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Publisher's Summary

Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.

But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.

In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, best-selling Wildwood.

©2012 Unadoptable Books LLC (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good story needs a better reader

the reader for the first book in the series was significantly better which is probably what you get when a professional actress reads instead of the author. the change in narrator was actually so jarring that I had to stop listening to the story for a while and give myself a break between book 1 and 2. my primary complaint with the narrator / author is that he reads the book in such a calm soothing tone like you would read a child to sleep with but it's a difficult to follow what should be faxed action paste scenes. but once I got further into the story probably in 2 chapter 2 or 3 I stop being so furious at the author reading their own book and just went along with the story

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sensational

talk about a cliff hanger.... can't wait for #3! such a fun and adventurous read!!

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Meloy: a Woodian, no doubt.

It had been about three years since I read the first book, and yet, Meloy's storytelling transported me to Wildwood again with seemingly no interruption. While the book seems rather long for a young audience, the narrative is so thorough and thrilling that its hanging conclusion does not leave the reader disappointed, only slightly unsettled -- excited for the final book.

As for the narration, I would purchase anything read by Colin Meloy... well, except maybe Jane Eyre.

For young readers or readers young in spirit.

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Loved it

This is a really good book. Great plot, characters, and themes. I struggled a little with book 1, but taking them in order is important. Colin Meloy is a little monotonic but he obviously knows the book. I'm hooked and moving on to book 3.

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Took 13 hours to tell an 6 hour story

I like long, engaging audio books, but this one was mostly just long without being very engaging. I listened at double speed and still found that I was mentally urged the author to "move the story along." Although I knew this was a 'series,' when I bought it, I regret that instead of 3 satisfying stories that enhance each other, the series is just one long, slow-moving story cut into thirds, with little effort to make each book tell a satisfying story that could be interesting even if it had to stand on its own. If I hadn't already bought the concluding book in the series, I would not even bother listening to it...and I still might not bother.