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Enna Burning

by Shannon Hale

read by Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family


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Enna Burning

by Shannon Hale

read by Cynthia Bishop and the Full Cast Family

Reviewed July 9, 2008.
Full Cast Audio, 2007. 8 compact discs. 8 hours, 30 minutes.
Text copyright 2004.
Starred Review.
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2008: #4, Audiobooks

My readers probably know that Shannon Hale is one of my favorite living authors. Her books always show up on my stand-outs lists, usually at the top or near the top.

Full Cast Audio’s fabulous production of the second of the Bayern books, Enna Burning, allowed me to enjoy the book in a whole new way. They cast the book with fresh voices for each character. You feel you’re really hearing Enna’s thoughts and her interactions with her friends.

Enna Burningis a beautiful book with a dark edge to it. It’s a story of wartime, but also of magic. Of trying to do what’s right. Of trying to use power wisely. It’s also a story of an enduring friendship between Enna and Isi, the heroine of the earlier book, The Goose Girl.

This audiobook does have some difficult themes. But it would make a wonderful family listening experience for older kids. For adults and teens looking for an absorbing story beautifully performed, I highly recommend this production.