The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called "one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales."
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the 13 kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered - and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all 13 kingdoms - a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.
©2014 Christopher Healy (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Yes, any time I need a good laugh!
Yes he has great voices and makes the jokes so much better with perfect timing and good pauses.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Highly rated and with a great narrator, I should have loved this book, but 3 hours into it I just can't spend more time on it. Pinchot's narration provides voice to each character, but some of those voices are hard to understand and, well, just plain annoying. I'm not really sure what the story is about as I have to work so hard to sift through what is being said. This one is going back.
I didn't love the ghost/possession bit in a couple chapters. They made total sense with the story. I just really dislike that concept... and there are a few less than kid-friendly moments (not "adult" in the unfortunate modern sense, just beware of how your kid will take or be scared by certain creepy concepts. there are a few in there---and it's fairly intense in a few places).
This was the perfect close to the series. All my petty grievances from the first two books (which were also great to read/listen to---though they they each had a few less than kid-friendly moment's as well) were wrapped up nice and tidyly. I was thoroughly satisfied with the end of the book. It made the whole series work. I look forward to sharing these books with others.
Bronson Pinchot... who remembers Balki Bartokomous? I feel a little bad for Bronson that Balki is the role he's most remembered for... but his character acting is on superb display in this audio book. I've always had a way with reading stories aloud that engage people, but it's as if through this book Bronson has thrown down a gauntlet to me and anyone else who thinks they're good narrators. Well, Mr. Pinchot, I accept and I love this reading. The books are great... truly... and the performance is the best I've ever heard (and I love audio books). I will forever remember Bronson (now) as the guy who threw the gauntlet and narrated The Heroes Guides ... ... and as Balki. what can I say, Balki was part of my childhood.
These books took stories from my childhood, turned them on their ears and, making me laugh out loud, made them somehow better... mostly.
I'm a happy homeschool mama of 4 little kids ages 8 to 2 yrs.
This book is super clever in it's humor and yet still down to earth with thought provoking themes. My kids listen to this series probably more than any other, because it's so uplifting and fun!
This is the third book in the highly entertaining "Heros Guide" series. The success of this series -- at least the Audible version of it -- is not only down to Christopher Healy's great writing, but equally owing to the narration mastery of the multi-talented Bronson Pinchot. Book 3 is not as funny as Book 2, which is in turn not quite as amusing as Book 1, which is so often the case, alas. Whether this is due to the fact that Book 1 apparently boasted two authors, while the sequels had only one, or perhaps the fact that any sequel will be hard pressed to seem as fresh as the original, is anyone's guess. Also, there were a lot more characters in this story, which took the focus away from the "core 4". Additionally, it seems to me that Bronson Pinchot's game is slightly off sometimes, as if he hadn't prepared quite as well as he had on the others. Sometimes his rhythm seems off (like stressing the wrong part of a sentence), sometimes his voice or accent seems different from the first two books (which I've listened to numerous times, they are so good!). Also, I'm still bothered (as I mentioned in my review for the 2nd book) by the accent change for the character Ruffian, who started out with an Irish accent, but transitioned in books 2 and 3 to a sort of working class London accent. But hey, Pinchot was so perfect the first time around that it's hard to approach that level of perfection again. In any case, he delights with his proficient variety of accents and voices, so I still have to give him a "5", because he's still head and shoulders above most others. I did give the story-writing a "4" because the humor didn't reach the level of hilarity as the first one.
I've gotta say Gustav. I love his hilarious sarcasm and awkward avoidance of any sort of tenderness, even though he has a fondness for his comrades. Duncan and Snow are tied for 2nd place, with their goofy, removed-from-reality approach to life. And Lila's also sassy and fun.
The scene where a Genie grants a wish to each of the "League's" associates, and Snow White wishes for a sandwich. Classic!
When Gustav's heart gets broken. Awww, who knew it could happen?
Don't read book 3 without reading books 1 and 2, or you'll miss some context.
Obsessed with Terry Pratchett's Discworld and the TV show The Big Bang Theory. LOVE books, especially audiobooks.
This is a great idea for a book series. Even though the audience is clearly meant to be children, I really enjoyed the plot of each book. A huge added bonus is the fact that the female characters are often the real heroes of the story, both in unexpected, subtle ways, and in flat-out, pants-wearing, sword-wielding, kick-ass adventuring.
Bronson Pinchot did a remarkable job voicing the characters, especially considering how many there were. There were, however, 2 exceptions which nearly ruined the series for me. Snow White and Prince Duncan's voices were the most annoying thing I've ever experienced in an audiobook! It was such an over-the-top choice, and it nearly convinced me to quit the books several times. I understand they're supposed to be simple-minded and stupid to the point of idiocy, but Pinchot makes them sound like a caricature of burnt-out, spacey stoners, and it got really annoying really fast.
Other than that, however, I loved the series. I'd really like to see the idea spun into a more adult-level series, someday.
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