The essential story is interesting, but the composition is inconsistent, elementary, and flat. I actually looked up the author to see if he was in middle school because the quality of the writing is at that level. Also, his narration was quite unpleasant, just barely not-bad enough for me to allow the recording to continue to be played in my hearing.
Yes; but better in print.
SUCH a clever story; it was wonderful to take a trip into FairyTale land (Land of Stories)!
Someone who knows, for instance that the word "FRUSTRATION" has 2 r's. Someone who knows that, when a person has an accent, say, a British accent, he or she has it all the time, and for all words, sentences, and paragraphs of speech he or she utters. Someone who would've known to inject Alex, the main character, with some (or, a) personality.
A wonderful book, seriously marred by yet another author imagining that she must certainly be the best person to read the story she has written. Too bad.
I would listen to "The Land of Stories" again because it is the most entertaining, adventurous, and magical tale of any that I have listened to since joining Audible (and maybe even of any that I have read on my own). Sometimes you just need a lovely story to lift your spirit. I laughed, felt empathy for the characters - both villains and heroes alike, and rejoiced when the feel-good ending I anticipated could finally come true. This story fulfills a bunch of requirements for me, wrapped up into one fantastic book. That's why it's an instant classic and favorite for me, and I am eagerly expecting a sequel! Thank you Chris Colfer!
SPOILER! When Alex and Conner Bailey start to realize that their father had a special connection to The Land of Stories, it seems to empower them by giving them a deeper sense of self-worth as well as the hopeful feeling that their father's legacy is continuing even after his death. I felt a unique connection to this story because I read it after doing a lot of family history research and realizing the amazing family that I have come from (almost like getting to know them after they're long gone). My own awareness of my family's character and achievements has made me feel like a stronger person just as I'm sure Alex and Conner would have felt after learning of their father's family history, so that part of the story gave me a lovely and heart-felt personal connection to savor.
While I'll agree with other readers that this story contains a lot of tales that have already been told, I can't agree that this story is old in and of itself. I really appreciate the way Colfer incorporated the familiar stories and characters with a completely new take on those characters' perspectives, motives, and their current day existence in another dimension. He adds to the complexities of the old stories by further developing them in surprising ways. I'm not a particularly big fan of fairytales, but I wanted to read this book because I'm a fan of Chris Colfer's acting in Glee and I'm also an elementary school educator, so I was naturally curious about the book on different levels. Not only was I pleasantly surprised that Colfer's first book was so completely entertaining (especially the Audible listen - so fun) and thoughtful (there are some really inspiring quotes in this story), I think a large range of kids will enjoy this story as well. It is amusing to have a more modern perspective from the Bailey twins on the fairy tales we already know. If you're looking for a fun, feel-good listen then this could be it!
I thought of this one for grandkids and found that I really enjoyed this read. A whole new look at the classic fairy tales that truly drew me in. I would be interested in more from this author and would not hesitate to download more if offered on Audible.
I really liked how Chris wove many favorite story tales into the main story. Good Job
I don't think authors should preform their own work. I love Chris Colfer as an actor, but his reading of the story had no character differentiation, no change in voice or inflection.
Kate Redding would have been a great choice for narrator.
A different narrator. Chris Colfer should not be reading his own story. As a matter of fact, he should not be writing this story. The Land of Stories is overrun with simple statements, cliches, and similes to the point that I had to stop listening to it.
The action does not even begin until Chapter 5. I was continually rolling my eyes as I listened along to this terribly written story. There are much better children's book authors out there to listen to than waste time on this.
He read the book as if it was the first time he had ever seen the words. I was stunned to learn that he was an actor.
The plot idea was a good one. This audio book needed an author with talent and a background in writing. Simple sentences and similes do not a good book make.
The longer I listened to the story, the more I disliked it and the author. Stopped at Chapter 13. I just could not tolerate a minute more of Chris Colfer reading in a See Jane Run style of sentences.
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
I can't even get through it. I feel sad about it, but while Chris might be a good actor and potentially a fine writer - his rushed read just didn't cut it for me. Maybe i'm just spoiled from really fabulous performances but I honestly gave up after four chapters.
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
Chris may be an actor, but his voice narration is horrible. I wanted to get into this book and the series so badly - sounds like such a great story line. But, I could not get past his banal narration.
Just because you can act in one medium does not make you a professional in another. Hire a real narrator, please.