Free Audiobooks Caraval (Audio Download): Stephanie Garber, Rebecca Soler, Hodder & Stoughton: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Stephanie Garber –

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once a year weeklong performance where the audience participates in the show Caraval is magic Mystery Adventure And for Scarlett and her beloved sister, Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father When the sisters long awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show s mastermind organiser, Legend Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance Nonetheless, she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak And whether it s real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over and her sister disappears forever

10 thoughts on “Caraval (Audio Download): Stephanie Garber, Rebecca Soler, Hodder & Stoughton: Audible Audiobooks

  1. booksy booksy says:

    I have really mixed feelings about this novel as there was so much potential, some aspects were very engaging but, ultimately, the magic didn t come alive First up, I ll say that this is no Night Circus If you re expecting something similar, yes, it sort of is but it s nowhere near as good Yet, it s still very readable In some ways I think the book tried to achieve too much, so lacked depth and richness The Hunger Games comparison is also off the mark it s not exciting or page turning in the way that novel was Scarlett, the main protagonist, has to follow clues once she reaches Caraval in order to find her sister and, in doing so, win the game and a wish but there s nothing really clever about the clues, nor is there the sense of nail biting danger that filled the pages of The Hunger Games.Scarlett herself was a pretty wishy washy heroine, quite reliant on other people particularly men to save the day, guide her, reassure her etc In fact, the biggest niggle for me was her relationship with Julian which read like Mills especially as that wasn t really developed either.I find it difficult to pinpoint exactly why this novel fell short for me All I can say is that I found it very readable but wasn t rushing to pick it up I was never consumed by the world of Caraval But, equally, I didn t dislike it And I would give the next book in the series a go.One final word this is a pig of a book to read on a Kindle There are a number of notes in there especially at the start and even when you click on the zoom option on the Kindle, the writing is still tiny I actually made myself quite ill trying to read it on a bus So, maybe this is one for the bookshelf as the cover is certainly very beautiful.

  2. Customer Customer says:

    A book has never disappointed me I love The Night Circus and magical fantasy books in general, and was recommended this because of it it is nothing like The Night Circus The descriptions are exhausting everything is a metaphor or a simile or has three sentences to describe a dark sky for example I get that you need to set the scene, but sometimes less is I basically skim read the whole thing because the main character was so annoying and I couldn t bear to read through all her oh no, am I doing the right thing, am I doing the wrong thing, I did the wrong thing before and it was bad, what if I do that again with EVERY action decision again, it was exhausting A nice premise for a fantasy world, it was just very poorly executed It was as if the author was trying to fit in too many plot points so just ended up with nothing actually happening It all just seemed very shallow There was a brief moment of tension near the end but then, alas, the actual ending was anti climatic A teenager may enjoy this as an easy read, otherwise don t bother.

  3. Urtica Jones Urtica Jones says:

    Scarlett is a central character whose internal voice provides the reader with commentary via her reactions to events within the novel It is therefore especially infuriating that we must endure her endless dithering and should she shouldn t she deliberations prior to every action, however trivial Towards the beginning, Scarlett first nearly drowns, then nearly freezes due to misplaced modesty in front of rogueish sailor Julian Before she can enter any room she must suffer agonies of doubt and indecision I abandoned the book after poor Scarlett is left standing outside yet another mysterious door, which gives her time to reflect at length about incidents from her past and relationships before the plot is finally allowed to catch up and move the action on Made me wonder if publishers Hodder and Stoughton still employ any sub editors.

  4. WriterReader876 WriterReader876 says:

    This did not work as an ebook someone at the publishers thought pictures of the letters was a good idea and they are impossible to read as these are clues a sound concept it makes it bit confusing The final revelation was also in one of these unreadable letters, so basically like someone had ripped out the last page aarrgh I am not a great fan of girly, over romanticised literature there s an excess of heaving bosoms, corsets and demure heroines, falling for some rake s devastating good looks Not doing a lot for the female empowerment and revolution here The heroine is far too nice personally I wanted to see her take up a crow bar or show some raw guts by the end.The concept was imaginative enough, magical, a little old fashioned and baroque OK, not one of my favourite books of its kind The unreadable clues was a crime to paying readers though.

