Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
©2012 Chris Colfer (P)2012 Hachette Audio
A different narrator. Chris Colfer should not be reading his own story. As a matter of fact, he should not be writing this story. The Land of Stories is overrun with simple statements, cliches, and similes to the point that I had to stop listening to it.
The action does not even begin until Chapter 5. I was continually rolling my eyes as I listened along to this terribly written story. There are much better children's book authors out there to listen to than waste time on this.
He read the book as if it was the first time he had ever seen the words. I was stunned to learn that he was an actor.
The plot idea was a good one. This audio book needed an author with talent and a background in writing. Simple sentences and similes do not a good book make.
The longer I listened to the story, the more I disliked it and the author. Stopped at Chapter 13. I just could not tolerate a minute more of Chris Colfer reading in a See Jane Run style of sentences.
I loved the twist on the fairy tale stories. I will definitely be buying the next book in this series! The author does a great job of switching his voice for the different characters and I have to say this book was amazing at lighting my imagination on fire and taking me away from the stress of everyday life!
I rolled my eyes more than once at the cheesiness of the story, but my kids (boy, 7, girl 9, boy 10) loved it.
I love this so much. really enjoyed listening to the story. the performance was on point in my opinion. I could see everything that was happening. I give this book a 5 stars out of five stars.
The plot is compelling, which is why my kids seem to love it. However, as a more discerning adult listener, I feel that some of the writing is quite contrived and the narration detracts from the story rather than enhancing it. (And yes, I recognize tongue-in-cheek and this is not it.) We just finished listening to another VERY popular series with an exquisite narrator and moving from that one to this leaves me feeling ill during certain parts. I would guardedly recommend this for family listening only because my kids are completely enamored. However, any adults listening in - be prepared...
"Can I call you butter boy?"
Yes, it would probably make a great movie/series. One of the Hemsworth brothers would be great (Jack or a Charming brother). I don't know younger actors/actresses now so probably a new discovery would be best for the lead characters.
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