Excellent story for the whole family! My 11 and 13 year old boys were riveted to the story the entire trip. Comedy, adventure and drama all in one extremely well performed narration. The voices and accents were so much fun that we've been imitating them ever since.
It just didn't capture my kids' attention. I thought it was funny, but every time I suggested we put it on, there were collective groans from the kids. Not sure why. I enjoyed it so far, but I bought it for them, so had to return it and try again.
My mom and I just listened to this adorable and well-written book. I'll be looking out for more books by this author, but the reading is phenomenal. This wasn't reading, this was a performance. The way he read the narrative and the voices, and the production with the music and sound effects were great.
We chuckled quite a bit. And there were a few times when we were practically rolling on the floor laughing.
This is a belly full of laughs and no mistake. I swear one of the princes is a Texan! The reader is also a prince of a guy, and elevates a delightful story into a howl.
"The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom" is a funny, light-hearted middle-grade story that delights in twisting the fairy tales it draws on. The characters are interesting and easy to enjoy, and the plot, though slightly meandering, comes together well (though readers should be warned that the last chapter is open-ended enough to allow for sequels).
What might just be a very fun and unapologetically silly children's story, however, has been enhanced by very good narration. Bronson Pinchot has developed distinct and appropriate voices for each character and the narrator, and his characterizations add depth to the characters.
We absolutely loved this story so much. And the narrator is absolutely phenomenal. Just such a wonderful story to share with my boys. From my boys- Gustaf, Frederick, Duncan, and Liam are the funniest characters of all time. I can't wait until you hear the evil zabera's crackly laugh. This was one of the best stories I ever heard. Thank you for all the hard work you put into it.
Anyone, I repeat anyone, telling a story can get a laugh by using foul language & sex jokes. Only a talented person can get those laughs without resorting to foul language & sex jokes. This book is a rare find: something I & my children can listen to & laugh along with. No embarassing moments when the sex & dirty words start flowing. It takes skill to make a person laugh using clean humor & this book does just that.
The spin on the traditional fairy tale characters is original &, while the story is fairly predictable, that should be expected. The main characters that most readers are familiar with & few would expect shocking twists. The fun is in how the story is told.
While I'm sure it would be a fun read, I believe this book shines in audio format. Bronson Pinchot does a top notch job with a plethora of accents & voices. High pitch, low pitch & everything in between is executed perfectly. Scottish, English, Germanic, all equally stellar. I particularly enjoyed the voice of the giant. I don't know of any other single narrator who could have done justice to all the many different characters in this story. It was like having a one man ensemble cast perform this book.
Do yourself a favor: buy this audio book, leave your cell phones at home, take your children out on a long drive & enjoy some quality family time away from any distractions, and laugh with your children before they grow up so quickly.