©2005 Michael Buckley; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
Listening to this was not the best use of 6+ hours, but I was moderately interested most of the way through. Even though transplanting fairty-tale characters into a remote corner of modern America sounds like a recipe for great creativity, it seemed, instead, to be immensely predictable. There was nothing offered to enrich any of the characters, they just seemed to robotocically perform for a modern adventure of sorts. I like few things better than really beautiful and/or creative children's literature, and I felt this offered neither quality. At the same time, the adventure moved along at a nice pace and kept me somewhat involved.
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.
Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.
I purchased this book on a whim, and as I listened to the first hour I realized that I thought my daughter might like it as well. SO I started over with her in the car, and wow was I correct. My daughter (5y) LOVED this book. Every time we got in the car she demanded that we listen to it. I myself found it very enjoyable as well. The plot/storyline is light and innocent and the "monsters" (for lack of a better term) are not too scary or loathsome, in fact they tend more to the comical than anything else. The world of Fairyport Landing (or is it Ferryport Landing?) is interesting. It is kind of a like a lighter, less gruesome version of ABC's "Once Upon a Time???s" Town of Storybrooke. It is fun to hear how some of our favorite fairy tale characters cope with life in Modern America, I actually laughed at Jack's (from Jack in the Beanstalk) day job.
Overall I would highly recommend this novel to those of you who are looking for something to listen to with young children, especially daughters.
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.
NO. He appears to love ugliness and baseness.
There is a tendency in recent years, a distasteful one, in my opinion, for authors to turn beloved stories on their heads and make villains out of heroes. For example, in Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, the Wicked Witch is turned into a freedom fighter for the "oppressed" animals of Oz. In Sondheim's Into the Woods, the fairytale princes are egotistical boobs
This goes double for Michael Buckley's The Fairy-Tale Detectives. The setting is an American town that has become an accidental prison for all literary and fairytale creatures, from Kipling's Bagheera to Baum's Glinda the (no longer) Good. Nearly every adult is self-centered, vicious, greedy, untrustworthy, mean and just generally vile. Even the older sister is way more proud of her street-smarts than is justified. The ditsy grandmother causes her own near-demise by not explaining anything to her emotionally damaged, distrusting granddaughters. (That would have, of course, totally changed the story, hopefully for the better.)
I hate to see an author creating plot by making all of the characters emotionally stupid. Contrast this "plot" device to Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series where the girl is often mistaken or stubborn but learns from her mistakes, shoulders responsibility, and the plots are both funny and deep. Or Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic stories, where the damaged children learn both to be independent and interconnected. There are lots of good stories for children out there. This is not one of them.
Unless rooting for the bad guy and laughing at pain and stupidity is your cup of tea, give this book a miss
The story is outrageous and yet Mr. Buckley leads us happily throughout picturing every detail. The characterization is good and you cheer or groan to their reactions in the dizzying situations they encounter.
I've yet to read a 'children's' series I love more than Harry Potter, though The Sisters Grimm deserves a solid second place. Buckley has done a wonderful job reinventing characters and their stories we all know and loved as children. A must-read for everyone who has a special place in our hearts for platform nine and three quarters.
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