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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom | [Christopher Healy, Todd Harris]

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.
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Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

Debut author Christopher Healy takes us on a journey with four imperfect princes and their four improbable princesses, all of whom are trying to become perfect heroes - a fast-paced, funny, and fresh introduction to a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.

©2012 Christopher Healy (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Liza 01-06-14
    Liza 01-06-14
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kehrin 11-11-13
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    Would you listen to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom again? Why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    We chuckled quite a bit. And there were a few times when we were practically rolling on the floor laughing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Wells 04-07-13
    S. Wells 04-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The PRINCE Bride!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oviedo, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Amazon Customer Oviedo, FL, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful romp elevated by excellent narration"

    "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.

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    "Cute but confusing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The action unfolded too quickly, with too many voice changes.. I would have liked more narration in between scene changes. By the time I figured out who was who, the narrator was on to the next scene or adventure or character or something.


    Would you recommend The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom to your friends? Why or why not?

    Though it was confusing some, it kept my 8 yo entertained during much of our 8 hour trip. Not sure it he was actually following, but he asked for it each time we got going again after a stop.


    Did Bronson Pinchot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The performance of all the characters was excellent!


    Do you think The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The concept is really great. I think kids would enjoy a follow up book at maybe a slower pace.


    Any additional comments?

    Cute and entertaining. My little liked it. It was just too many character changes and too much action to deal with while driving 8 hr. However, it did help take my mind off the long, boring drive.

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    Jess 04-08-15
    Jess 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and clever!"

    I adored the narrators character voices. I laughed out loud many times! Great play off the classic fairy tales. Clever and a joy to listen to! This will be my go-to road trip audio book!

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    Julie 03-22-15
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    We were sad to let it go! Great story for all ages. Bronson is the best narrator hands down, rocks

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    "Fun for all ages"

    This is a bit like Into the Woods, showing you what happens behind or after the "happily ever after" of fairy tales. Bronson Pinchot's narration is what really makes it special and adds to the humor.

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    Deja 01-14-15
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    "Surprisingly light hearted and funny"

    I found this book quite comical . It had a great storyline. The narrator did a great job ! This is a book you could listen to in the car with people of all ages !!

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    Angela 01-09-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a mom of 3, wife, school bus driver. I love suspense, mystery, paranormal, dystopian, religious fiction and non-fiction. I love series

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    "A good story for the whole family."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom to be better than the print version?

    No. Bronson Pinchot brings life to the characters that only he can!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bronson


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    I am horrible with names, but the Prince of Stermhagen, not sure on the spelling. The small man syndrome, show no emotion, never give up guy that eventually showed his soft side, briefly.


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