• The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

  • By: Axie Oh
  • Narrated by: Rosa Escoda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (483 ratings)

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

By: Axie Oh
Narrated by: Rosa Escoda
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Publisher's Summary

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering. 

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village - and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon - may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead. 

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin - as well as a motley crew of demons, gods, and spirits - Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all. But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking....

©2022 Axie Oh (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Terrible Narration

It's a shame that this amazing story has such a flat narrator. The story is beautiful but I kept needing to rewind because the narrator was so boring. I recommend getting a physical copy of the book. I am going to return this book and go buy the physical copy to read again. I will probably give the physical copy 5 out of 5 stars.

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Better to read

I like Axi Oh's writing, and that's the only reason I finished the book. I didn't like the reader. She did not differentiate the characters or emphasize dramatic parts. It was a very wooden performance. Parts of the story seemed rushed, but I liked the characters. Overall, meh.

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My review

Beautifully written and narrated. If you've seen the movie Spirited Away it reminds me of that but a more adult version. Stunning descriptions and very heart warming story.

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Lovely But Complicated Standalone

A gorgeous tale of how a brave storyteller saves her world! Full of beautiful prose and a lovely ending!

I enjoyed this imaginative story full of amazing quotes and stories from a young girl’s sacrificial quest to save her village from the vengeful Sea God’s wrath.

It has the themes of familial and found family love at its heart and it’s a standalone - both things I love. But I found myself having to consult my hardcover copy quite a bit due to the narrator’s character voices sounding much the same. This made an already difficult to follow story at times even that much harder to decipher.

I feel I’ll need a reread to make sense of everything and to grab all the beautiful quotes that us bibliophiles feed upon but I recommend this story to anyone who loves stories based on Eastern culture with sassy heroines, melancholy cinnamon rolls, and dragons!

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Feels like a beautifully animated movie

"Nothing extraordinary is ever done out of reason or logic, but because it’s the only way for your soul to breathe.”

What a lovely book. For anyone who is in need of a breath of fresh air and an escape from our oftentimes harsh reality. And for fans of beautifully animated movies like Spirited Away. Please, someone make this into the gorgeous animated movie it deserves.

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Stories

When I was little, my mom gave me a picture book, telling a similar story to this one (though it was much simpler). I expected this story to mirror that one, but instead it swept me off my feet. The pacing is perfect. The characters are likable, and the information drops are as surprising as they are intriguing.

The narrator took a little getting used to, but they were also fantastic. I really enjoyed the cadences and characters they made with their voice.

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phenomenal story

I've always heard of this story growing up and now I get to hear this beautiful retelling. I feel that there could've been more added to the book but at the same time I am glad it was short and beautiful. while listening to the story I couldn't help but picture the characters. I wasn't too fond of the narration but as I read/listened on it grew on me and I am now a fan.

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MAGICAL

This story was amazing I couldn't stop listening to it. I saw every single scene in my head like a movie and everything I thought was gonna happen in the story was completely flipped.

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Lulling and lovely

The narrator has a very lulling voice, which fits the theme of the book but made me a bit sleepy listening to it. The story is fantastic and well written, although it takes a little bit to get into it and to keep all the characters straight. Highly recommend though.

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Beautiful and satisfying

I found some of the scene changes really abrupt and certian plot elements didn't quit work for me but overall I highly enjoyed it. Definitely a comfort read and absolutely beautiful.

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