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Peter & Max: A Fables Novel | [Bill Willingham]

Peter & Max: A Fables Novel

When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother Max encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.
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Publisher's Summary

When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother, Max, encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably.

Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music, and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

Writer Bill Willingham deftly weaves a story of adventure and dark fantasy that will keep listeners riveted until the final, fateful last words.

Fans of the ongoing Fables series will uncover the secret histories of some of their favorite characters, including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep to name a few.

©2009 Bill Willingham; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Though it toys with notions of mythology and its origins, this work still keeps true to the spirit of the Brothers Grimm: dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Robert Long Valley, New Jersey, United States 05-11-12
    Robert Long Valley, New Jersey, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "An Interesting Diversion"

    It wasn't the best thing I've ever listen to, but I enjoyed it. It is a very quick listen and if you are in between epic series or looking for something quick just to clean the fiction palette, then this is an excellent choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-29-11
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Only one problem with this"

    Love the story, love the reader. The only problem is that if your listening to this on speakers or over the computer the reader gets so quiet at times that you can't hear him. Better on headphones or on car speakers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-22-11
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-22-11 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "A good twist on the Pied Piper of Hamlin"

    Bill Willingham has gained fame for his Fables comics. By taking the mythologies, stories and legends of the world, mixing the characters together and giving them an American colonist feel, he has become the master of twisting innocent well loved children's tales into intrigue, suspense and new fun. (His previous attempts at writing comics, in my opinion, lead to a miserable outcome.) In this novel he tells the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. He not only places the Pied Piper of Hamlin in his created Fable universe, he twists the story in such a way, that you want to say "No way!" Yet, certain parts of the story is a bit predictable. Although you might not need read the Fables comics series, I would strongly recommend it. It just brings the Piper more to life. The story is an excellent listen while on the road. Wil Wheaton reads the book in such a way that you don't wander off frequently and Bill Willingham writes it in such a way that you can easily pick up the thread should you also get lost in the Great Dark Forest.

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    Mark Boyertown, PA, United States 09-22-11
    Mark Boyertown, PA, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great new world of fantasy."

    I loved the world. created by Bill. I enjoyed how the he wove all the fairytalls into a history of other worlds. I hope he writes move tales of "Fable"

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    Peter East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States 07-19-11
    Peter East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "It was cute."

    Overall, it was a pleasant listen, Wil Wheaton still ranking amongst my favorite narrators for his ability to really make a battle /feel/ epic, a chase to /feel/ rushed and a reprieve to feel restful. Max and Peter foil each other wonderfully as the book progresses and Bo Peep does a great job at losing the whole "damsel in distress" mantle. My only complaint would be the ending. Not that it ended too soon, it just had an incredibly long build-up followed by a solution that left me with a feeling of "...that's it?". But, don't let that discourage you, it's a great audiobook for all ages, and I recommend it.

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    James Auckland, New Zealand 03-08-13
    James Auckland, New Zealand 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story"

    This was a great story that has made me more interested in the Fables comics. Nice to see great stories going cross platform

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    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 08-17-12
    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men

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    "Great story...Sudden ending"

    I enjoyed Bill Willingham's story and Wil Wheaton was the best choice for a narrator. If there are more stories in the series, I will listen to them. My one complaint is that in an 8 hr listening experience, the climax was only 20 minutes from the end and this did not leave time for a satisfactory resolution for my ears. Willingham is a graphic novel writer as well, and this short resolution is appropriate in that setting, but in the novel setting, it felt to abrupt. I hope to hear more from this author and hope that he grows as he writes more.

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    Jeff Marsh 08-10-12
    Jeff Marsh 08-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Peter & Max the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter & Max?

    The end. It was quick and to the point.


    What about Wil Wheaton???s performance did you like?

    He acted it well, but not over the top. I actually am really liking his narrations.


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

    No, I listen to books while I commute, so I am limited to listening for about an hour a day.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book. I originally downloaded this because of Will Wheaton. I had just finished another SCI-FI book he read and liked his style. So, I looked for more. I don't usually go in for the magical-fantasy genre, but decided to try something new. This was fun, at times it seemed to get a little ridiculous, but for the most part, I thought it was pretty solid. Worth a credit for sure.

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    Trevor Stasik 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant Story / Great Performance"
    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story by Bill Willingham was a creative and haunting story about Peter from Peter and the Wolf battling his brother in this world and in the world of The Fables. I was absolutely drawn in. I also adored Wil Wheaton's performance. He infused the story with his own breed of humor and breathed life into the tale. It felt almost like an extended campfire story. I highly recommend this book, especially in Audible audio format.


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    B. Blass 05-13-12
    B. Blass 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, bad writing"
    What disappointed you about Peter & Max?

    The story was good but I found myself almost rooting for the author to articulate himself better. The writing was bad enough that it actually distracted me from the story, to the point I almost gave up on listening to it. He often used expositional crutches like saying"so and so's face looked both angry and confused." instead of finding a way to get that across without literally stating it. The ending was both climatic and satisfying without feeling forced (brought together plot lines that had been woven through the book) and I was ultimately glad I listened to the whole thing.


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