While I would recommend the first book for middle school kids, I would recommend this for older kids, in part because of the darkness. Still, the second half of this book, in particular, was very well written and concluded, and I like it when a book ends well. This book focused on Enna, who was a supporting character in the first book, and in this book, the story focuses on her struggle with the power of fire speech. I found the resolution of the story to be very satisfying and I look forward to the rest of the series!

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The dangers of playing with fire

Goose Girl was worth the read. Forest Born was too. Enna Burning is part of a two book bridge and perhaps suffers from middle book syndrome. Lots of action for sure, but (after I took a detour through Austen and Bronte and came back) I was struck but the flatness of inner depth. In fact, the battle scenes kept bringing to mind Disney's fox Robin Hood; I could not feel the intended drama. As for Enna's descent into wenchdom, unless you have read book one, it would have been difficult to guess that some kind of magic was at play.

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An amazing adventure

I love how well this book folds in with the goose girl, and looks more closely at Isi and Enna’s friendship. One of the best things Shannon Hale did in this book was to demonstrate long term effects of Isi’s abilities and that Enna and Isi were exactly what the other was missing.

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Awesome.

Unpopular opinion, but I found this more enjoyable than Goose Girl. It was dark, magical, mysterious, unpredictable, and easy to follow...recipe for an excellent fantasy. I'm almost 40 and enjoyed this book immensely, and I'm super grateful to the author for offering the first few books in this series free-of-charge, as I would have never discovered her otherwise; I will definitely be purchasing the last book. I'm surprised that someone in the reviews complained about Finn's "speech impediment" without mentioning that the girl who read Izzy/Ani in this book had a pretty severe lisp that made me unwittingly chuckle in parts (sorry). The narrator, Cynthia Bishop, was phenomenal as always.

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Good storyline

I enjoyed the storyline a lot, although it’s not as great as first book in the series; The goose girl. The performance and especially the music, made this difficult to get through for me. I enjoy a audio book when it is just one or two people reading it, without all the bells and whistles. This isn’t gramps and grandmas day where there is no tv and they listen to the “plays” on the radio for entertainment. It ruins the book, in my opinion. I just want to get lost in the story, not get distracted by all the extras.

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Not as good as the first :(

I read the goose girl and LOVED IT but when I got this one, I was very disappointed. :(

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Not as good as the first

I read Enna Burning years ago and after finding Goose Girl on Audible I decided to listen to this one as well. I don’t know if it because I am older or the process of listening to it but I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I had remembered.

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Different, but good

This book is different from the original, but very good. I listened to this book because I enjoyed the first book, this one is scarier, but very interesting. I agree that this book is not the best for people with fear sensitivity’s. I sincerely hope that the people at AudioGo redo this with the original cast, but otherwise this is a great book!