©2005 Michael Buckley; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
This is a cute idea and parts of the story were rather fun. But on the whole I got bored with it. I am sure this would appeal to younger children but unlike the Harry Potter or Bartimaeus books I did not find this appealing to adults. I had a hard time making myself listen to all of it.
Of the two children in the book, I found Sabrina rude and irritating and truly an unappealing character unlike her sister Daphne.
The reader was excellent and makes up for the sagging, lagging bits of the story. He really gave voice to the characters in the book.
Since these are based on popular fairy tales I am sure they will appeal to children. If you have children I would definitely give them a try.
All three of my kids listen during our commute to school. Ages 9, 11 and 13. They all loved the book.
The use of Fairy tales to inspire mystery will not only get you wanting to read the rest of Buckley's tales, but inspires (if not re-inpires) you to read the classic tales.
Okay, it's not Harry Potter, but it's enchanting in it's own way. The characters are well done, and the story is clever.
This is for kids but not so much for adults who enjoy the YA for straightforward storytelling, fun and sense of wonder.
The narration was fine but no one character wowed me.
There are a number of YA books I enjoy relaxing with (most recently Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts which is not currently at Audible but worth reading). Alas, The Fairy-Tale Detectives cute but not the sort of YA that worked for me but I think kids may like it.
Two sisters, orphaned after their parents disappeared one night, become experts in running away from abusive foster parents - until they end up adopted by their grandmother, a woman they had always been told had died, and brought to live in a town whose inhabitants are all fairy tale characters. There, they discover that some of the fairy tale characters are plotting to kill off their family and release them from an old spell which traps them in the town.
It's an interesting premise, although I found it to be derivative after reading the Fables comic series. They both look at fairy tale characters down on their luck in the real world, and both have Prince Charming as a mayor, both have the Big Bad Wolf as sheriff, and both have their magic artifacts locked away for safekeeping, and both have Jack as a rogue who wants to earn a fortune. There are big differences, though, and the Sisters Grimm is much more family friendly - although with moments that aren't appropriate for kids.
Overall, I didn't find any one thing to be particularly bad. The voice acting was fine, the characters were interesting, the plot was slow to start but then reasonably fast paced. However, nothing about it really excited me, either. It wasn't a bad read, but it just didn't click with me. I'm not sure I'm interested enough to pick up the sequel. Fables is a much better read, even though it's a comic.
Cute. Kid-Friendly, Clean
There were so many fairy tale characters interspersed with the Grimm family, it's hard to pick just one character! Mayor Charming was one of my least faves, but then again, I think he's written that way on purpose. :-)
Going into the mirror.
no, no one moment moved me, but it was refreshing to hear a story with no cursing, no vile behaviour and yet still be entertained thouroughly.
Nerdgirl who loves to read and listen during a nasty 2 hour daily commute. Mostly listen to intelligent stories to escape road rage - love s
The story was just okay for me. It didn't surprise me at all, the older child was pretty bratty and it was short. I got it during a 4.95 sale so for that amount it wasn't too bad. I was disappointed with most of it. I did like hearing about the food served by their grandmother and the magic mirror's storage area was interesting. Otherwise it was just meh.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
My 11 year old son would say it is one of his all time favorites. It didn't capture me quite the same way, but then again, I am not in the target demographic. There are a lot of books and series out now that attempt to retell classic fairy tales or set them in modern times or with modern characters. This is one of the better entries.
One of the things my son has particularly liked about this series is the way they are so interconnected, instead of being discrete episodes. The disadvantage is that he wants to rip through all of them back-to-back instead of interspersing with other books.
This book really deserves a higher rating but not for an adult Si-Fi or Fantasy novel. It is a children's book and should be listed/sold in that category. The author did a fair job of writing (maybe 3 or 4 stars) for kids ages 7-12 perhaps. The narration was also fair (probably would also rate 3 or 4 stars) for the type of material being read. It is unfortunate that this book was listed and sold as an adult book, because it really deserves a better rating if directed to the right audience!
Yes, from a different author.
Very disappointed… annoying waste of time for a "senior listener".
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