Listening to this was not the best use of 6+ hours, but I was moderately interested most of the way through. Even though transplanting fairty-tale characters into a remote corner of modern America sounds like a recipe for great creativity, it seemed, instead, to be immensely predictable. There was nothing offered to enrich any of the characters, they just seemed to robotocically perform for a modern adventure of sorts. I like few things better than really beautiful and/or creative children's literature, and I felt this offered neither quality. At the same time, the adventure moved along at a nice pace and kept me somewhat involved.
All three of my kids listen during our commute to school. Ages 9, 11 and 13. They all loved the book.
The use of Fairy tales to inspire mystery will not only get you wanting to read the rest of Buckley's tales, but inspires (if not re-inpires) you to read the classic tales.
Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.
I purchased this book on a whim, and as I listened to the first hour I realized that I thought my daughter might like it as well. SO I started over with her in the car, and wow was I correct. My daughter (5y) LOVED this book. Every time we got in the car she demanded that we listen to it. I myself found it very enjoyable as well. The plot/storyline is light and innocent and the "monsters" (for lack of a better term) are not too scary or loathsome, in fact they tend more to the comical than anything else. The world of Fairyport Landing (or is it Ferryport Landing?) is interesting. It is kind of a like a lighter, less gruesome version of ABC's "Once Upon a Time???s" Town of Storybrooke. It is fun to hear how some of our favorite fairy tale characters cope with life in Modern America, I actually laughed at Jack's (from Jack in the Beanstalk) day job.
Overall I would highly recommend this novel to those of you who are looking for something to listen to with young children, especially daughters.
Okay, it's not Harry Potter, but it's enchanting in it's own way. The characters are well done, and the story is clever.
This is for kids but not so much for adults who enjoy the YA for straightforward storytelling, fun and sense of wonder.
The narration was fine but no one character wowed me.
There are a number of YA books I enjoy relaxing with (most recently Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts which is not currently at Audible but worth reading). Alas, The Fairy-Tale Detectives cute but not the sort of YA that worked for me but I think kids may like it.
Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.
Great listen with my 11 year old daughter. The narrator does excellent voices. The author has woven beloved old fairy tales into a clever modern-day detective story. Most enjoyable.
this was a fantastic story. easy to listen to, easy to follow. I'm 27 years old, and I didn't feel like it was too child-like for me. I feel like this is a book that anyone could love