I tend to like coming-of-age YA stories, so I gave this one a try. It's cute, but the story wasn't complex. It's a good introduction to mysteries and fantasy genres. The audio format was perfect. The way sentences were written and how visually things were described lends itself well to being read out loud.
The target audience is much younger than I expected. The plot and dialog were very predictable. Take the "Once Upon a Time" television series and rewrite it as an episode to appear on a Disney Kids show, and you'd have a good idea of how this book flows.
Although this is more for preteen/teens, I still enjoyed listening to this with my granddaughters! It was fun to put together all of the old fairy tales and discuss it with the girls. We had a lot of fun talking and enjoying this book.
Haven't read it.
Finding out what our favorite fairy tale characters are up to now,
She brings to the story many different inflections. This allows you to imagine what they sound and look like. Although when you read a book you form your own sense of what they look and sound like.
I just got the audiobook because I was looking for something with mystery that was dealing with brutality, murder and violence for a change. I was extremely delighted with the story. I am getting the next one. Hope it lives up to the first.
Two sisters, orphaned after their parents disappeared one night, become experts in running away from abusive foster parents - until they end up adopted by their grandmother, a woman they had always been told had died, and brought to live in a town whose inhabitants are all fairy tale characters. There, they discover that some of the fairy tale characters are plotting to kill off their family and release them from an old spell which traps them in the town.
It's an interesting premise, although I found it to be derivative after reading the Fables comic series. They both look at fairy tale characters down on their luck in the real world, and both have Prince Charming as a mayor, both have the Big Bad Wolf as sheriff, and both have their magic artifacts locked away for safekeeping, and both have Jack as a rogue who wants to earn a fortune. There are big differences, though, and the Sisters Grimm is much more family friendly - although with moments that aren't appropriate for kids.
Overall, I didn't find any one thing to be particularly bad. The voice acting was fine, the characters were interesting, the plot was slow to start but then reasonably fast paced. However, nothing about it really excited me, either. It wasn't a bad read, but it just didn't click with me. I'm not sure I'm interested enough to pick up the sequel. Fables is a much better read, even though it's a comic.
Cute. Kid-Friendly, Clean
There were so many fairy tale characters interspersed with the Grimm family, it's hard to pick just one character! Mayor Charming was one of my least faves, but then again, I think he's written that way on purpose. :-)
Going into the mirror.
no, no one moment moved me, but it was refreshing to hear a story with no cursing, no vile behaviour and yet still be entertained thouroughly.
Nerdgirl who loves to read and listen during a nasty 2 hour daily commute. Mostly listen to intelligent stories to escape road rage - love s
The story was just okay for me. It didn't surprise me at all, the older child was pretty bratty and it was short. I got it during a 4.95 sale so for that amount it wasn't too bad. I was disappointed with most of it. I did like hearing about the food served by their grandmother and the magic mirror's storage area was interesting. Otherwise it was just meh.
This book really deserves a higher rating but not for an adult Si-Fi or Fantasy novel. It is a children's book and should be listed/sold in that category. The author did a fair job of writing (maybe 3 or 4 stars) for kids ages 7-12 perhaps. The narration was also fair (probably would also rate 3 or 4 stars) for the type of material being read. It is unfortunate that this book was listed and sold as an adult book, because it really deserves a better rating if directed to the right audience!
Yes, from a different author.
Very disappointed… annoying waste of time for a "senior listener".
A wannabe riot.
A fun take on classic fairy-tale characters stuck in modern times. I would say that this is a children's book, though as an adult, even I didn't recognize some of the original fairy tales referenced. Also the narrator's performance was great with all the different characters. I overall enjoyed it, though I don't think I'd read/listen to the others unless I was reading them to/with kids.