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
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.
The women are normal which is refreshing. All the princes have funny problems so it's hard to choose which one is the favorite.
His voices are so funny and engaging. This is probably the best audiobook I've listened to. His voices ranged from uppercrust British royalty to cockney, Austrian or German, women, witches, children and more!
It was awesome! My kids had a choice between listening to his and watching a movie and they chose this.
Not really that kind of story.
We just laughed and laughed because it is such a silly book. Well worth the price.
Yes! The story was clever and engaging and Bronson Pinchot's voices were excellent. He really brought each character to life.
There were so many terrific scenes it is hard to choose one - Duncan's story and all of his lucky breaks were hilarious, the bar scene, Briar Rose's story, the run-in with the trolls, and when Liam tricks the giant were all fabulously done.
I listened to this on a long car ride with my 9yo and 15yo daughters. We ALL enjoyed it and were chuckling throughout the entire story. We are hoping for a sequel. Highly recommended!
I got this book after meeting the author and doing a brief workshop with him at a Barnes and Noble. His ideas were so fresh and funny, I knew I had to get the book, and I love it. He takes the familiar stories and twists them in just the right way, so we get hilarious adventure while avoiding the "easy jokes" everyone makes about these stories. A great mix of depictions of masculinity and femininity and a wide range of cultures make this a book everyone can relate to and feel accepted in.
Bronson Pinchot's remarkable range of voices and variety of performances make this a particular delight.
Bronson Pinchot brings the characters to life, but Healy's sardonic commentary makes it easy to enjoy already.
Gustav. Love the quasi-Viking effect.
Like the title of the review, Fairy tales with a compound fracture.
Can't wait for the next one!
This was a fun listen. I was a little tired of some of the heavier books I was listening to and just wanted something that was fun and funny. This book fit that bill perfectly. I would love this to turn into a series. More PLEASE!
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
Other reviewers have compared this book & narrator to the Princess Bride. I think it's a brilliant and very apt comparison. But, I think one more needs to be added — the narrator has a definite Monty Python feel.
Between the laugh-a-minute story, the humorously flawed yet oh-so-lovable characters, and the narrator's expert delivery of all the various characters (love the Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque delivery the most), I felt like crying when this book was done and I realized there was not yet a sequel available.
PLEASE CHRISTOPHER & BRONSON - Get to work! We need another and fast!
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