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
This book is enchanting and the performance by Bronson Pinchot is absolutely delightful. Really, get this book just for the performance only and it'll be well worth it.
The story takes the mostly neglected male lead characters from popular fairy tales who happened to be at the right time at the right place - so to speak - and concocts tale full of adventure, daring, some magic and even luck. The humor, which is abundant throughout the book, is enjoyable and appropriate for both adults and children. So if you're looking for an entertaining book to keep the kids engaged, this is a great choice. On the other hand if you're looking for a light hearted fun listening for yourself with a happy ending, this is a great pick there too.
I was completely captivated by the first chapters of this book, the idea was so brilliant, rethinking the fairytales we all know so dearly and giving each of the charmings' personal characteristics. And I loved the different voices for the characters (some a lot more then others) and I adored the charmings personalities. I even got to understand the villain's actions. But the story begins so good, and the ending left me kind of flat. It confused me and left things unresolved, maybe because there are more then one book or maybe because I listen to it too fast or maybe because there was just to many people to keep track of in the end. I really did enjoy it, so it was worth the credit, I just wished it ended differently.
Absolutely love a reader that performs the actual characters of the book. It gives it a movie feel without having the visual.
Great performance by Bronson Pinchot.
Planning on listening to more of Healy's novels because of him.
Super cute story that is beautifully read. I feel like if I would've just read the book it would've been a solid three but hearing it on audible give it a solid four.
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.
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.
The performance of all the characters was excellent!
The concept is really great. I think kids would enjoy a follow up book at maybe a slower pace.
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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