The narration by L.J. Ganser was fine. A few clever surprises and characterizations were fun, but the heroines couldn't keep up. I'd like to make allowances for the young Sisters Grimm--they've had a hard life, what with being orphans and surviving a series of rotten foster families, and they're YOUNG, but at some point--at least, if this were a real Grimm's tale--they would stop griping and bickering and get down to business. I've enjoyed many YA fantasies and quite a few for younger readers, but maybe I'm too old for this one. Particularly annoying: the author's tendency to regularize all irregular verbs, and to insert definitions of long or unusual words into character conversations. That's what dictionaries (or even Kindle word look-ups) are for. Allow children to be enterprising. My advice: read the original Grimm tales.
This is a cute idea and parts of the story were rather fun. But on the whole I got bored with it. I am sure this would appeal to younger children but unlike the Harry Potter or Bartimaeus books I did not find this appealing to adults. I had a hard time making myself listen to all of it.
Of the two children in the book, I found Sabrina rude and irritating and truly an unappealing character unlike her sister Daphne.
The reader was excellent and makes up for the sagging, lagging bits of the story. He really gave voice to the characters in the book.
Since these are based on popular fairy tales I am sure they will appeal to children. If you have children I would definitely give them a try.
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.
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.
I listened to this nearly all in one sitting. I frequently enjoy YA books and tend to read them / listen to them with my own two children in mind. I was not very far into this book before I noticed myself thinking "the boys would love this!"
I had to set a bookmark for myself and re-start the story with my 11-year old, and he was hooked nearly as quickly as I was. I don't find very many books with female protagonists that he is willing to read (especially when there really are no boys at all as main characters). However, he was very intrigued and was laughing right along side me as we listened to the Sabrina & Daphne's first meeting with their grandmother, the ancient (& very loud) car, the crazy house with all its locks & keys, and the myriad colorful characters that are introduced in this book. I'm ready to head out & grab the second one already. Highly recommended!
We listened to this on a road trip and my kids age 9 & 6 were equally caught up in it. That's all I need. It is cute and not too scary. Now we are getting the next one.
In the dictionary, next to the word "bibliophile" there is a picture of me... Ok... it's my dictionary... and I put the picture there.
Loved this story. Sabrina is a little snot, but a tough cookie and Daphne is just adorable. Puck is a wonderful anti-hero! Highly recommend this book and this series.
ok, but not good enuf. didn't finish it.
didn't really care how it came out!
(looks like 15 words to me!)
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I enjoyed this book but it's a one-liner carried a bit too far. I did, however, enjoy it enough that I might listen to the next in the series. My library has it for me to borrow. Would I buy it? Maybe not.