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)
I love the Fables comics by Willingham, but I wasn't so fond of his novel style here.
As for Wil, his narration is pretty much guarantees I'll purchase it on sight.
I always, always love Wil performances.
Go and reread Fables Vol 1-3.
Its easy to see how this book originated from a comic form. The characters are cardboard cut outs and the dialogue is cartoonish.
The story itself is simplestic and the ending is abrupt and very underwhelming.
However, for all its faults the book wasn't that bad except for the fact that Wil Wheaton insisted in narrating the book as if he was reading to a 5 year old. Ok, I know this is based on a fable, but the book is definitely for adults and the narrators reading style was not suited at all. Added to that was his tendency to let his voice fade away at the end of sentences, making hearing what was saying quite difficult.
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.
Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men
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.
The end. It was quick and to the point.
He acted it well, but not over the top. I actually am really liking his narrations.
No, I listen to books while I commute, so I am limited to listening for about an hour a day.
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.
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.
Loved this one. I'd never heard of the comic before I downloaded it, so I came into this world as a newbie. And it was fine. I'm sure there were back stories and character traits I missed for not knowing all about the Fables world, but honestly, it didn't matter. This was a good stand-alone story. The story is a mix between the past and present, both from the points of view of Peter Piper and his evil brother, Max. It all builds up to a climactic battle between the brothers, both of whom have told their stories well enough to see where their powers lie. It's a satisfying book which, as I said, stands alone, but it also makes you want to read all of the comics. Or at least that's what it did to me. I listened to the audio version, and Wil Wheaton narrated the book. He did an excellent job, and the characters jumped out of the story with his voice talents. If you enjoy retelling and updating of fairy tales, or you simply enjoy good fantasy stories, pick this one up.
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book but since I love fantasy and fairy tales always intrigue me I thought I would take a change. I loved the way the author wove the stories I remembered from my childhood together to create an almost believeable historical figure. I loved the story and was sad when it ended. I look forward to more from this author. Will Wheaton does a fine job as the reader. His smooth delivery was satin to the ears.
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