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Peter & Max Audiobook

Peter & Max: A Fables Novel

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Publisher's Summary

When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother, Max, encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably.

Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music, and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

Writer Bill Willingham deftly weaves a story of adventure and dark fantasy that will keep listeners riveted until the final, fateful last words.

Fans of the ongoing Fables series will uncover the secret histories of some of their favorite characters, including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep to name a few.

©2009 Bill Willingham; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Though it toys with notions of mythology and its origins, this work still keeps true to the spirit of the Brothers Grimm: dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-27-16
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 06-27-16 Member Since 2017

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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    "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers."

    Twisted Mother Goose fables for sure, this story is on the dark side. The story goes back and forth between times. The story starts off as Peter is older and has seen many tragedies and also when he was about 10, which is when all the bad things begins. Jealousy tears apart the Piper family. There are many familiar characters in the story that are house hold names, almost too many to keep track of. I was leery about Bo Peep, she was kinda a rag at first, but under the circumstances I probably would be too, she does get better. This story is geared towards adults, at first I thought it was a children's book, but while older kids would understand the book, it is for adults. It takes about an hour and a half before the story really gets interesting, that can also be said about the narrator. I almost didn't like his voice at first, but he does smooth out and gets better as the story goes along. 3.5 overall.

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    Mary Fendrick 06-26-16
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    "Another Great Will Wheaton Performance!"

    New to Fables. Loved every minute of the back story to so many fairy tales.

    Wil Wheaton has recorded another excellent performance. I am tracking then down one by one.

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    lbanderson 05-15-16
    lbanderson 05-15-16
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    "Stilted at the end!"

    Overall the book was amazing. I loved it right up until the end. Max's demise was underwhelming. Still worth a listen and it's quite good.

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    me 03-01-16
    me 03-01-16

    I don't like you much.

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    "Love the comic love the book"
    If you could sum up Peter & Max in three words, what would they be?

    A great book!


    What other book might you compare Peter & Max to and why?

    The comic Fables because it's in the same world of the comic Fables


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil Wheaton always does a great job in reading his books I find it so funny that he's known mostly for his roll in Star Trek but his best performances come from his reading oh and The Guild that show is so awesome!!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the ending it was so quick but yet so good i was nervous that it was gonna end bad because i could tell the book was about to end but couldn't see how it would in a good way at the end I was shocked and not disappointed at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The Guild is so awesome!!!!!!!

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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-10-15
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 09-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Ridiculously One Dimensional Villan"
    What disappointed you about Peter & Max?

    The poorly written dialogue. The simplistic characters. The over-acted narration. Basically, everything. The story has a lot of potential that was unrealized buy not the author and narrator.


    Has Peter & Max turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wil Wheaton?

    Scott Brick, Simon Vance, George Guidall, ect. I am not a fan of actors doing narration of audiobooks. Most of them, like Will's performance here, overact their role and make the narration more about the performance rather than the story that they are reading.


    What character would you cut from Peter & Max?

    Max. He was such a one dimensional, whinny, and boring bad guy. He was, in my opinion, far and away the worst character in the book. I might also get rid of Peter and Max's father. He was an awful father. He clearly played favorites and alienated his youngest son. If he would have been a halfway decent father this whole story wouldn't have ever happened.


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    Amazon Customer 02-13-15
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    "Unknown target audience"

    Seems too intense for children and too childish for adults but Wil Wheaton did a fine job.

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    Michael Moore 02-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fables debuts in the prose world"

    Wil Wheaton does an excellent job reading Bill Willingham's first Fables Novel. This book gives you everything you'd expect from a Fables sorry with the added benefit of not knowing the outcome even if you've been reading the comics since issue one.

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    Jeannie 01-22-15
    Jeannie 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Excellent"

    I just hope that more of the Fables graphic novels find their way to audio. I vote for Will Wheaton as the de facto narrator for the series!

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    G. McDermott 12-09-14
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    "Not a Fabulous Fable"
    Would you try another book from Bill Willingham and/or Wil Wheaton?

    I love the Fables comics by Willingham, but I wasn't so fond of his novel style here.<br/><br/>As for Wil, his narration is pretty much guarantees I'll purchase it on sight.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I always, always love Wil performances.


    Did Peter & Max inspire you to do anything?

    Go and reread Fables Vol 1-3.


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    Ttim San Francisco, CA, United States 11-03-14
    Ttim San Francisco, CA, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A very average listen"

    Its easy to see how this book originated from a comic form. The characters are cardboard cut outs and the dialogue is cartoonish.
    The story itself is simplestic and the ending is abrupt and very underwhelming.
    However, for all its faults the book wasn't that bad except for the fact that Wil Wheaton insisted in narrating the book as if he was reading to a 5 year old. Ok, I know this is based on a fable, but the book is definitely for adults and the narrators reading style was not suited at all. Added to that was his tendency to let his voice fade away at the end of sentences, making hearing what was saying quite difficult.

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