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Stefan Rudnicki,Gabrielle de Cuir,Orson Scott Card







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Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged MP3CD edition (May 1, 2010)



Enchantment e-book

by Stefan Rudnicki,Gabrielle de Cuir,Orson Scott Card

As one of the most consistently exciting writers to. .

As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last twenty-five years.

First published in 1999, the novel is based on the Ukrainian version of Sleeping Beauty and other folk tales. Various forms of magic, potions, and immortal deities also play an important role in the story.

Card at Life, the Universe, & Everything in 2008. He wrote an original story, "The Emperor of the Air", specifically for the short film by Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki In 2008 Card. He wrote an original story, "The Emperor of the Air", specifically for the short film by Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki In 2008 Card announced that Ender's Game would be made into a movie, but that he did not have a director lined up.

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Acabamos de assinar o contrato com o magnífico actor Stefan Rudnicki. Very happy about this.

Along with it, Audible and Blackstone Publishing has released the Ne.irth Trilogy audio books performed by the incredibly talented Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki, John Rubinstein, Justine Eyre, and Kate Orsini. Acabamos de assinar o contrato com o magnífico actor Stefan Rudnicki.

Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. The moment ten-year-old Ivan stumbled upon the clearing in the Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed

Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki. The moment ten-year-old Ivan stumbled upon the clearing in the Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed.

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Аудиокнига "Enchantment", Orson Scott Card. Читает Stefan Rudnicki и Gabrielle de Cuir. Orson Scott Card1 января 2008 г. Blackstone Audio Inc. Мгновенный доступ к вашим любимым книгам без обязательной ежемесячной платы. Слушайте книги через Интернет и в офлайн-режиме на устройствах Android, iOS, Chromecast, а также с помощью Google Ассистента. 17 ч. 26 мин. Переключиться на электронную книгу.

Orson Scott Card Enchantment 1 Leaves. Call me back when you have the information?" "No, Mother has it right here in the book. Father gave him all the information and they said good-bye. They refused to sell him a ticket at the train station until right before departure-inflation was too high to be able to lock in the price even the day before.

[MP3CD audiobook format in Vinyl case.][Read by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir] As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last twenty-five years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek's farm.Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest--or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy's fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan finds the clearing just as he left it.This time he does not run. This time he awakens the beauty with a kiss . . . and steps into a world that vanished a thousand years ago.A rich tapestry of clashing worlds and cultures, Enchantment is a powerfully original novel of a love and destiny that transcend centuries . . . and the dark force that stalks them across the ages.
"I'm ten years old, my whole life you've called me Vanya. My name is on the school records, on government papers as Ivan Petrovich Smetski. Now you tell me I'm really Itzak Shlomo. What am I, a Jewish secret agent?"

Growing up in Russia isn't easy if you were Jewish. Ivan's parents wanted to get him to America, so he could grow up in a land of freedom. And the way they were going to do it was by declaring themselves Jewish, and applying for a Visa to Israel. From there, they were going to go to America. Ivan could grow up free, and Piotr Smetski could teach at a University. But declaring yourself Jewish in 1975 had it's drawbacks in Russia. After Professor Smetski lost his job, the family lost their apartment, and still no Visa was to be had. So the Smetski's moved to the country near Kiev to live with Cousin Marek and his wife.

One day when Ivan was out running, he came across a clearing in the woods. The canopy of leaves overhead was "so dense that it was perpetually dusk at ground level". The ground was covered with leaves. When a slight breeze stirred the leaves, young Ivan could see something at the center. It was a woman: a beautiful, sleeping woman on a pedestal. And when the leaves moved, it wasn't just ground that it covered, but a wide chasm. Then something moved, and Ivan realized that he wasn't alone with the sleeping woman. There was some sort of creature hidden in the leaves. For a ten-year-old boy, this was too much. He ran off as fast as he could. But he never got a chance to tell anyone about what he saw (if he REALLY saw anything at all). Because when he returned to the country house, the family's Visa had come through and everyone was hurrying to get ready.

The plan worked, and the Smetski's immigrated to New York, to a small town close to Syracuse. And this is where Ivan grew into a man. He became a track star and a scholar. Fourteen years later, Ivan was working on his dissertation for his graduate degree. He was studying Russian Folklore and Ancient Languages, and figured the best way to finish his work would be to go back to Russia. At least that's what he told himself. Because in the back of his mind, he knew that he wanted to see if the woman, the clearing and the beast under the leaves was real.

The story of the Sleeping Beauty in most fairy tales ends once the Prince or Knight awakens the Princess and they live "Happily Ever After". But in this story it is only beginning. The best part of this tale is what happens after the beauty is awakened. Katerina is a 9th Century Princess who was hidden in time by the evil witch Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga's powers were so great because she had bound the Russian God, the Great Bear to her and was feeding off his power. What did she want? She wanted to rule to land of Tania, Katerina's land. So she hid Katerina away.....not knowing that Ivan would find her and lead her back to the 9th Century.

