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Those wicked wizards are at it again! This time they are draining power from the Enchanted Forest. And that does not sit well with Mendanbar the King. On the advice of the witch Morwen, Mendanbar decides to consult with Kazul, the King of Dragons. When he arrives at Kazul's cave, he meets Princess Cimorene and learns that Kazul has been captured by those horrible wizards. Mendanbar and Cimorene will have to search for him, traveling over mountains and past man-eating giants, terrifying rock snakes, and an assortment of magic-wielders.
©2008 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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  • Dan Nikolaides
  • 02-12-15

Terrifyingly bad supporting cast

The main actors are mediocre, but the supporting voice cast is God-awful. Telemain sounds like a drunken clown. It is one of the worst voice renditions I have ever heard. It is impossible to listen to. Avoid.

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  • ALyssa
  • 19-02-15

Great!

This is a story I have loved it since childhood! Everything was fantastic, and I loved that there was a full cast. Telemanns voice was a little doofy though, and I couldn't get over the comical nature of it. Besides that; I would absolutely recommend this book and narration!!

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  • Robert
  • 04-02-15

One bad voice

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The voice of the character Telemane nearly ruined the audiobook. Unlike most odd voices I found this one got more annoying the longer I listened, rather than becoming used to it. Other than that the performance and story were just as good as the first book.

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  • Jeremy
  • 08-12-11

Wonderfully funny title

Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles are an incredibly fun series. I love her wit, and the way she throws so many references to canonical fairytales into her writing in such an off-hand way. The characters that she has created with Mendanbar, Cimorene, and Kazul, not to mention Telemain, Morwen, and the cats, are some of the funniest and pleasantest that I have encountered in children's literautre.
I'm not a huge fan of full cast narrations as quite often they can be rather cheesy. In this case, however, the cast was wonderful. My only complaint is that not all of the character’s voices are the same from book to book. In some cases, this may not be a huge change, but in others (Cimorene and Kazul, for instance) it is very noticeable. Still, they all do an excellent job. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a light, humorous read - especially if you like fantasy or fairytales.

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  • Caitlin
  • 09-04-18

Great story

Wonderful story but an awful performance. The cast obviously tried very hard but came off kitschy. Like a really bad panto. Not worth it - read the book if you can!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-05-21

A Family Favorite

The lighthearted story and lively cast performance made this a hit with our daughters, from age six to nine. They have both listened to this audiobook series multiple times.

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  • Alexandra Copeland
  • 22-01-21

Narration is awful

I adored these books when I was younger and was excited to listen to them. The first book wasn’t great performance-wise but it was tolerable. I even started to enjoy it toward the end. However as soon as they introduce Telemain into the situation things go downhill fast. And I mean physically cringing bad. I don’t know where this guy got the idea that this whiny, stuttering imbecile was the direction to take the character but it’s truly truly awful and such a disservice to the story and the character. Just read them and avoid the audiobooks all together.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-12-20

Telemain almost made me quit

I stuck it out cuz I loved this story since childhood but overacting seems to be a requirement for this studio. The guy playing the magicians was so incredibly grating that I had to pause over and over again

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  • Toddhb
  • 17-10-20

Ok

Ok narrator but not my favorite. I really like the story thought.i have read All the books so this was fun.

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  • Amy
  • 24-09-20

A great classic fantasy story

The performances are great apart from one. Telemaine sounds like a 1980’s stereotype of an annoying nerd— it’s excruciating to listen to him talk and he has a lot of dialogue. Compared to Antorelle, who is supposed to be an obnoxious minor threat, but has a pleasant voice. The casting should have switched those voice actors in my opinion.

4 stars for the story instead of 5 because of the very old-school feminism. I’ve always loved The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, though re-reading them now there are parts that are uncomfortably gender essentialist. And I’m not a fan of putting down other women (the silly airheaded princesses) in order to make Cimorene look good. The book was written in the 90s tho, so it’s pretty typical of the era I guess.