  5. C. Hayward C. Hayward says:

    I have no idea whether this is a book I would have liked or not as it s almost impossible to read on a Kindle Each chapter starts with a handwritten letter which is too small to read when displayed on the Kindle screen I gave up after the 2nd chapter I question whether it should be sold as a Kindle book as it doesn t work in this format I m not bothered about paying for it but am frustrated that I couldn t read it.

  6. Ana Ana says:

    Whatever you ve heard about Caraval, it doesn t compare to the reality It s than just a game or performance It s the closest you ll ever find yourself to magic in this world.I fell in love with this book from day one when I read the premise, and I definitely was not disappointed when actually reading the book Talk about some amazing world building It was even incredible than I could have ever hoped for it to be.From the very first page up until the last, there was never a dull moment while reading Caraval It was just an enigma wrapped in magic and deception One minute you think you have the story and the characters all figured out, the next minute the storyline takes you on a completely different direction There were just so many twists, turns, and puzzles that every page leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat It looked like a storybook come to life She peered down at bright pointy rooftops, moss covered towers, gingerbread cottages, gleaming gold bridges, blue brick streets, and bubbling fountains, all lit by candled lamps that hung everywhere, giving an appearance of time that was neither day nor night Caraval is a magical game that is played once a year Not everyone can go, but the lucky ones are sent tickets, and once they arrive they are able to choose if they d like to watch the game or actually play the game The story follows two sisters voyage to Isla de los Sue os, after being invited to attend this years Caraval Here, a mystery must be solved, but as every participant has been told repeatedly It s only a game Scarlett and Donatella had a beautiful sibling dynamic, the protectiveness they tend to develop when they are left to fend for themselves Oh and who doesn t absolutely love the added touch of an abusively powerful father and absent mother While this book had all the elements to create the perfect heroine, this is where it came up short Between perfectly placed opportunities, scarlet could have been the ideal character, abused but strong, loving yet un trusting of the world, and ultimately surprising But she just wasn t I mean yes I did like her, but I could have loved her you see Between being indecisive and uncertain, she seemed to keep emphasizing a very false sense of caution I mean if you were so worried about your sister getting lost in the caraval, why whisp away time playing into their hands I mean yes, if a person is only mildly concerned, they will fret and then go on about whatever they were doing, but when you suspect her life may be in danger, wouldn t you be tearing the world in two to find them I think mainly Scarlett s bravery seemed slightly exaggerated than the reality of her actions She wasn t the heroine I usually adore, but I did like her very much though Hope is a powerful thing Some say it s a different breed of magic altogether Elusive, difficult to hold onto But not much is needed.Although Caraval didn t really feel like it took place in a circus carnival like I was hoping it would, the world building was still very mystical Clues and objects are paid in your deepest secrets, greatest fear, or even days of your life There are tunnels that drive you mad and make you question what is real and what is simply part of the game Caraval was just full of so many surprises that ll keep you turning the page I had so many theories right from the very beginning that kept changing and evolving as the story progressed I was so immersed in trying to crack the big mystery that was Caraval and Legend Remember that it s just a game But is it really This book will definitely leave you with questions than answers in the end so prepare to be mind blown I definitely can t wait for book two because something tells me that Stephanie has tricks and magic up her sleeve for her readers I highly recommend it