I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled with Katerina for a very long time in this book. She was so headstrong (which I usually like in a female character) that she wouldn't listen to reason. She had no sympathy for Ivan coming to a new place and time....and having no idea what the customs were or how he was supposed to act. But when fate sends the couple back to the modern time, she realized just how hard life was for someone who didn't have a clue.

Ivan, however, was a pure soul and I just fell in love with him right from the start. Far sooner than Katerina, that's for sure. Card did an incredible job of intertwining the lives of 2 people from different eras and making a fairy tale come to life. He truly is a gifted writer! On top of the fairy tale, he mixes in Russian folklore and creates a cast of characters that will stay with me for a long time. This was really a remarkable book, with a great story to tell. If you are a fan of Card, or just a fan of fairy tales, this is one book that you must be sure to read!!
As a young boy, Ivan and his family emigrated from Russia to America. On the way to America, they stopped at Cousin Marek’s farm for a short while. It was at this farm where the course of Ivan’s life changed. Ivan loved to run. He was out of one of his runs when he stumbled across a meadow filled with leaves. When he got nearer, the leaves began to move and he realized they were filling a chasm. There appeared to be a pedestal in the middle with what looked like a woman lying atop it. At that point, something within the leaves started moving toward him and, frightened, Ivan ran away. The family moved to America soon after and Ivan left that part of his life behind. He became a scholar and followed in the steps of his father to learn historic languages. He decided to travel back to Russia to finish his doctorate studies. While there, he visits his Cousin Marek's farm again. The itch that had been his adventure in the woods as a boy begins to occur again and he realizes he must go see the chasm again. This time he is determined to see what the fuss was really about. He was sure that he remembered incorrectly and there wouldn’t be a pedestal and with a woman lying in wait and there wouldn’t be a monster under the leaves set out to get him. How wrong he was. Though, as an adult he was determined not to run away. Instead, he put his running to good use. The monster turned out to be a bear that was set to attack anyone that approached the pedestal. He decided to tire out the bear by giving chase around the chasm. Then he would leap to the pedestal to save the woman lying there. As with any fairy tale story, he gave the woman a kiss and she awoke. She quickly exclaimed in proto-Slavic, a long dead language, that Ivan should ask her to marry him. By luck, Ivan could understand her because this is a language that he and his father had been studying. He asked her to marry him and the bear (who had been climbing up the pedestal to attack), was forced to retreat. The curse had been broken with the princess awoken and betrothed.

Ivan and Katerina (the sleeping Princess) cross a bridge that only Katerina can see and are transported back into the ninth century. Ivan arrives naked, as apparently nothing except the person themselves, can be brought through time. Ivan doesn’t understand the culture and the norms of the ninth century and tries to persuade Katerina to provide him with her shawl to cover up. She refuses, sighting it would be ghastly for a man to dress in women’s clothing. It would be better for him to walk through the village and arrive at her father’s (the King) house naked. This is just what he does. They arrive at the King’s house and everyone is excited that Katerina has returned. She’s been gone for months and no one could find her, though many tried. While it’s only been months for the local folk, it’s been many centuries to Ivan. It seems time carries on differently with the portal between the worlds. Ivan does not fit in the ninth century. He is lithe and spry from having been an athlete all his life. Men of the ninth century are bulky and muscular from having to work hard and Knights carrying shields and broad swords during battles. Everyone laughs at Ivan and believes that Katerina has made a poor choice for a husband. Katerina has her concerns as well, but is willing to marry Ivan for the sake of her people. It seems Baba Yaga, an evil witch, has cursed Katerina’s family. If there is no blood heir to the King’s line, then Baba Yaga will take the seat by force. But, she is held in check by others who are determined for a blood heir to rule the throne. As long as Katerina weds and produces a son, there will be an heir to the kingdom and Baba Yaga can make no move against the throne. But, she will do everything within her power (including moving through time) to ensure that Katerina doesn’t marry or produce a legitimate heir to the throne.

This book travels through time from the 1990’s to the ninth century. We get to see people out of their time and out of their element and their reactions with different circumstances. While the tale sounds unbelievable and that it would read like a true children’s fairy tale, it doesn’t. Yes, there are witches and Gods and fairy tale characters, but it reads like a historical romance tale (with some modern twists). It's about Ivan and Katerina and the obstacles in their way to find true love. It doesn’t seem the unlikely cast of characters...a Russian Jewish American boy and his family in the 1990's, Gods and fairy tale characters, witches, Kings and princesses and mortal men in the ninth century....would fit together, but Card has woven the story together deftly. I was taken in by Ivan and Katerina’s story and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

A quote:
"Round and round it went. What good were the rules of time when the rules of magic contradicted them?"

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