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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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    M. Holmes 07-21-14
    M. Holmes 07-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous narration!"
    If you could sum up The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom in three words, what would they be?

    Ridiculously funny!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The women are normal which is refreshing. All the princes have funny problems so it's hard to choose which one is the favorite.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really that kind of story.


    Any additional comments?

    We just laughed and laughed because it is such a silly book. Well worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 05-31-14
    Laura 05-31-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun story, excellent performance!"
    Would you listen to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom again? Why?

    Yes! The story was clever and engaging and Bronson Pinchot's voices were excellent. He really brought each character to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Brian 04-22-14
    Brian 04-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Worthy addition to the fractured fairy tale genre"
    What did you love best about The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom?

    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.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Bronson Pinchot's remarkable range of voices and variety of performances make this a particular delight.


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    Riley Rigby, ID, United States 03-01-14
    Riley Rigby, ID, United States 03-01-14
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    "Fairy tales with a compound fracture."
    What did you love best about The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom?

    Bronson Pinchot brings the characters to life, but Healy's sardonic commentary makes it easy to enjoy already.


    What other book might you compare The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom to and why?

    Not sure.


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

    Gustav. Love the quasi-Viking effect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Like the title of the review, Fairy tales with a compound fracture.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher AMES, IA, United States 06-06-13
    Christopher AMES, IA, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Light-Hearted Adventure!"

    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!

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    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 03-11-13
    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 03-11-13 Member Since 2002

    316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.

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    "Princess Bride Meets Monty Python"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gilma United States 02-12-13
    Gilma United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this story again. It was cleverly different... A refreshing comical twist on princess fairy tales that made you smile and giggle over and over again. Bronson Pinchot's performance was amazing and one of his best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all memorable, mostly due to the great performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen... You won't regret the purchase.

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    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men

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    "Not what I expected!"

    So, It's not often that I say this, but this was not what I expected. Healy and Harris do an amazing job bringing us the story of the "Princes Charming" and thier work saving the kingdom. They also gave us more of an insider track to the ages old "Happily Ever After". If you are a fan of fantasy, fairy tales, or just like a good laugh, you need to listen to Bronson Pinchot narrate this story.

    That's something else that surprised me. Bronson Pinchot. Perfect Strangers. And here is he doing an amazing cast of characters with absolutely no trace of Balki! I loved it!

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    Lannita SunShine State 01-01-13
    Lannita SunShine State 01-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.

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    "Nice lighthearted read."

    This was a nice twist on the "fairy tales" most of us have grown up knowing and loving. Please do not mistake this book as only to be enjoyed by a YA / children audience ...If you are open to a silly little fairy tale romp this book is for you.

    Bronson Pinchot is an excellent narrator...I first listened to him in the "Grimnoir Chronicles" books by Larry Correia and was enthralled by his diversity with voices...he does not disappoint in this instant either.

    I would recommend this book for a light read...it is a nice follow up to a more emotionally taxing story.

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    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 12-26-12
    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!

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    "Prince Charming is not your ordinary hero."
    If you could sum up The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious Heroically Challenged


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 4 Princes who kept me enthralled.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    What's NOT to love about Mr. Pinchot's performance?!? His voices and narration kept me laughing out loud in some of the most inappropriate listening areas.


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

    The ending when the Princes visited Rapunzel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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