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.
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"
Overall, it was a pleasant listen, Wil Wheaton still ranking amongst my favorite narrators for his ability to really make a battle /feel/ epic, a chase to /feel/ rushed and a reprieve to feel restful. Max and Peter foil each other wonderfully as the book progresses and Bo Peep does a great job at losing the whole "damsel in distress" mantle. My only complaint would be the ending. Not that it ended too soon, it just had an incredibly long build-up followed by a solution that left me with a feeling of "...that's it?". But, don't let that discourage you, it's a great audiobook for all ages, and I recommend it.
I love the Fables comics by Willingham, but I wasn't so fond of his novel style here.
As for Wil, his narration is pretty much guarantees I'll purchase it on sight.
I always, always love Wil performances.
Go and reread Fables Vol 1-3.
Its easy to see how this book originated from a comic form. The characters are cardboard cut outs and the dialogue is cartoonish.
The story itself is simplestic and the ending is abrupt and very underwhelming.
However, for all its faults the book wasn't that bad except for the fact that Wil Wheaton insisted in narrating the book as if he was reading to a 5 year old. Ok, I know this is based on a fable, but the book is definitely for adults and the narrators reading style was not suited at all. Added to that was his tendency to let his voice fade away at the end of sentences, making hearing what was saying quite difficult.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I very much enjoyed this book. Peter & Max is based off a comic series surround common fairy tale characters. In this world, fairy tale heroes like Peter Piper live in a peaceful community set apart from other more magical worlds. This story dives deep into Peter's past and his perhaps less known evil brother max. Other characters included are Bo Peep and the Wolf. These tales are based loosely after the fairy tales and are much darker. I am not a comic book fan, but I found Bill Willingham's to be a great writer and I was drawn in very quickly with his story. I hope he continues to make new books based off the comics.
Also, Wil Wheaton did a great job with his narration. I didn't notice anything negative to say about his performance and became very caught up with this story due to an excellent production all around.