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The Land of Stories Audiobook

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

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Publisher's Summary

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

©2012 Chris Colfer (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 07-29-12
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not just for the little ones"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. 12-15-16
    C. 12-15-16

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like to read YA fantasy but this book is really for little kids.


    What could Chris Colfer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The performance was awful. Perhaps a professional could make this more tolerable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I believe the author read the book. Went way too fast--no acting ability whatsoever.


    What character would you cut from The Land of Stories?

    Really doesn't matter.


    Any additional comments?

    A lesson in how professional narration could make a difference.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-27-12
    Michael 08-27-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story"
    What did you like best about The Land of Stories? What did you like least?

    I really liked how Chris wove many favorite story tales into the main story. Good Job


    What didn’t you like about Chris Colfer’s performance?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate Redding would have been a great choice for narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 08-08-14
    Annette 08-08-14

    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...

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    "a better narrator might have made it different"

    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.

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    ButterflyRose 09-14-14
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    "Good plot line but bad writing ruins it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Chris Colfer’s story?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Chris Colfer’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    GlendaSue Wisconsin 06-21-17
    GlendaSue Wisconsin 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Kids? I think not. I LOVED this!!"

    I loved everything about this! The story. The details. I read like I'm watching a movie. This was HD in my brain! And, I know he wrote them, but what a performance! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!! On to book 2!

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    05-29-17
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    I read the text copy and loved it and love the audio version as well

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    jettie tolbert 05-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "best book I've read in a while"

    loved it great adventure and action good story line lot's of fun land of stories

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    Elizabeth M. Corbett Northeast, OH 04-21-17
    Elizabeth M. Corbett Northeast, OH 04-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "It was the narration..."

    I have a hard time with the narration after watching 6 or 7 seasons of Glee with the author as the character Kurt. The only thing I can picture is Kurt Hummel and it distracts from the story.

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    Lua Matchie 04-13-17
    Lua Matchie 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful stories!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Land of Stories to be better than the print version?

    Yes but only because Chris Colfer does an AMAZING job reading this story and really helps you get to know each individual character.


    What other book might you compare The Land of Stories to and why?

    He uses all the original fairy tale stories to bring his story together.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Colfer – was your favorite?

    I love Conner! His sarcasm and honesty make me laugh every chapter.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My daughter and I read this together. There were moments that she laughed so hard she started crying. We had to reply those moments a few times because we wanted to re-live them over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    We downloaded this audible version so that we had something to listen to on a 12 hour road trip we recently made. This book kept us so entertained that I could have driven another 12 hours with no problems. We ended up downloading the 2nd book for the ride home and it is just as amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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