• Forest Born

  • Book Four of the Books of Bayern
  • By: Shannon Hale
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bishop
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rin is sure that something is wrong with her...something really bad. Something that is keeping her from feeling at home in the Forest homestead where she’s lived all her life. Something that is keeping her from trusting herself with anyone at all. When her brother Razo returns from the city for a visit, she accompanies him to the palace, hoping that she can find peace away from home. But war has come to Bayern again, and Rin is compelled to join the queen and her closest allies - magical girls Rin thinks of as the Fire Sisters - as they venture into the Forest toward Kel, the land where someone seems to want them all dead.

Many beloved Bayern characters reappear in this story, but it is Rin’s own journey of discovering how to balance the good and the bad in herself that drives this compelling adventure.

©2013 Shannon Hale (P)2013 AudioGO

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fabulous, but...

I read these books when they first came out, loved them. got the Kindle books with whisper sync for my daughter, first goose girl, then enna burning. she listened to them on loop, day after day. we bought river secrets for a family road trip, then this one for the ride home. the cast has been amazing for the first three books, but suddenly, all the voices are different. things happen, but I'm sad they didn't get to keep the cast for all four books.

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Ugh. This seemed to drag on forever.

Goose girl was so good. We listened to the entire series. Each consecutive book was less than the original. It was nice to see the progression of familiar characters, but the prose became repetitive and predictable. I'm glad we've finished the series and so glad we listened to her "thousand years" book immediately following "Goose Girl".

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Good not great

I wasn't as impressed with this book as the others. All the girls seemed so blood thirsty. but still a great story of teenage girl finding herself

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Sooo cool

I loved it it was so adventures and amazing.I recommend it for fantasy people .I love Shannon Hale so much.

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I Love this book, but Razo...

I just started listening to this and I'm not sure I can finish. in the last two books, Razo's voice was perfect. He sounded mischievous and friendly and laid back. Forest born. In this book something about his voice reminds me more of a silly, sickly man raised in a palace with a snotty tutor. It changes the way I imagine him and that's not acceptable. He's just about my favorite character. I'm sure there was some circumstance that made the change of voice necessary but I just really wish that weren't the case or that they chose someone more Razo-ish. I almost want to rate the performance lower, but so far everyone else is great. I love Rinna's voice. But, RAZO!

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Felt a bit dragged out

What could Shannon Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The idea and basic storyline was interesting but it was rather dragged out and probably could have been better enjoyed as an abridged audiobook. There was a lot of the character's self reflection and that definitely slowed the story down.

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perfection as always

if you look at my past reviews, you'll see that I blew through the whole series in a week.

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Love this series!

This is such a beautiful series. I love the story, the well-constructed characters, all of the voices, the music! Please tell me there will be more!

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A satisfying end to the series

Goose Girl is my favorite book of all time. I remember being ecstatic finding out there were more books after it that took place in the same world. Enna Burning and River Secrets were both good I would say. They didn’t carry the power of the first book but I still loved Enna and Razo’s own stories.
Forest Born felt very personal to me. Rinna’s whole family situation felt very real and I think many can probably relate to feeling lost in your own home. I was around Rinna’s age when I really thought about how to be a good person. This is a book about realizing one’s own potential and growing and changing to find your place in the world.
I don’t want to spoil the ending so I’ll try to use neutral wording - seeing the main villain of this story get what they deserve feels so good in this book. The lead up is actually quite funny and I was looking forward to this part as I reread this story. I feel like this end is very satisfying and wraps the whole story up nicely while giving room to imagine what happens to Rin afterwards. Even though I’m sure a new Bayern book won’t be written, the ending seems open enough that if Hale decided to write more in this world, it would make sense.
As far as the audio performance, I feel it could have been better, however it wasn’t bad. Compared to the narration of Goose Girl, it has greatly improved. I loved the voice for Isi in this one and Razo as well. It felt much more natural and less gimmicky.
I would recommend this to anyone who grew up feeling not quite right with themselves. I think this book will give you hope for your own path. (Probably read the previous books for full context though lol)

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Good

I really like these stories. I think they are good to help with self-esteem.

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