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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. Nesbit Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781455170845
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Jimmy, Gerald, and Cathy hope to find adventure when they set off to explore the woods, but they get far more than they bargained for when they discover the Enchanted Castle. At first, they seem to be in a fairy tale come true, until a friend turns invisible, thanks to a magic ring she can’t remove. Adventure follows adventure as they seek to control the magic—but the magic has a will of its own, and it is all they can do to keep up. Faced with sleeping princesses, magic rings, and moonlit gardens filled with magic, the children must use all their courage and ingenuity to control the magic and solve the mystery surrounding the Enchanted Castle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The popular British author’s adventures of childhood have always been good read-aloud choices; the audiobook format superbly showcases them.”

    AudioFile

  • “[Nesbit] was able to create a world of magic and inverted logic that was entirely her own…There is something strange about [The Enchanted Castle] which sets it off…The mood is midnight. Statues of dinosaurs come alive in the moonlight, the gods of Olympus hold a revel, Pan’s song is heard…It is the sort of nightmare that might have occurred to a highstrung child, perhaps to Nesbit herself. And one must remember that a nightmare in those days was a serious matter for a child who had no electric light to switch on when a bad dream awakened him; he must continue in darkness, the shadows that menaced him undispelled.”

    Gore Vidal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/19/2014

    " Cute children's book. Not on par with "The Secret Garden" or anything, but it's a cute little read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Varsha Seshan | 2/16/2014

    " While I enjoyed the essence of the story, I found that it dragged on for too long. Towards the end, I found myself skipping larger and larger sections because it was predictable anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/14/2014

    " Was there ever any children's writer better than E. Nesbit? I enjoy her just as much (if not more) as an adult as I did when I was a child. Her characters are so real, and I love the way her magic is never straightforward. Enchanting: no better word for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Kopel | 2/11/2014

    " Perfect summer reading. Enough suspense to keep me interested, but not to leave me afraid. Always another adventure for the children and the ring. Even though it was fairly clear who would be together at the end, how we got there, and the delightful adventures along the way made for a very nice weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen D. | 1/27/2014

    " Pure Nesbit. Child protagonists are bright, funny, natural, likable. Magic is stumbled on, figured out - and has a hand in the happy ending. Charming setting, premise, storytelling. One of my faves. Very English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/23/2014

    " There ought to be a sub-genre of British children's literature entitled something like Magical Garden Adventures. Fans of Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, or the more recent and American offering The Penderwicks will find this classic tale quite appealing. Three siblings, Jerry, Jimmy and Kathy meet up for summer holiday at a house midway between the schools under the supervision of French governess, and quickly begin exploring the grounds and surrounding community. Though deeming themselves slightly too old for such things, the three begin imagining that they are in search of an enchanted castle, and they are astounded when an accidental tumble through a hedge brings them onto the grounds of exactly what they've been seeking. As the children become embroiled in the magic of the place and a mysterious ring found within, they find that enchantments and wishes can be very complicated things indeed. Some modern readers will struggle with the antiquated language, and the colonial superiority and enthnocentrism of the time (1907) reveals itself in some unpalatable moments and descriptions. Today, this book has a limited audience, but it could be an enjoyable family read aloud with upper schoolage to middle school children, and it would certainly be worth a read by adult fans and scholars of children's literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 1/21/2014

    " A cautionary children's tale about watching what you wish for because you may just get it. At the same time it is sort of a fun story as adult readers remember the childhood innocence of believing wishes come true, and everything is what you believe it is. I never read this as a child, but I can imagine being drawn in by the truely enchanting story and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 1/13/2014

    " I don't think you'd ever be too old to not enjoy this magical story. Beautifully crafted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 12/31/2013

    " Just so you know, it was So eerie, that I almost did not make it through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 12/6/2013

    " I remember the Ugly Wuglies. So scary. Remind me of those little guys on the river in Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. One of the greatest fantasies ever written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/2/2013

    " This is a cute fairy tale about some kids and the adventures they have. It's a little confusing in the beginning when you're trying to figure out who is speaking, the kids, the narrator, but once you get it and the way they talk, it's a fun adventure story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/17/2013

    " Nesbit's classic story is no less entertaining now than it was when I was eight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 10/2/2012

    " Kids and I enjoyed the audio version of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Brand | 7/18/2011

    " A cute and easy to read children's book. However I felt the 'do not tell lies' message all through out the book was exasperating and a constant reminder that this book is in fact written by an adult not a child. I found the lack of Christianity and Nesbit reference to the pagan gods very refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 9/8/2003

    " I remember reading this many years ago, but unfortunately on rereading it (or listening to it on Librivox actually) I found that I did not enjoy it as much as I had when much younger. I might read another Nesbit book or two to try and work out why I loved these books so much when I was young. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim Johnson | 6/19/2002

    " Words cannot describe how much this book sucked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Petersen | 11/17/2000

    " Anyone who enjoys the Narnia Chronicles will enjoy this book. C.S. Lewis admitted that he got many of his ideas for his series from this book, from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and from the ideas of his good friend J.R.R. Tolkein. Highly recommended. "

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About the Author
Author E. Nesbit

Edith Nesbit (1858–1924) lived in England and had dreamed of becoming a poet since she was fifteen years old. After her husband fell ill, it was up to her to support her small family. For the next nineteen years, she wrote novels, essays, articles, poems, and short stories; but it was not until 1899, when The Story of the Treasure Seekers was published, that she achieved great success. Her groundbreaking style of depicting realistic, believable children quickly gained a popularity that has lasted for more than a century.

About the Narrator

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.