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)
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.
Yes, Once you Catch on to the Back and Forth scenes which upon first listen did throw me off, you start imagining this whole new take on the original childrens stories, This was my first listen to this Author and look forward to his earlier entries in to this world.
Peter's hardships after the family gets lost in the black forest, soon to become a Master of the touch.
The retro-introduction of Bo,
Return to the stories you once thought you knew.
I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.
So many new versions of old stories exist today, but this one is actually good. It feels like an original and creative idea.
I almost missed the Fables comic/graphic novel series, because I wasn't that impressed with the very first story. In retrospect I blame the artist, feeling he didn't quite capture the detail necessary for the "who dunnit" story. After that though I was hooked hard. Peter & Max is a good story on its own even if you aren't familiar with the Fables series. The bit where it explains the Fables backstory does feel slightly out of place. Actually, it feels like exactly what it is, an aside to explain the back story.
The story itself is solid and well told and I highly recommend it. It has a pretty solid pace all the way through and was a great listen. Wil Wheaton's narration is solid.
Just an avid reader
Bought this book on a whim. Was looking for something to listen to commuting and while doing computer work. Enjoyed it immensely. Imaginative story, good narrator. Recommend it.
This was a great book, but I think it would have been better to read it than listen to Will Wheaton. His accents are terrible and the voices he gives to the characters are so silly and distracting.
You could have a 15 year old write a better story/prose/etc. than this. I can't believe someone published/recorded this. Complete waste of money.
There are so many great books that aren't included in audio format and it seems like so much trash is recorded and placed for sale on this site. In the great world of literature and interesting pulp why does Audible offer up such a variety of PLUNK?
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