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Fablehaven, Book 1 Audiobook

Fablehaven, Book 1

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    CL 10-22-13
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    "Good story line - narrated for 5 year olds"

    I love "good for grown-ups too" kids fantasy. This could have been one of them except for the narration. It's very rare for me not to finish a book, however, after four attempts to get comfortable with the juvenile cadence and voice inflections, I threw in the towel at chapter 4. Too bad. The premise is interesting.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Bryony Wantirna Sth, Australia 04-05-14
    Bryony Wantirna Sth, Australia 04-05-14
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    "The worst performance I've ever heard"
    What disappointed you about Fablehaven, Book 1?

    It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Mull’s story?

    Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?

    Hell no!


    What character would you cut from Fablehaven, Book 1?

    The mother.


    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    TFrampton 04-29-16
    TFrampton 04-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Liked it."

    Positives-I think the story is fun and would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone.
    Negatives-the narration had WAY too much inflection throughout (nearly every word at times) and made it hard to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Joshua Tree, CA, United States 12-28-13
    Linda Joshua Tree, CA, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.

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    "Love this series!"
    Would you listen to Fablehaven, Book 1 again? Why?

    I know this series is for kids, but I totally enjoyed ALL the books in the series. Well thought out characters and plots. I felt like I was at Fable Haven myself!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gibbs Dallas, TX USA 06-18-13
    J. Gibbs Dallas, TX USA 06-18-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "I am so excited this has FINALLY come to Audible."
    Where does Fablehaven, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have never written a review before - I am that excited about this series. I have read these books several times and am beyond delighted I can now listen to them.


    What other book might you compare Fablehaven, Book 1 to and why?

    Maybe similar to a Harry Potter, Septimus Heap, or Charlie Bone series. Good for young readers and adults. Stories full of imagination, magic and a little bit of danger.


    What does E. B. Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is no Jim Dale or Simon Jones but he does do a very nice job. His male and female characters are both well acted. To me the sign of a bad narrator is when the cannot do both sexes voices well.


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

    I wouldn't want to give anything away. The entire series is a delight for adults and children.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the entire series - you will not be disappointed.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    E Jason Spinner 10-17-13
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    "MOST ANNOYING NARRATOR I'VE EVER HEARD !"
    Would you try another book from Brandon Mull and/or E. B. Stevens?

    NEVER ANOTHER BOOK BY THIS NARRATOR


    What didn’t you like about E. B. Stevens’s performance?

    WHERE TO BEGIN - NARRATOR USES DIFFERENT DEGREES OF RASPINESS FOR THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS. THAT'S IT - A ONE TRICK PONY. AND THE OVER ENTHUSIASTIC RASPY DELIVERY OF CHARACTER 'SETH' WHERE EVERY (AND I MEAN EVERY) WORD HE UTTERED SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS AMPED UP ON SOMETHING ACTUALLY MADE WISH HE'D JUST DIE SOMEHOW SO I DIDN'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO HIM ANYMORE.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    IN THE END I JUST GOT MORE AND MORE UPSET AND GAVE UP. THE NARRATION JUST WAS TOO ANNOYING AND MADE ME TOO ANGRY TO LISTEN.
    I'VE BEEN AN AUDIBLE MEMBER SINCE 2006 AND HAVE LISTENED TO 100'S OF BOOKS AND HAVE NEVER HATED ONE AS MUCH AS THIS ONE.


    17 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua K. P. Lehi, UT USA. 06-05-16
    Joshua K. P. Lehi, UT USA. 06-05-16

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    "Engaging but irritating."

    The voice that was chosen is distracting. But the story is still engaging and sweet.

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    Travis 04-05-16
    Travis 04-05-16
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    "Horrible narrater"

    This book is great and it was nearly ruined by the narrator. The tone and voice work were better suited for children's stories. This story is is mildly dark and meant to be scary and often sarcastic in the vein tone wise of the Harry Potter series. The reader does not know the meaning of sarcasm and is all around humorless and there are many funny parts to the story. The voice acting should have been on reading rainbow not in anything past a 1st grade reading level. What were you all thinning when you chose this guy. It is bad enough that the whole series should be rerecorded so others won't have to suffer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 02-29-16
    Christine 02-29-16 Member Since 2011
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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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    Martha Depenbrock 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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