©2005 Michael Buckley; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
The narration by L.J. Ganser was fine. A few clever surprises and characterizations were fun, but the heroines couldn't keep up. I'd like to make allowances for the young Sisters Grimm--they've had a hard life, what with being orphans and surviving a series of rotten foster families, and they're YOUNG, but at some point--at least, if this were a real Grimm's tale--they would stop griping and bickering and get down to business. I've enjoyed many YA fantasies and quite a few for younger readers, but maybe I'm too old for this one. Particularly annoying: the author's tendency to regularize all irregular verbs, and to insert definitions of long or unusual words into character conversations. That's what dictionaries (or even Kindle word look-ups) are for. Allow children to be enterprising. My advice: read the original Grimm tales.
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.
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.
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.
I tend to like coming-of-age YA stories, so I gave this one a try. It's cute, but the story wasn't complex. It's a good introduction to mysteries and fantasy genres. The audio format was perfect. The way sentences were written and how visually things were described lends itself well to being read out loud.
The target audience is much younger than I expected. The plot and dialog were very predictable. Take the "Once Upon a Time" television series and rewrite it as an episode to appear on a Disney Kids show, and you'd have a good idea of how this book flows.
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