I think Wil Wheaton did great, covering the nuances of male and female characters without being hokey.
I thought it was nice to know some of what happened to other characters after "Happily Ever After" ended.
I hope that they make more of these audible versions of the Fables comic books. Being one who doesn't read them, I would love to learn more about these versions of my beloved fairy tale characters.
Not going to write a deep review, just wanted to say: This is a pleasant fantasy involving magical, semi-immortal characters with a well-worn plot: someone turns evil and the feud extends through time. It's aimed at teenage listeners/readers but suitable for adults as there aren't any disparaging plot holes or intelligence-insulting aspects.
Mostly, Wil Wheaton is an excellent story teller with a great voice. Consider his other works. In the science fantasy genre I think the Scalzi books, like Fuzzy Nation, are more interesting.
The story was good but I found myself almost rooting for the author to articulate himself better. The writing was bad enough that it actually distracted me from the story, to the point I almost gave up on listening to it. He often used expositional crutches like saying"so and so's face looked both angry and confused." instead of finding a way to get that across without literally stating it. The ending was both climatic and satisfying without feeling forced (brought together plot lines that had been woven through the book) and I was ultimately glad I listened to the whole thing.
It wasn't the best thing I've ever listen to, but I enjoyed it. It is a very quick listen and if you are in between epic series or looking for something quick just to clean the fiction palette, then this is an excellent choice.
Love the story, love the reader. The only problem is that if your listening to this on speakers or over the computer the reader gets so quiet at times that you can't hear him. Better on headphones or on car speakers.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Bill Willingham has gained fame for his Fables comics. By taking the mythologies, stories and legends of the world, mixing the characters together and giving them an American colonist feel, he has become the master of twisting innocent well loved children's tales into intrigue, suspense and new fun. (His previous attempts at writing comics, in my opinion, lead to a miserable outcome.) In this novel he tells the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. He not only places the Pied Piper of Hamlin in his created Fable universe, he twists the story in such a way, that you want to say "No way!" Yet, certain parts of the story is a bit predictable. Although you might not need read the Fables comics series, I would strongly recommend it. It just brings the Piper more to life. The story is an excellent listen while on the road. Wil Wheaton reads the book in such a way that you don't wander off frequently and Bill Willingham writes it in such a way that you can easily pick up the thread should you also get lost in the Great Dark Forest.
I loved the world. created by Bill. I enjoyed how the he wove all the fairytalls into a history of other worlds. I hope he writes move tales of "Fable"
The poorly written dialogue. The simplistic characters. The over-acted narration. Basically, everything. The story has a lot of potential that was unrealized buy not the author and narrator.
Scott Brick, Simon Vance, George Guidall, ect. I am not a fan of actors doing narration of audiobooks. Most of them, like Will's performance here, overact their role and make the narration more about the performance rather than the story that they are reading.
Max. He was such a one dimensional, whinny, and boring bad guy. He was, in my opinion, far and away the worst character in the book. I might also get rid of Peter and Max's father. He was an awful father. He clearly played favorites and alienated his youngest son. If he would have been a halfway decent father this whole story wouldn't have ever happened.
Wil Wheaton does an excellent job reading Bill Willingham's first Fables Novel. This book gives you everything you'd expect from a Fables sorry with the added benefit of not knowing the outcome even if you've been reading the comics since issue one.