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The Fairy Godmother Audiobook

The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting new novel.

In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale....

Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land.

But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale. In fact, one of them was so ornery that Elena could do nothing but change him into a donkey.

Still, her practical nature couldn't let him roam the country, so she brought the donkey - er, the prince! - home to her cottage to teach him some lessons. All the while keeping in mind that breaking with tradition can land everyone into a kettle of fish - sometimes literally!

And so begins a whole new tale....

©2004 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    S Jones 05-30-14
    S Jones 05-30-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Cute and fun to listen to"

    While parts of the writing may seem to be a bit 'young adult' there a few steamy parts that I would not want my teen nieces to hear - but nothing too x rated. An all round fun read.
    The narrator was easy to listen to and the Cinderella theme was not too overbearing.

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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 05-16-14
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Very cute"

    This was a very cute twist on a Cinderella fairy tale. I really enjoyed this.

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    Lydia 03-05-14
    Lydia 03-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Made me realize I'm not a Lackey fan"
    Where does The Fairy Godmother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second lowest after Divergent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ABC's Once Upon a Time with no evil characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because I remember enjoying Lackey as a teenager, but listening to The Fairy Godmother made me realize I'm no longer a Lackey fan. The story is a bit too predictable and the characters have little depth-- no one is particularly likable. It was particularly disappointing that there was so much that Lackey could've played with or manipulated from the rich fairy traditions, but alas, there's shamefully little imaginative transformations. This may be a unfair/harsh assessment though, because I'd just finished the Mistborn trilogy before starting this one, and eating crackers after a gourmet meal is just not that appetizing.

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    alice 02-17-14
    alice 02-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "What a find in the First in Series Sale!"

    Enchanting, Entertaining, Everything a fairytale should be.
    Gabra Zackman read it to me as fairytales should be read.
    I can't wait for her to read the next one to me.

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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 01-08-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 01-08-14

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    "cute but could use a little heat"

    this was a sweet story and i enjoyed it. it seems the rest of the series follows one off characters and i'm intrigued. i could have used more romance between the 2 leads.

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    Jacqueline PITTSFORD, NY, United States 01-04-14
    Jacqueline PITTSFORD, NY, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    Would you try another book from Mercedes Lackey and/or Gabra Zackman?

    I will definitely try another Mercedes Lackey book. This was a light, very enjoyable read.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the way the author brought a twist to the old Cinderella tale and interwove other fairy tale characters into the story. It was quite fun to suddenly see a connection to another story I've known all my life. Very creative and Gabra Zachman did a great job on the voices.

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    Siobhan Dayton, OH, United States 01-02-14
    Siobhan Dayton, OH, United States 01-02-14
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    "Totally Unexpected"
    What did you love best about The Fairy Godmother?

    I decided to give this book a shot on one of the discount book sales. Had no expectations but this one was a pleasant surprise. It took a while to get into, but it was a very clever twist on some old fairy tales. I enjoyed how many familiar fairy tales are woven into this story. Thoroughly enjoyed the moral lessons taught to the middle son and how it was done. Loved her trusty steed, and the cast of house characters. If you are looking for a unique fairy tale, give this one a shot!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the house elf Rose, and the trusty steed that pulled the Fairy Godmother's wagon. Oh, and the Mirror...just classic!


    What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s performance?

    Wonderful accents, great energy, kept me up way too late on many nights listening.


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    Sallie 01-02-14
    Sallie 01-02-14
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    "Cute Story"

    This was better than I expected! I have found a new series to listen to. My one complaint is the unnecessary, explicit romantic moments. This would be a cute story for the YA readers if only it didn't have the "R" rating. The story however was light, fun, and creative. "Cinder" is a cute, clean book with the Cinderella style.
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    The test of the 3 brothers and the outcome of each.
    The very last chapter with the accountability of the "evil step-mother and sisters."
    The unique twist telling the role of a Fairy Godmother.
    The Unicorns, Brownies, and other Fae creatures.
    I liked the narrator.

    I am anxious to immediately start reading the next book.

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    Angela 12-22-13
    Angela 12-22-13
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    "Very entertaining fantasy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fairy Godmother to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. I got this audio in an on sale offer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fairy Godmother?

    The whole twist from the original "Cinderella" story.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    The Prince charming character was well done in that it was a totally masculine view to the plot,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The point in the story when she knew that the"fairy godmother" was real and she would no longer be in servitude. The angst,loneliness, fortitude and hope of this charcacter carried the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fresh perspective to an old story. I truly enjoyed every aspect, Well done from beginning to end without getting so far from the fable that it isn't recognizable. Looking forward to Part 2.So refreshing not to deal with all the overt sex scenes and vulgar language that have infiltrated the written word.Thanks.

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    Gina 12-09-13
    Gina 12-09-13
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    "Too much romance for me."

    This book is fine if you prefer a book that really is a romance novel. But if, like me, you like the romance to be secondary to the plot, then you may find this is just too fluffy.

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