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.
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.
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.
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.