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The Golden Braid

Narrated by: Jude Mason
Series: Hagenheim, Book 6
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)

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The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly, she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again - this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight - Sir Gerek - Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after 17 years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

©2015 Melanie Dickerson (P)2015 Zondervan

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Like a whirlwind...

This story was light and fun, the kind I love to listen to while I'm sewing or otherwise needing my eyes and hands but not my brain. I have no complaints, and I've read several of Dickerson's books now (though this is my first audio copy.)

However...The narrator reads crazy fast, with little to no phrasing. I am a fast speaker myself, but I couldn't handle this. It made me feel stressed trying to keep up!

I ended up turning it down to .75 speed, and even then, it was often hard to tell who was talking because the voices were all very similar and their conversation ran together. Often, even at .75 speed, the only way I could tell that Dickerson had started a new section, chapter, or a new character's perspective was by contextual clues - because there was no pause between one section/chapter and the next to signify the change.

Mason's voice was very consistent throughout the book - the book was read, rather than acted, with little variation in the voices of the characters.

That said, Mason has a lovely, pleasant, clear voice, and I think that if she would just slow down and take a moment to allow space between sections of the chapters, she would make a very excellent reader.

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Superb!

An awesome retelling of Rapunzel! Okay so you want a bit more information than that. I adore fairytales and have yet to find a retelling which I didn't like. This one reminds me very fondly of other fantasy reads, especially the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey which doesn't have anything to do with fairytales, but it feels the same, if that makes sense. Rapunzel is sweet, kind, talented in carious crafts and totally ruled by her mother. It was horrid watching her leave a place she enjoyed, and have her mother force her to be antisocial.

I cheered as Rapunzel's rebellion grew, and wailed when Things Happened which seemingly set her further from her Happy Ever After. She works so hard to flee her crazy mother, managing to find hope when there is barely any. You will have to read it to find out what happens at the end, but rest assured you will be planning many rereads just as I am! I've added more of Melanie's books to my wishlist as she is a new to me author who I've fallen in love with!

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  • TJ
  • 11-15-17

A great story and great narration!

We love Melanie Dickerson's books! Jude Mason is one of my favorite narrators! Thanks Audible!

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A blessing in a barrel

the reader sounded like she was talking put of a barrel sometimes. The story was a wonderful blessing.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

We are truely enjoying this series traveling with our six children ages 1-12 we are all spellbound as these stories have captured the hearts of each one of us
We would like to thank you for sharing your awesome writing abilities children are unable to leave the story even for a play at the park! and Jude's ability as the narrator is excellent

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Pure, clean romance

Both Rapunzel and her sweetheart admire their looks as well as their manners, as is the case in Dickerson's books. I feel safe reading these as they contain no graphic romance, and they're all centered on the Christian faith. I love sweet romances.

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Another great historical romance

I love Melanie Dickerson books. This one was no exception. I enjoyed the audio, with the accent of the performer, it seemed like I was right there. There were enough differences to the original Repunzal story to make it refreshing with a twist but enough similarities to keep the fairy tale feeling.
I've read her earlier books and enjoy recognizing some of the family connections.
I love the obligatory happy ever after ending...which is why I read historical romance and Ms. Dickerson delivers warm romance without the eroticism that is found so often.
I recommend it highly.

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My Favorite Book!

I have read this book several times and still can’t get enough of it. I love Melanie’s work in general, but the characters in this one make it me favorite. The narrator and production quality is excellent.

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loved it

I love historical romance and to take a classic fairy tale and make it new. wow. good listen for anyone who loves the genera.

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Love it!!!!

What a wonderful grown up version of Rapunzel! The book was fantastic! Listened to the entire story in one day! A few spots dragged on just a little bit, but perhaps that is simple because I could not wait to see what would happen next! This book although it stands alone, is best read or listened two after Princess Spy. The story is much more powerful if you have that back drop. (However, not necessary to enjoying this book!)

I will listen to this sweet story again!

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  • Mareesa Cunneen
  • 07-16-17

Retold fairy tale

I enjoyed the story - different enough to catch my attention, but still claret Rapunzel's story. I like how faith was intertwined.
The narration was ok, but not brilliant. I will definitely be checking out this author's other book.