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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Carson Levine Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Oliver Wyman Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545164252
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Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with an immortal god while your days on earth are numbered is almost more than a young girl can bear.

FORMAT: 4 CDs, Unabridged


Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus--the god of wind and loneliness--embark on a series of dangerous and seemingly impossible quests. The thought-provoking, well-crafted, and imaginative story will appeal to fans of Fairest as well as to readers who are new to this distinguished author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Levine’s original mythological tale works as romance, adventure, and exploration of faith…Levine conducts a riveting journey, offering passion and profound pondering along the way.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Levine has crafted a mythical realm where a god’s pottery, thrown in frustration, causes earthquakes; Olus’ winds herd goats, dictate prophecies, and carry loved ones to safety; and magical potions have the power to change the characters’ fates. The story is filled with suspense, action, and challenging philosophical questions: Would one truly wish to be immortal? What is the price of following a deity’s commands? An action-packed love story set in an elaborate, challenging world, this richly imagined story will engage fantasy and romance readers alike.”

    Booklist

  • “In this masterful fantasy told in two voices, Levine has created a mythology and society as rich and nuanced as the one portrayed in Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief…The power of love and courage to overcome seemingly impossible odds and to bridge ostensibly untraversable differences are at the heart of this compelling, intensely satisfying fantasy.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The love story of Kezi and Olus is told through their eyes in alternating first person viewpoints from chapter to chapter. This allows readers to see the evolution of their love. Kezi and Olus keep readers on the edge of their seats as the two of them battle conflict and doubt through quests for Kezi to become immortal.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Told in the alternating voices of Kezi and Olus, the story develops the Akkan and the Admat religions, the faith with which the mortals live, and the classic quest the two young people must accomplish in order to live as they choose…The issues of belief, promise and redemption are well developed and will provide much for readers to think about and discuss.”

    Kliatt

  • “Levine strikes a somber and more contemplative note with this book than in previous outings, pondering the nature of faith alongside her usual romancing…Strong and good.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anika Vandenberghe | 2/11/2014

    " i love all her books so i think i am gonna love this one!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/31/2014

    " Cheezy, shallow, and very boring. Interesting how you can like some books and hate the others of the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen van Dalen | 1/30/2014

    " Wasn't so sure if I liked this one. Really, I just read it for the author.... :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia | 1/29/2014

    " The story was very good, but in my opinion the writing had no depth. Levine alternated between the perspective of the wind-God and the girl Kezi. In this case, I believe the story would have been better if she stayed with one perspective or wrote in third person. There was no character development, and it is very difficult to relate to them or to even feel like they were human, this is especially true in Kezi's case. I was expecting for a twist in the plot near the end but the story carried on exactly as planned, which was boring. I also found it disturbing that the author portrayed God as cruel or unreal. I delighted in Ella Enchanted, so I was surprised that the author didn't make me fall in love with her characters as she had in Ella Enchanted. I also did not like the epilogue and I wish the author would have left the future of Kezi and Olus more to the imagination. However there was a happy ending and I'm a sucker for happy endings =]] So just for that the book was enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashleigh Cartmill | 1/28/2014

    " This book just felt weird to me. It didn't have the same vibe as the other books I'd read by this author. This story was interesting but it didn't hold my attention like Ella Enchanted or The Two Princesses of Bammare "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 1/20/2014

    " Nice read, although a little anti-climactic. It was nice to read something that was an original fairy tale. It was nice knowing that the author was not bound by a set story, like some of her other books. It was a fun light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krichele | 1/20/2014

    " It was really flat. The characters weren't well developed, and it was really boring. My least favorite of G.C.L. by far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Creative A | 1/14/2014

    " Grabbed it because it was on the library shelf, and I loved Gail's other books, "Ella Enchanted" and "Fairest." This was fun and sweet and worth the read, though not nearly as dramatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britten | 1/13/2014

    " Currently reading Fairest and love just how different Gail's writing can be. This alternates every chapter between the two main characters and has the style of a folktale/Greek myth. A very beautiful love story. I enjoyed every minute! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally | 1/6/2014

