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A Tale Dark and Grimm

Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Adam Gidwitz makes a sparkling debut with a work that children are sure to request again and again. Not content within the confines of their own tale, Hansel and Gretel skip out on their story and jump into eight other classic Grimm fairy tales. But all is not sugarplums and candy houses. Danger lies ahead, and Hansel and Gretel have much to learn about avoiding witches’ ovens and making sure “The End” isn’t their end.

©2010 Adam Gidwitz (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 05-28-13

Funny retelling of Grimm's tales

My 11 year old loved the humor and fast pace of this book. Johnny Heller's narration was his usual outstanding work; he's well-suited to funny books.

As the parent, I found this an enjoyable listen, but not as compelling as some -- certainly not one I would have finished on my own.

I would not recommend this for a particularly young and sensitive or squeamish child. Although there was nothing problematic for us, my son delighted in telling people that Goldilocks was impaled on a church steeple, or some such. In another episode, parents sacrifice their children. One of the recurring themes was how adults -- and especially parents -- are useless at best, and are usually harmful to their children. Although this is a common theme in children's literature (are there any children's books with good and present parents?) the direct and repeated statement of this proposition would make me shy away from it for a little one, especially coupled with the occasional gore.

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  • Tracy
  • Enfield, CT, United States
  • 11-13-12

Scary, Spooky Fun!

What made the experience of listening to A Tale Dark and Grimm the most enjoyable?

The narrarator made the story come alive! It was like listening to a family member tell a spooky story around a campfire. My nine year old daughter laughed out loud, was incredibly grossed out and very much entertained. She couldn't wait for the long ride home from school so that we could listen to more of the story!

What other book might you compare A Tale Dark and Grimm to and why?

It was a little bit like Harry Potter meets fairy tales gone bad. Very entertaining!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene that was our favorite was how Gretel opened the secret door to the mountain.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We would have loved to!!!

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My kids LOVED this. I was addicted as well.

This is a really great book which takes a novel approach to Grimm's fairy tales. My daughter (8 yrs old), who enjoys spooky stories, took to it like I've never seen her take to any book before.

My son (10 yrs old) who normally doesn't care for even slightly scary stories was also totally hooked.

And despite my best efforts to avoid getting into it, I have to admit I really liked it. My wife did too.

We all really liked it and I've already bought the sequel for us. The story is funny/creepy/exciting and the narration is perfect. Highly recommended.

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  • J
  • 08-30-16

Very engaging!

We could not stop listening! Every free moment was focused on this story! Loved it!

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Love this book, but…

This was one of my favorite books. But I thought it was a little weird when the author kept saying the end. That confused me a lot. But overall this was a great and wonderful book!

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Terrible - not appropriate for kids

Needlessly graphic, as in the father cuts off his childrens' heads, they slit a horses throat, a woman eats her children, Gretel cuts off her own finger, a hunter shoots an arrow through a boys heart, a warlock traps the souls of young girls while dismembering and eating their bodies, a child is gambled to the devil, and the children are forced to kill their father.... I am no stranger to violent stories but this book disguised as a children's story is just gross, even to someone who let's my kids watch Avengers, Arrow, Batman, etc. Not to mention it's just a terrible story!

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Love this book

This was a great book. I loved the adventure and gore that came with it. Not suitable for kids but great for anyone else.

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Great job making sure his audio book I love the narrator and it is very specific

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Very fun listening

Story a bit dark, but enjoyed all the different voices and performances. On to the next one!

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great and grimm

good book but for meture ages and was easy to understand and laugh about it.