  7. Jamie @ Books and Ladders Jamie @ Books and Ladders says:

    Disclaimer I was sent a free copy of this book and decided to review it This in no way impacts my opinion.This is going to sound like a negative review even though I rated it 4 stars because while I absolutely loved the first 90%, the last 10% of it changed my rating from a 5 star to a 4 star The ending was SO disappointing considering how much I loved the first 90% of the novel And on top of how this story concluded, I m not sure I like how it was left open to continue But like the first 90% SO good.The characters, the setting, the magic, and literally everything else was so good I liked seeing how Scarlett grew throughout the novel from fearing her father and his punishments to understanding that she was magic I thought that Scarlett was a great character to narrate this one because she wholeheartedly believed in the magic of Caraval to begin with and seeing her amazement and wonderment as we traveled through and solved the different clues was almost as much fun as trying to figure out what was happening.I liked the setting as well I thought everything was beautifully described and so vivid in my mind I could easily picture everything that was used in this novel and if I could control what I dreamt about, I could probably place myself in the world of Caraval It was the right mix of real world and fantastical so that the reader could ground themselves in reality while expanding upon their imagination to create the rest.Now for the ending sighs Not only was it confusing af but it was the biggest deus ex machina I ve ever read in my entire life For those of you who are unaware of the meaning trope in literature, deus ex machina is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way And man, I don t want to give it away but it was ridiculous how easily everything was solved at the end considering how much tension there was The fact that spoiler the players just magically came back to life after was stupid af and only in there so that Scarlett and Julian could continue their romance in the next novel tbh spoiler I was just super not impressed with the ending, especially after how much I enjoyed the first 90% of the novel.Am I still going to get my pre order Yes Am I still going to read the next novel Yes Am I happy with how this ended No I would recommend checking this out from the library But if you pre ordered it, I would keep that receipt close just in case.

  8. KL KL says:

    The book was on time and came in perfect condition.About the book itself, it was a good read i feel, though adventurous and nothing compared to the night circus Just another read of sorts though looking forward to reading the sequel.The story is about two sisters who wish to run away from their abusive father and live their life freely and end up playing a dangerous game which is full of charades and deception, which put both their lives in danger.

  9. Pageturner 20 Pageturner 20 says:

    Can I just say that this book is pure magic From start to finish, this book had me turning the pages and it was fantastic in every sense I didn t know who to trust, what was part of the game and who was who I definitely got swept away in the game and I cannot wait to revisit this world with book 2 I felt like I could empathise with Scarlett from the very first page The beginning of the book is shown through letters and it was a little girl wanting to believe in something which I can understand when you get to know her throughout the book and everything she went through I felt like I could empathise with her on a personal level because I am also the eldest sibling and I am also the one that has to try and stop my brother from doing something really stupid if he is that way inclined I could definitely feel the love that Scarlett had for her sister and just how far she was willing to go to protect her I also really liked Tella She was the complete opposite of her sister which made her unique but it also showed the typical sibling bond that I think a lot of people have themselves in real life I definitely think that the younger siblings are usually like Tella so I feel like both sisters and the bond itself could definitely relate to all readers in a different way What I loved about Tella was the fact that she was the opposite of her sister she was whimsical, prone to running off and taking chances and generally doing the stuff that, really, she shouldn t be doing The only real issue I had with Tella Donatella is the fact that her nickname was too close to the German word for plateI had my doubts about Julian from the very beginning I had a sort of hunch about who he was and everything he did seemed to play into that kind of hunch which I guess was part of the game Whilst I wasn t entirely right, I was pretty close I loved the way his identity kept twisting and turning as the plot continued and the way his character began to change as a whole throughout The world building in this was absolutely fantastic I think the most iconic quote from this book is Remember, it s only a game and I think with the world building and the certain characters who come into play etc It is really important for the reader to remember this as well, not just the characters I got so swept up in this book and I feel like it took me absolutely no time at all to read it It was one of those books where, 5 minutes later, your on the epilogue and you re wondering what happened to all those pages when in actual fact it s been four hours and you haven t done anything you were really supposed to do I got so sucked into this world and the way that it was described etc, that I could have easily imagined myself being there Who were the players, who were the observers, and who were the performers I think the only obvious people were the players who we met, whether in length or briefly The world building was extremely rich and I just want The dad What A Douche I don t really want to go too much into it because I don t want to give the game away, BUT I absolutely detested him He is one of those characters that I could happily murder and I would feel no remorse whatsoever because he deserved it All in all, I loved this rich, enchanting world that Garber has presented with us with Each and every character had their own twist and turns and history and every page brought something new to the table I loved the world building and the way that everything was different in a way that was magical that you really don t find as often as you would like in a book I cannot wait for the next instalment and I gave this book 5 5 stars