    " Parts of this book were very good. I was confused though, with a lot of it. It was OK. More for older kids than all the other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Airadina | 1/4/2014

    " This book is great. I don't own it, but I read it when I was sick and loved it- I must've read it three to five times! It will keep you on your toes and has a nice ending. The characters are easy to sympathize with and are very realistic. Five stars! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Idamandarin Azhar | 12/29/2013

    " Bleargh~! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Racheal | 12/28/2013

    " I really like this story of a God falling in love with a mortal girl. It was a beautiful tale of courage and selflessness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anny | 12/27/2013

    " doesn't even compare to the author's other books. I was so disappointed since Ella Enchanted was one of my all-time favorite children's books. I couldn't even finish this book, it was so disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/25/2013

    " I know I read this one a long time ago and I really didn't like it but I can't remember exactly why. Hmmmm "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Dunham | 12/12/2013

    " this book was like....the best book EVER =) it was absolutely amazing ill definitly read it again!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/29/2013

    " I don't remember it too much. It was probably my second-least favorite of Gayle Carson Levine's. Another romance fantasy, but the story wasn't as good as the others, in my opinion. Still worth reading, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 11/14/2013

    " It was cute.I love how he stacks and unstacks the dishes just to see her for more time!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emilyn | 7/2/2013

    " It was kind of weird, but it had some interexting stuff in it. it's really mushy....:P "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 6/21/2013

    " A little weird, and I couldn't quite get into it. I like mythology, but this bordered on something else to me. A definite different Levine book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melody Savage | 11/20/2012

    " Writing is good. It's just boring to me. Can't pick it up and read any more of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 9/29/2012

    " One of my favorite books ever... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Elsmore | 9/3/2012

    " Sweet love story between Olus, the god of winds, and Kezi a young girl who must die withing a month due to an illfated oath by her father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magda | 7/3/2012

    " It is one of the best books i have read i love the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephkearl | 4/8/2012

    " Not a bad book, but not really great either. Easy read, though. I like the authors lots, but not this book as much. Maybe deserves 3 stars since it was okay, but I'm feeling stingy today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 11/21/2011

    " A fun read. I liked the setting and the mythical aspects. Provided some good distraction while suffering through the monotony of the treadmill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/5/2011

    " Fun and fast real. Original. Imaginative. But it felt rushed, like the plot didn't have time to fully develop and evolve. Good for young readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariah | 7/25/2011

    " It was a quick read and interesting how Levine had the whole God and power level idea, but it only took forty-five minutes to finish it and I thought it needed a little more 'umph.' It was a good in-between-book read though. [= "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 5/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a very sweet love story with interesting cultural settings and some unique mythology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 5/17/2011

    " I love how Levine makes retellings her own. Ever wasn't my favorite book by the author, but it was still very good. I admire the ending. You don't get the happily ever after nonsense, but a true ending. It is bitter sweet just like real life. I like how she makes fairy tales seem possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 5/16/2011

    " Not quite sure if this book is a fairytale retold. Still quite good, recommended to ages 14 and older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 5/8/2011

    " Nice read, although a little anti-climactic. It was nice to read something that was an original fairy tale. It was nice knowing that the author was not bound by a set story, like some of her other books. It was a fun light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/28/2011

    " Cute story,fast read. If you liked the other dooks by her, then you'd probably like this one too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celise | 4/13/2011

    " I thought the plotline was cheesy, and the book in general was strange. It was a cute story though, just not something I would want to reread. I also didn't like the Olus, and Kezi was a bland main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manasvini | 4/12/2011

    " Gail Carson Levine, as usual, doesn't dissapoint. A take on the regular quest, the story is sweet and, best of all, has a happy ending
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzie | 3/27/2011

    " OMG. I read this book to many times to count (6). i will never get tired of it. It is your classic romance and i loved it. It even had a timy bit of action. It also had that switch in the point of views that i love. READ THIS BOOK!!!! "

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About the Author
Author Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine is an author of fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, won a Newbery Honor and was made into a feature-length film starring Anne Hathaway. Her other books include A Tale of Two Castles; Ever; Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf! and Betsy Red Hoodie.

About the Narrators

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.