• Miss Mabel's School for Girls

  • The Network Series, Book 1
  • By: Katie Cross
  • Narrated by: Becca Ballenger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (218 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel's School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse. Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.

Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn't expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel's sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel's School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you'll never want to leave.

©2014 KC Writing (P)2014 KC Writing

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this book and I rather liked the way the narrator took her time. It added to the character, one who is always thinking and figuring things out. I thought it was interesting, intelligently written, dark, sad and well...I bought books two and three before I even finished it!

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Spellbinding

The narrator was superb! She voiced the book perfectly and met my high expectations easily. I recommend this audiobook highly!

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This reader is so flat!

I kept listening only because I became intrigued with the story. I was very disappointed with this slow, almost whiny voice.

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Disappointed, but not sure if it is the book or the Voice that Disappointed me more!?!

I listened to thIs first book on Audible. I was a bit disappointed. The Voice Reader sounds like a teenager struggling to read. It seemed to move slow. I can’t tell if that is just the way the Reader was reading or if the story line was just simply slow to draw me in. I nearly stopped listening several times before reaching the end, too bored/disappointed to continue. The advertising claims it to be an adult version of Harry Potter, but I find it more juvenile than Harry Potter.
Finally, as I reached the end chapters the book reached a momentum that I would start comparing it to Harry Potter. And the way the book ends does make you want to progress to the next book, almost like a “too be continued” episode on TV. I have not begun the next book, because I am afraid of becoming bored again. I am also not sure I can handle more of the Voice Reader’s slow & cautious tone. I prefer Audio Book Readers to be expressive like they find the book intriguing from the 1st word read. It would be my recommendation to read this series yourself.... If I find spare time perhaps I will also read the next books for myself. Maybe then I can accurately determine if it is the Voice Reader or the Books themselves that are slow moving!!!!

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Not within a million miles of Harry Potter

I watch videos in my mind as audible narrators read books to me. This author paints ridiculous, impossible and just plain wrong word pictures. So, as I "watch" the story with my mind I come to screeching halts, and find it necessary to back the story to see if she really did just say that the forest was "soaring" as she ran through it (really? flying trees and bushes?) and her knickers were "blaring", (WTH did she eat?!) and wooden floors were "Tarnished" which could only happen if the floors were silver-plated. I cannot enjoy a story so full of mental pictures that give me brain-aches. And the 12-year-old narrator reading in nearly a monotone just made my misery complete. I will be returning this book and will never read anything else written by this lady of screwy word pictures.

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Best book I’ve listened to in a while.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. I really enjoyed the narrative and the book.

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great listen

This story was about a 17 year old girl who goes to a magical school for girls. She hat to enter a contest that she has trained for her whole life to try to get close to Miss Mabel along the was she gains some new friends that help her get what she needs. I found this to be a great read. The story was well paced. I found myself hooked on what would happen next and how Bianca would overcome obstacles in her way. The narrator did a great job and way the story was written made everything flow nicely for audio. If you like magic, mystery, and young people overcoming obstacles in their lives. This is the book for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Antagonist is too powerful

This is more of a story about child abuse, than good versus evil.

The heroine never had a chance!

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Page turning, edge of your seat thriller.

Very well developed characters well-thought-out plot just keep reading and reading and rurning and turning you don't know where the next plots going to come through but you know you just have to turn the page

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good story, lousy narration

enjoyed the story but it was a struggle to get through with the dead flat narration.

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  • Mrs Julie C Eames
  • 05-28-21

Gripping book

Loved it. Kept me hooked all the way through. Great character's, sometime got lost with the readers accent (American).

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  • Dominic
  • 08-18-20

witch school

First read of this author
story moves at a good pace, comes to a good conclusion. First in the series, not sure if it motivates me enough to buy others. i have read better in the genre.

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  • sandra streeting
  • 07-02-20

Brilliant

The heroin was so believable, I cried when she did.Getting the next book in series right now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-22

it doesn't play

There is no sound on this file . there is no sound on this book

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  • Carlene Kleefman
  • 08-19-20

good story

the story was great and very engaging, however the narrators habit of finishing almost every sentence with an upward inflection was very off-putting.

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  • Lauren
  • 07-24-20

has potential

story is ok, the narrator was not overly suited to the book, you get use to it tho

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-03-20

Pure Magic, A series that is worth the read

This book is not just for young adults.. it is beautifully written and magical created world. The characters are endearing and fun. It is rich and delicious, and there are no wasted scenes or words. This is great place start this amazing series, theatre are so many to read so there's no waiting. I read the series and loved it so much i bought this in audio too and then i bought the next book before i finished this one. Listening added a whole new dimension to Miss Mabel's...

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  • jennine.
  • 12-03-18

WOW *****RECOMMENDED FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART!

I just loved this book. So much. I can see why it won a Young Adults Award. This was the deciding factor that tempted me to purchase, plus I love all thing witchy. I was captivated from the start and totally enjoyed it all the way through. I really hope all her future books are as good because I think I have found in her, a new author to follow. I thoroughly recommend this to fans of magic, witches and schools for young witches.

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  • Trina H
  • 08-20-18

There is definitely a villain

There is a good person the lead character and a villain. The rest of the characters support these two. The characters are all well developed. Reminds a bit of Harry Potter books. Sad ending and can’t wait to read the next book. A long book worth the money for an audio.