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For five centuries, a witch's curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Ccile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Ccile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity. But something unexpected happens while she's waiting - she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods - part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Ccile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer's daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
©2014 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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By Mari on 10-14-15

Dance Magic Dance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook, but with a weary warning.

So I have always enjoyed me some good regular-gal-meets-powerful-man-to-form-a-strong-relationship stories. “Stolen Songbird” has a whole lot of potential especially because it is only book one of a trilogy. The premise is strong with this one. Magic, a doomed race, royalty, abused servants, and sooo much more. How can one NOT be invested in the plot and characters?

This is where the BUT comes in (unfortunately.) I was hoping Jenson would trust her readers (listeners) to understand the situations and happenstances as they came to be. Don’t spell things out. Don’t dumb the plot down and dress it up with pretty words. I don’t want to get frustrated when the audience and Cécile are given the same information and the audience pieces the clues together faster than the main character.

Oh boy. Don’t get me started on Cécile. That girl piece of work. Like her, but she has some growth the take in.

What other book might you compare Stolen Songbird to and why?

I was constantly reminded of three stories, actually.

"The Princess and the Goblin" because, well, for the obvious.

"The Hollow Kingdom," by Clare B. Dunkle. This novel follows Kate Winslow as she is captured by the goblin king, Marak, as his future bride. Fighting back is the easy part as she slowly starts to fall in love with the "deformed" goblin.

"Labyrinth" the film, you know, the one where David Bowie is the singing Goblin King who captures a girl's brother, forcing her to come to his magical kingdom.

What does Eric Michael Summerer and Erin Moon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I believe that this audiobook should have only had one narrator. With how many times Tristan has his own point of view (around seven or eight times with only a half hour talking time) there might as well have not been a second narrator at all. Let alone one that really doesn’t fit a teenager. Even if said teenager is the most mentally sophisticated teenagers I’ve been privy to. There is really no point in even getting another narrator if he barely has any point of views to narrate. I’d go as far as to say that Moon should just narrate those sections herself to keep from jarring the audience from her voice for solid two hour blocks only to be slapped with by ten minutes of some voice that doesn’t match with a boy let alone how Moon presents Tristan.


I’d say if one must have two narrators for this (because the trend right now for Young Adult audiobooks with at least two point of views is to have to narrators) then try to find two people who sound somewhat the same. That way we aren’t startled by the extreme contrast from the two. Or at the very very VERY least try to have them speak the same way.


Really, though, I’d rather have stuck with Moon. Sorry movie trailer narrator guy…


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The true trap is what lies in the heart."

Any additional comments?

There is certainly a whole bunch of imaginative imaginings, here. There are many different magics, jobs, customs, physiques, rules, and so much more. There was clearly a lot of thought for this underground society, and I could definitely appreciate how one can tell that everything was strictly planned out.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-12-17

Could have been better

The story was good enough as a twist on Beauty and the Beast, but I don't understand why they'd have a different narrator only for the few chapters with the different perspective than the heroine. It would have been better if it were more consistent, if the other narrator did the hero's voice in the heroine's chapters as well. It bugged me having to adjust to the completely different cadences and voices so abruptly.

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By Alaina Carroll on 07-10-16

Spectacular

I absolutely adored this book. It was beautifully written and the story captivated me from the get go. Whilst I wasn't overly keen on the male narrator, the female narrator, Erin Moon, was fantastic. She brought the story to life and I'm thrilled that she narrates the entire series. I have already purchased the second and third books and can't wait to continue the journey. I honestly can't say enough about this book, just amazing. The story is unique and will leave you wanting more.

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By shirley on 03-01-16

just me

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes if they liked the kind of books i do

What did you like best about this story?

the troll element

Which scene did you most enjoy?

when cecile finally uses her witch powers

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

enjoyable but just lacked a little more depth for me , was easy to pick up each time i came back to it

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By Madelaine on 04-20-15

Great story

Loved it. Completely hooked in and couldn't stop listening. Off to get the next one in the series right now

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By Amazon Customer on 04-28-17

Wish It Didnt Repeat A Million Times

I will say before I start this that I'm 28 yrs old and haven't been a fan of YA fiction in a long time. 

Now. Let's begin. First, I enjoyed the first book and was drawn in to buy the other two. The second book got on my nerves and the final book was an great effort to finish. If you like books that are so frustratingly repeativiely melodramic and reflect the inner turmoil of teenagers, then this book is for you. If like me, you don't, don't read this. 

The main characters make ENDLESS plans that endlessly NEVER EVER work out!!!!!! And I mean never. The character monologue is repeative because the plot is repetitive. About the only good thing about the last two books was the ending of the third book because it was over but it also wasnt too bad an ending. 

So they're teenagers so maybe that accounts for the fact that NOTHING ever goes right in this series and they're ALWAYS repeating themselves, but from an adult's perspective enough's enough. 

I hope Tristan and Cecil are better concoctors of plans in eternity because I don't have the time to stick around to find out.

P. S. I understand that people have enjoyed this series and I'm being a fair bit melodramic myself, but I have been honest in my struggle to finish these books. My opinions about reviews is always to read less of them and go with what you like and enjoy. If you think you might enjoy these books, forget you read this and let the drama begin!!

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