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.
"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)
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I very much enjoyed this book. Peter & Max is based off a comic series surround common fairy tale characters. In this world, fairy tale heroes like Peter Piper live in a peaceful community set apart from other more magical worlds. This story dives deep into Peter's past and his perhaps less known evil brother max. Other characters included are Bo Peep and the Wolf. These tales are based loosely after the fairy tales and are much darker. I am not a comic book fan, but I found Bill Willingham's to be a great writer and I was drawn in very quickly with his story. I hope he continues to make new books based off the comics.
Also, Wil Wheaton did a great job with his narration. I didn't notice anything negative to say about his performance and became very caught up with this story due to an excellent production all around.
I think Wil Wheaton did great, covering the nuances of male and female characters without being hokey.
I thought it was nice to know some of what happened to other characters after "Happily Ever After" ended.
I hope that they make more of these audible versions of the Fables comic books. Being one who doesn't read them, I would love to learn more about these versions of my beloved fairy tale characters.
Not going to write a deep review, just wanted to say: This is a pleasant fantasy involving magical, semi-immortal characters with a well-worn plot: someone turns evil and the feud extends through time. It's aimed at teenage listeners/readers but suitable for adults as there aren't any disparaging plot holes or intelligence-insulting aspects.
Mostly, Wil Wheaton is an excellent story teller with a great voice. Consider his other works. In the science fantasy genre I think the Scalzi books, like Fuzzy Nation, are more interesting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
I like Wil Wheaton's narrator style, but the story didn't hold my attention. I listened to about half, then wandered to another book. I forced myself to finish this book. The idea is intriguing, but the story is too long.
No, I don't think it was. The start was interesting and the end was great, but the middle was long and tedious.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Twisted Mother Goose fables for sure, this story is on the dark side. The story goes back and forth between times. The story starts off as Peter is older and has seen many tragedies and also when he was about 10, which is when all the bad things begins. Jealousy tears apart the Piper family. There are many familiar characters in the story that are house hold names, almost too many to keep track of. I was leery about Bo Peep, she was kinda a rag at first, but under the circumstances I probably would be too, she does get better. This story is geared towards adults, at first I thought it was a children's book, but while older kids would understand the book, it is for adults. It takes about an hour and a half before the story really gets interesting, that can also be said about the narrator. I almost didn't like his voice at first, but he does smooth out and gets better as the story goes along. 3.5 overall.
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