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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455191604
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The moment ten-year-old Ivan stumbled upon the clearing in the Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, a beautiful princess lay still as death, but a malevolent presence nearby sent Ivan scrambling for safety.

Years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest nor convince himself it was merely a frightened boy’s fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run. This time he awakens the beauty with a kiss—and steps into a world that vanished a thousand years ago.

A rich tapestry of clashing worlds, Enchantment is an original novel of a love and destiny that transcends centuries and the dark force that stalks them across the ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] masterpiece of the fantastic…this is a novel to savor…delicious.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “[Card’s] new look at a classic tale is clever…adding attractive whimsical twists and cultural confluences to a familiar story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mixing magic and modernity, the acclaimed Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) has woven threads of history, religion, and myth together into a convincing, time-hopping tale that is part love story, part adventure.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Richly detailed and engagingly peopled: a fascinating remake.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The youthful protagonists, the elements of fantasy and romance, and Card’s imaginative, humorous storytelling make this a winner for young adults.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Morrison | 2/14/2014

    " Since he's still working against gay marriage rights, I'm about as willing to give Orson Scott Card money as I am to give it to Chick-fil-a. Thank goodness the public library had this book, because it's so good! The protagonist kisses a sleeping princess and finds himself engaged to her in a rough-and-tumble village nine centuries ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Enrici | 1/29/2014

    " This book was really wonderful. I am a big fan of the fantasy genre, but I'm not sure this book can even so easily be fit into one genre or another. There was definitely romance in it, but it was very modern and unlike any other romance I've read. It was realistic and all the things that disney Princess movies and modern romantic comedies are not. It was funny, entertaining, and very unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekki Russell | 1/29/2014

    " Love OSC. This is a great book if you enjoy Fairy Tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 1/29/2014

    " A very original re-telling of the firytale Sleeping Beauty "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sashalai | 1/28/2014

    " I can read this book a thousand times and never get sick of it. One thing that I believe that makes this book so fabulous to continue to re-read is even though I know the story and how it all ends I can't help but get swept up into the characters. I am not just taking the main characters Ivan and Katerina, but even the smaller supporting characters Sergi,Father Lukas, and others, maybe not Baba Yaga :P This is by far my most favorite Orson Scott Card book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi kaufmann | 1/4/2014

    " not bad, but didn't blow me away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridgette Campbell | 12/30/2013

    " I absolutely love this book! One of my favorite Orson Scott Card's!!! Its so beautifully written and such a great story! Its one that I can read and reread "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Atkins | 10/27/2013

    " Just loved this book. Highly recommend for readers of urban fantasy. A perfect mix of reality and fantasy with a skillful blending of the two that carries the reader seamlessly from one realm to the next. The Russian fairy tale bits are truly inspired. Well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damon Thueson | 9/27/2013

    " A bit mind boggling...love this stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Viehweg | 5/29/2013

    " Fun to read. A modern fairytale with a Russian-like theme. I enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marzee | 5/26/2013

    " Loved this. Very thoughtful. It was nice to read something more intelligently written than Twilight like YA novels but with the same romance, innocence, and adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 5/16/2013

    " I really liked the premise of the story story and the cleverness of the plotweaving. It moved super slow, especially in the beginning- I kept reading not because I was enthralled but because this author has written other things that I've loved so much that I wanted to see it through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Lieurance | 5/12/2013

    " Once I got past my dislike of Katerina (she gets better) I really enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 4/18/2013

    " This is the most intellectually stimulating retelling of a fairy tale I've ever read. I loved the dip into Russian folklore and the believable points of view Card always gives his characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 3/13/2013

    " I should have read the whole description before I started. It is fantasy and that is not my favorite genre. I'm not going to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colby | 2/11/2013

    " An intriguing concept, but I found the narrative dragged in the middle mainly due to his style of retelling part of the story from another perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Christensen | 2/3/2013

    " Reread March 2012, I liked it but I am starting to get tired of all the inner monologue in OSC's books. Just act instead of explaining in many, many paragraphs why you are doing whatever you are doing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 5/20/2012

    " It took me awhile to get pulled into the book but once I did I thought it was a good, fun take on sleeping beauty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Bloyer | 2/15/2012

    " Card writes well. This just wasn't really my kind of story. Interesting though, I learned what the term "parchment" originally meant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timilyn | 11/15/2011

    " Once again one of my favorite story tellers tells a magical story. This book plays on the ides of all fairy tales, but blends it with real life. I was truly Enchanted and entranced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jere | 11/14/2011

    " I'm not particularly a fairy tale person but I liked Ender's Game so I wanted to read it. The story is interesting and although I know the story of sleeping beauty I didn't know what was going to happen next. I found the magic interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ash | 10/3/2011

    " very good, but definitely for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 7/1/2011

    " This book I pondered for many days after reading it. There were some things I didn't like about it that I thought the author could have left out (if you've read it you understand what I mean) but overall I liked it. It was original and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 6/22/2011

    " Slow beginning and just a little hard to get into, but I eventually truly enjoyed this rich novel. Plenty of suspense, yet I could put it down. Sometimes it is nice to savor a good book. I'll leave it at that; the less you know about this story, the better. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mille | 6/2/2011

    " This was a great book to get lost in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/16/2011

    " Fun to read. A modern fairytale with a Russian-like theme. I enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 5/14/2011

    " Aaaa-mazing. I read this book about 6 years ago, and I still can't stop thinking about it. The way he takes old Russian fairy tales and folklore and makes them even more fantastical yet seamlessly and believably melded into a modern day tale...mind BLOWN. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/12/2011

    " Loved it ~ a fairy tale rework "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/11/2011

    " 3.5 stars... This is my 2nd Orson Scott Card and they were so different from each other, but I enjoyed each one. Glad that I took the time to read it, not my favorite, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/10/2011

    " Orson always makes a great story.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Card wove elements of his normal science fiction style into a fairy tale to create a unique story. Romance, time travel, magic...what more could ya want?
    Also, Russians. There were lots of Russians. I like Russians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 5/2/2011

    " This book is one of the best books about family and how you have to take a risk in life every now and again. Enough said! I love this book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 4/21/2011

    " Couldn't quite get into it. Maybe when I have more time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/13/2011

    " I loved this version of sleeping beauty! It combined the fairytale aspects of Disney with the other-worldliness of old Russian stories. When I got to the end, I was sad to see the blank pages! "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her “velvet touch” as an actor’s director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.