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Publisher's Summary

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval - Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. 
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful - and cruel - father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. 
But this year Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. 
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. 
©2016 Stephanie Garber (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Actor Soler's lively narration swiftly draws listeners into the magical spectacle at the center of Garber's YA novel." (Publishers Weekly, best audiobooks of 2017)
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By Peter on 02-08-17

Fantastic narration but *very* purple prose

What did you like best about Caraval? What did you like least?

I loved the narrator. The plot had real potential but it often felt like certain plot points were repeated over and over and other aspects that needed more explanation were ignored. The flowery (often nonsensical) descriptions really started getting on my nerves.

What was most disappointing about Stephanie Garber’s story?

I was enchanted with the first two or three instances of her flowery descriptions, savouring them since they were so unique. But I soon realized these were not judiciously sprinkled throughout the story, they were crammed into every nook and cranny -- pretty much everything was described so flamboyantly it was ridiculous.

It seemed like the reader was meant to assume the main character had some special trait or skill that allowed her to taste/smell characteristics that most people simply see. It would have been nice to have spent some time learning more about that aspect of the character instead of the repetitious 'woe is me' over her missing sister.

What does Rebecca Soler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I fell in love with Rebecca Soler when I got hooked on the Lunar Chronicles. She does amazing voices that never leave any question about which character is speaking. She hits the sweet spot for me -- never grating but not so soothing that I get distracted or doze off. She's one of my very favourite narrators.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would be impossible to make this into a movie until real smell-o-vision is invented. Too much of the book relies on the way the scenery smells and tastes.

Any additional comments?

If you found Alice (of Wonderland fame) to be an annoying, tedious character it's likely you'll think the same of Scarlett.

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By irishred507 on 02-26-17

I wasn't wowed

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I purchased this book based on its outstanding reviews. It's a teen book, but it seemed people of all ages absolutely adored it. Sadly, nothing about it felt magical or enchanted me. I love a good teen or YA book, but this one really was written at a teen level and nothing more. It was very cheesy and extremely childish. There were some lines that even made me feel embarrassed at how juvenile they were, particularly regarding the romance.

The main character was so annoying throughout the whole book... always doubting herself and others... going back and forth constantly in her head about everything over and over.

The story didn't always feel cohesive from scene to scene, and I feel like I only got to really see or explore the Caraval world on its surface layer. Nothing of the world was explored in much detail or depth to the point that I had a good picture in my mind of what it was like to be there. It felt disjointed, small, and unoriginal. Plus, there were scene changes that were abrupt and didn't bridge the gap or even explain how they came to be.

Although shallow and lacking in real substance, this book would probably be enjoyed by girls under age 14.

Rebecca Soler is a decent narrator, but after listening to the entire Cinder series, her voice now comes across too nasally and whiny for me. This was a difficult listen for me.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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