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A Tale Dark and Grimm Audiobook

A Tale Dark and Grimm

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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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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 05-28-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Enfield, CT, United States 11-13-12
    Tracy Enfield, CT, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "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!!!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-11-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-11-14 Member Since 2016
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J 08-30-16
    J 08-30-16
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    "Very engaging!"

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

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    Ja'Lyn Hicks 07-18-17
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    "Amazing"

    loved the book. hilarious narration and i couldnt stop listening to it. highly reccomend this book

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    Tasha Posselt 07-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wow! great book and narrator"

    the narrator was great. did voices and didn't sounds boring or even that he was reading it. great story too.

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    Ashley Monfette 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not for children"

    I absolutely feel in love with this story, so much so that I purchased all the books. The narrator has a way about him and how he takes you in to the stories and envelopes you mind. If I could give more stars I would.😃

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful family road trip story!"

    This took my family of four from Virginia Beach all the way to Princeton, West Virginia...most of a day of driving. We loved it!

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    Virginia G. Pratt 07-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent narration of an entertaining story"

    Adam Gidwitz does a clever job of winding the famous characters Hansel and Gretel through a number of Grimms' lesser known fairy tales. Heller's narration and performance of the various voices is excellent and makes this a great audio read!

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    Maureen O'Hara 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really cool!"

    Awesome story! Awesome format! I love the dark humor and the style of writing. It was very engaging. Really enjoyed the narrator too!

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