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Publisher's Summary

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. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken, an arcane evil is unleashed, forcing Kendra and Seth to face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps the world, Kendra must find the courage to do what she fears most.

©2006 Brandon Mull (P)2006 Shadow Mountain

Critic Reviews

"The dialogue snaps and sizzles... Like Harry Potter, Fablehaven can be read aloud in a family with as much pleasure for grownups as for children... Do yourself a favor, and don't miss the first novel by a writer who is clearly going to be a major figure in popular fantasy." (Orson Scott Card, New York Times Bestselling Author)
"Imagination runs wild in Fablehaven. It is a lucky book that can hold this kind of story." (Obert Skye, Author of Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo)

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Great story, OK narrator

Loved the book, but the narrator made many characters sound snotty and rude. Don't add your own huffy sounds and sarcastic tone where it shouldn't be. Kendra, the main character, is strong, honest and kind. She should be read that way!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could have been better

Lots of potential for a classic story but characterizations were shallow. Unfortunately E.B. Stevens reading was lackluster at best and annoying at worse.

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Narration targeting very young audience

Unlike most books in this genre, the narrator is targeting the young listener. As an adult that enjoys other books/series compared to Fablehaven, I struggled to get through the book due to the narrator's style.

I'm sure younger listeners will love this story and audio.

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Great Story

What aspect of E. B. Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

Was not a fan of the narration style. Very much geared towards children and had a slightly annoying quality to his intonation.

Any additional comments?

The chapter/book beginning /end Music overlaying the speech was highly annoying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narration for the entire series

Any additional comments?

I loved reading these books and purchased them all at the same time thinking they would be good background listening for an extended car trip. The narration of these books was just painful. In retrospect I will never buy a series without listening to at least part of one first.

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Narrator ruined it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who likes this narrator

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator should have read the book before reading it to others. Worst performance ever heard on audible and I've heard a few. I couldn't take the story in because he made it unrealistic for me.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Angry. Narrator made Seth actions with the fairy sem like he was enjoying it instead of feeling remorse. I know it's a kids book but the emotions were all the same when they should be scared or somber they were happy and excited.

Any additional comments?

I would have loved to finish this book and even keep buying the series but the narrator ruined it for me not even half way through. I think I will buy the actual books and read them because it seems like a good series. Narrator definitely needs to work on range of emotions because he portrayed Seth as a very annoying trouble maker instead of a curious young boy. I asked my niece to listen and she didn't like narrator either.

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Great book- poor narrator.

Good storyline, but the narrator is terrible. Annoying voices with intonation that doesn't seem appropriate throughout most of the book.

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Great story! Bad reader

This reader is just...extra bad. I’m not sure how to explain it. Part of me wants to know what happens next, but most of me is like “Not with this reader.” Yikes. He does ok with character voices, but I kept thinking it felt like a kindergarten teacher’s first time reading see spot run aloud, but way,way longer. It feels jerky and uncomfortable with artificially high tones like every sentence is half exclamatory. No bueno. No more of this reader.

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  • Brandi
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  • 01-07-18

My 9 year old loved it!

My 9 year old has Dislexela and listening to books is a great way for him to enjoy stories.
We listen to books in the car instead of playing games on a tablet. My 9 year old couldn't stop listening, he would want to sit in the car just to listen to this book. I showed him how to make Alexa play a audible book. He would sit and listen. I told him this was a series and he has already asked for the next book!