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
I downloaded this book for a car trip with our 9 and 6 year olds. The story was very engaging- they even put down their Nintendo DS's in favor of listening to the book! The review I read indicated it was for 6-11 year olds; not happy about the word 'bastardized' in the first few chapters (luckily it went over their heads). My only other negative is that the narrator did not always annunciate well, so although it was a usual speech pattern that we hear, it was sometimes hard to understand.
I Seriously LOVE this book! It was well written, it brought back to life the fairy tale characters I grew up with. I loved the back stories to many of the characters, as well as the new characters added. I wish this were a book when I was younger. I am 22 and still appreciated this book. It was a treat to read, I was sucked right in. I had it on my iphone so I listened to it where ever I went.
There are so many, where to begin? Well for once it made me laugh. I loved the part where Conner thought that Alex was going insane. I also liked Goldilocks's character.
This is his first, and it was done spectacularly! His vocal range is amazing allowing him to voice the male and female characters quite well. His "classic" accent was just adorable.
YES! Absolutely! I couldn't because it was 9hours. But that didn't stop me from trying.
I loved this book! It brought back memories of fairytales I've listened to when I was a little girl. I'd recommend this to anyone. All ages.
I really, REALLY want to love this book ... but, I just can't ... yet!
The creative story line is fabulous! The repetitive use of words, isn't.
On occasion, a passage with repeated words adds to a scene. Over use of such passages simply irritates. (This isn't from the book, but something akin to the kind of thing I mention: "he sat up and found himself in complete darkness. she also found herself in darkness. they couldn't see anything in the darkness. how would they find the path in this darkness? they couldn't see each other in the darkness. all around them was darkness. even shadows went unseen, blending fully into the darkness."
I generally LOVE when an author reads their own book. And this author does a great job at character voices. However, I found it feels like speed reading at times; almost tripping over words.
I could not wish more that this was a pre-screen of the book before editing ... so I could look forward to hearing the "final version."
Haven't yet had a chance to read the print version, but the audio book was so compelling, we're buying a copy soon.
The story was well told and not at all "dumbed down" for the kids.
He performs each character differently which makes it much easier for the kids (and grown ups) to keep track of who is speaking. He is a fabulous storyteller.
We listened to much of this audio book in the car on a long trip. It kept my highly energetic kids (7 and 11) quiet and riveted for nearly 10 hours!
I'm a mother, a teacher and terribly dyslexic. I spend a lot of my time listening to podcast, or audiobooks whilst doing other boring tasks.
Yes, I believe it is as you gain insight into how he envisage this world. When you listen to this author telling the story it is quite clear that it means a great deal to him. He uses different voices for each character, which is just how a fairy tale should be read. The book is aimed at 8 and above so for children who may struggle, as I did as a child, to read by themselves the audio version is the perfect companion to the written text.
The emotions felt by each and every character leave a lasting impression. The way the story reminds us that each and every one of us has a story of how we are who we are today. Also he has obviously thought a lot about this fairy tale land and has included details that make you feel like you know the place too.
The different voices, intonation and stresses he gives to the words clearly gives you a better idea, and feeling, for what is really happening in the story. You are able to form a first impression quickly, just like you do in real life, with greater ease than if you read it yourself.
The beginning of the book made me cry, really cry. The empathy for the children was built quickly as you felt you knew them. I also laughed at the on going sarcasm of the young boy in the story.
This story is magical and I strongly recommend it. You may not want to read it to younger than 8 as its plot may be a little over the heads of most 7 year olds (causing them to be continually asking you questions..which can be good but also annoying!). I'm quite sure my 5 year old would be rather scared by some parts and very sadden by others. Other people may also not want there under 8s to hear slightly "bad" language (depending on your definition of bad, crap is said once I think) so really it's far from offensive.It has also made me go back and read the original fairy tales, I read as a little girl, to my daughter.. Not all of them as she's a scardy cat! Hope you enjoy the book, I did and I'm way outside its intended age bracket, then again I was with Harry Potter too!
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.
I have fallen in love all over again with reading. Only now I do it with my ears instead of my eyes!
I'm 7 years old and I loved this audio story. My favorite part was when Goldilocks saved Alex and Connor.
Yes; but better in print.
SUCH a clever story; it was wonderful to take a trip into FairyTale land (Land of Stories)!
Someone who knows, for instance that the word "FRUSTRATION" has 2 r's. Someone who knows that, when a person has an accent, say, a British accent, he or she has it all the time, and for all words, sentences, and paragraphs of speech he or she utters. Someone who would've known to inject Alex, the main character, with some (or, a) personality.
A wonderful book, seriously marred by yet another author imagining that she must certainly be the best person to read the story she has written. Too bad.
I would listen to "The Land of Stories" again because it is the most entertaining, adventurous, and magical tale of any that I have listened to since joining Audible (and maybe even of any that I have read on my own). Sometimes you just need a lovely story to lift your spirit. I laughed, felt empathy for the characters - both villains and heroes alike, and rejoiced when the feel-good ending I anticipated could finally come true. This story fulfills a bunch of requirements for me, wrapped up into one fantastic book. That's why it's an instant classic and favorite for me, and I am eagerly expecting a sequel! Thank you Chris Colfer!
SPOILER! When Alex and Conner Bailey start to realize that their father had a special connection to The Land of Stories, it seems to empower them by giving them a deeper sense of self-worth as well as the hopeful feeling that their father's legacy is continuing even after his death. I felt a unique connection to this story because I read it after doing a lot of family history research and realizing the amazing family that I have come from (almost like getting to know them after they're long gone). My own awareness of my family's character and achievements has made me feel like a stronger person just as I'm sure Alex and Conner would have felt after learning of their father's family history, so that part of the story gave me a lovely and heart-felt personal connection to savor.
While I'll agree with other readers that this story contains a lot of tales that have already been told, I can't agree that this story is old in and of itself. I really appreciate the way Colfer incorporated the familiar stories and characters with a completely new take on those characters' perspectives, motives, and their current day existence in another dimension. He adds to the complexities of the old stories by further developing them in surprising ways. I'm not a particularly big fan of fairytales, but I wanted to read this book because I'm a fan of Chris Colfer's acting in Glee and I'm also an elementary school educator, so I was naturally curious about the book on different levels. Not only was I pleasantly surprised that Colfer's first book was so completely entertaining (especially the Audible listen - so fun) and thoughtful (there are some really inspiring quotes in this story), I think a large range of kids will enjoy this story as well. It is amusing to have a more modern perspective from the Bailey twins on the fairy tales we already know. If you're looking for a fun, feel-good listen then this could be it!
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