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The Fairy Godmother Audiobook

The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Heralds of Valdemar series comes an enchanting new novel.

In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale....

Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land.

But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale. In fact, one of them was so ornery that Elena could do nothing but change him into a donkey.

Still, her practical nature couldn't let him roam the country, so she brought the donkey - er, the prince! - home to her cottage to teach him some lessons. All the while keeping in mind that breaking with tradition can land everyone into a kettle of fish - sometimes literally!

And so begins a whole new tale....

©2004 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Teresa SARAH, MS, United States 05-09-15
    Teresa SARAH, MS, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    loved the book can't wait till the next one. an unexpected surprise . kept me interested

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    Iben 02-07-15
    Iben 02-07-15
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    "So good"

    Such a go girl story. Love love it. Am now listening to it for the 3rd time and than will not be the last. I am sure.

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    Amazon Customer United States 01-27-15
    Amazon Customer United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    a little slow at first but was worth the wait for the story to develop

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    Angela Western North Carolina 12-27-14
    Angela Western North Carolina 12-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fun New Trip Down Old Paths"

    As you know, there have been dozens and dozens of twists and turns applied to the old fairy tales we grew up with as children. They range from the ridiculous to the sublime and have been done by good authors, bad authors and great authors. Mercedes Lackey has been a staple in the fantasy world for quite some time and, though I had never read her novels until now, I knew of her and know many who love her. When I was presented with this series I was skeptical of yet another take on the old fairy tales but I wanted something fun and I was assured that this was what I was looking for. Guess what...? They were right. I fell in love with these novels and have devoured them all in a matter of months.

    The overall score I provide here has to do with the reader, rather than the story. As you can see, the story received a 5 star vote from me. Gabra Zakman is a fun and enthusiastic reader; however, I felt there was something to be desired in her reading of certain characters, mostly the males. She did grow on me though and her rendition was not such that it kept me returning again and again to the Five Hundred Kingdoms. I am now on my second go through and am loving these stories just as much the second time.

    If you love Mercedes Lackey or if you just want something light and fun, please give these novels a whirl. I hope you love them as much as I do.

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    Amazon Customer Cincinnati, Ohio United States 12-22-14
    Amazon Customer Cincinnati, Ohio United States 12-22-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Best of the 500 Kingdom books"

    Gabra Zackman isn't my favorite narrator but she does a fairly good job with all the different voices and with managing to keep those voices separate and distinct. In my opinion this is the best of Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms books.

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    katie 09-18-14
    katie 09-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Enjoyable listen with adventure, love and fun!"
    Would you listen to The Fairy Godmother again? Why?

    Yes, its an old favourite story and the performance is good.
    Its a good introduction into Mercedes Lackey's series: The Five Hundred Kingdoms.
    An enjoyable story with a worthy orphan girl, an evil stepmother, a Fairy Godmother, silly prince and redemption.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fairy Godmother?

    I did like the cat skidding down the armour and into the giants hand!


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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-14-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "Disappointing"

    Genre: Fantasy
    Elena Klovis (AKA Ella Cinders) misses her chance at Prince Charming because he's only 6 years old. It looks like she'll live out her days as the abused servant to her wicked step-mother and selfish step-sisters. But they skip town on their creditors, leaving Elena behind. The creditors take everything left in the house, so Elena decides to try to find a job serving in someone else's household. But no one will hire her because, by law, as an un married woman she still belongs to her step-mother. Along comes her fairy godmother, who takes her on as an apprentice. And so follows a retelling of some fairy tale traditions.
    The biggest problem with this book is that the author felt the need to explain and define every little thing. It was almost like she thought her readers had never been exposed to fairy tales, so she needed to explain how they work in order to diverge from the form. I skipped a two hour block and felt like I missed nothing. I also checked FB, caught up on GR, and referred to my Audible wish list while I was listening. I listened with "half an ear" and still understood what was going on.
    Narration was average. There was a bit of over-emoting, but it's a fairy tale so perhaps understandable. I had heard this reader's narration of the Sophie Katz mysteries and enjoyed her performance. Sometimes a narrator can't really switch between genres, but I think Ms Zackman was able to do so.
    I got this on sale, and I suppose it was worth the money. Not so much the time.

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    S Jones 05-30-14
    S Jones 05-30-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Cute and fun to listen to"

    While parts of the writing may seem to be a bit 'young adult' there a few steamy parts that I would not want my teen nieces to hear - but nothing too x rated. An all round fun read.
    The narrator was easy to listen to and the Cinderella theme was not too overbearing.

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    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 05-16-14
    aleshia Manchester, NH, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2016

    Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.

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    "Very cute"

    This was a very cute twist on a Cinderella fairy tale. I really enjoyed this.

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    Linda 03-05-14
    Linda 03-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Made me realize I'm not a Lackey fan"
    Where does The Fairy Godmother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second lowest after Divergent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ABC's Once Upon a Time with no evil characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because I remember enjoying Lackey as a teenager, but listening to The Fairy Godmother made me realize I'm no longer a Lackey fan. The story is a bit too predictable and the characters have little depth-- no one is particularly likable. It was particularly disappointing that there was so much that Lackey could've played with or manipulated from the rich fairy traditions, but alas, there's shamefully little imaginative transformations. This may be a unfair/harsh assessment though, because I'd just finished the Mistborn trilogy before starting this one, and eating crackers after a gourmet meal is just not that appetizing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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