  10. rita rita says:

    Welcome, welcome to Caraval The grandest show on land or by sea Inside you ll experience wonders than most people see in a lifetime You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it s all a game This is the second time reading Caraval for me.It all started one year ago I was watching a BookTuber talking about her favorite reads and she grabbed my attention when she mentioned The Night Circus She talked so highly of that book I knew I needed to try it for myself I immediately checked on keep in mind that, at the time, I was still reading mainly in Italian, so I was pretty disappointed to find out that, for some reason I don t remember, I couldn t order the Italian edition of that book on .Pretty bummed I returned to the video I was originally watching The girl proceeded to talk about Caraval, another book she really enjoyed and that she considered perfect for fans of The Night Circus I hadn t read the latter yet, but I already considered myself a fan, so I returned on full of hope and I managed to order the Italian edition of Caraval.What happened next is history for me lol the book stole my heart in a blink, making me fall in love with every little detail, every description, every character, every plot twist I was obsessed As soon as I finished it, I discovered the sequel had already been published and I ordered it without even thinking about it.And that s when I made the mistake that led me to where I am right now too excited about Legendary, I didn t notice that I was ordering a book in English Yes, the sequel wasn t out in Italy yet, but had the original edition and that s what I bought.Legendary was my first English book Looking back I m so glad I made that mistake because it made me realize my English level was than enough to allow me to read books that hadn t been published in Italy as long as they were written in English of course.It s been almost a year since I finished Legendary and when Finale was announced I screamed I couldn t wait to discover how everything was going to end I still had to wait many months though, so I decided to sell my Italian edition of Caraval, order the English one and do a re read of the series, in order to remember every little detail when I eventually started Finale.Even though this was my second time reading Caraval, it felt like the first It didn t matter that I already knew how it was going to unravel, I enjoyed it so much discovering how many things I forgot since last year From the first pages, I felt the urge to keep reading because I needed to know what happened in the next chapter In the book someone says that Caraval is the closest you ll ever find yourself to magic in this world and I honestly think he was talking about the book itself, not the game.This book is pure magic Like Queen Garber would say, it s made of dreams come true.I won t go much into details because I m honestly not able to analyze this book as I would normally do It s too intense, too unique, too unexpected.Stephanie s writing style is one of the most beautiful I ve ever come across It made me dream on a whole new level She uses lots of romantic metaphors and thanks to them you find yourself experiencing the story with all your senses, almost like you were the main character He tasted like midnight and wind, and shades of rich brown and light blue.Colors that made her feel safe and guarded Quotes like this one make you feel everything.Every single character is perfectly built and three dimensional in a very unusual way They re all actors and they re even complex and faceted, at the point where you re constantly asking yourself if they re telling the truth or if they re just acting.Just like Scarlett the MC you re always wondering what s real and what s part of the game.Talking about Scarlett, I ve heard many people saying how they didn t like her and how much Tella was better than her sister Even though I with Donatella as well, I must say that this re read made me appreciate Scarlett a lot she s not boring as many people say, she s clever, she evaluates her options carefully, she thinks twice before taking any decision because she s analytical and precise Maybe this makes us similar than I realized when I first read the book She doesn t want to waste her time, she s driven by her infinite love for Donatella and she only cares for her She spends the entirety of the game thinking about Tella, looking for her and hoping she s okay Her dedication is touching and admirable.The romance is a very strong part of the book, yet it never feels too much It s a slow burn, always present but always on the side, never exaggerate to the point where it feels like the main point of the story Knowing that you can t really tell reality from act makes it even unique and interesting, to the point where you find yourself analyzing every little detail of it to understand what s really going on.The final plot twist didn t take me by surprise because I remembered it, but I also remember that it left me shook the first time I ve read it, so I can say it s quite a good one.I know, this review is probably useless, it feels like I haven t written anything I just think that Caraval is one of those books that need to be experienced without knowing too much about the plot, you need to dive in completely blind.Do it and I swear you re in for a marvelous, magical adventure