©2005 Michael Buckley; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I liked this story. It is not a re-telling of fairy tales with different endings, but a story of how the fairy tale creatures are alive and living in a modern day time. Of course fairy tale creatures would have to deal with many things, and we certainly see the other side of their personalities. Not a deep drama, but a light hearted mystery with a different perspective.
If you like Roald Dahl books then you should like this one as well.
A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.
This isn't a book, I'd normally download and listen to, but the kids were growing troubled by listening to Dante's Inferno on the way to school. 9 and 11-year olds can be so damn fickle. Once we got to the 7th circle of Hell my kids (both OK with heresy but not OK with violence) were ready to bail on me, Virgil and Dante.
So, finding myself now lost with my kids (and without an audiobook to distract me from their constant questions about truth and beauty) while driving through the woods, I decided to download the Sisters Grimm. Definitely more my kids' speed.
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 have enjoyed all of The Sister Grimm books. I am so excited for this audio series because we have FINALLY found a series my 8 year old son wants to listen to! We have tried many books including Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and The Spiderwick Chronicles and while I have enjoyed reading and listening to each one of them, my son has complained every time we start an audiobook. I am so happy that we found a series that an uninterested reader/listener is ASKING for. This series is wonderfully written and beautifully narrated. It is a must have for our family road trips!
At first I was somewhat critical as the story sounded like a blend of Harry Potter and the Unfortunate Events series, but as the story progressed I quickly came to realise that The Sisters Grimm is a great novel in its own right. I am planning to use this story in my classroom as I believe my 11year old students, both boys and girls, will love the plot and the characters.
What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.
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.
All three of my kids listen during our commute to school. Ages 9, 11 and 13. They all loved the book.
and so did I. It was a great listen. My daughter doesn't usually like books narrated by a man, but she enjoyed this one. It is a fun premise, and a well written story.
I'm always trying to find something that my 7 and 10 year old can listen to together and this one fit the bill. It was easy enough for the 7 year old to follow (and not too scary) and had enough to keep the 10 year old engaged (she liked trying to figure out which Fairy Tale character the characters in this story were).
My grandchildren and I have been listening to this book and having a wonderful time. They laugh out loud several times a night. We can't wait to get to the rest of the series. I highly recommend it.
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