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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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    "One of my favorite fantasy series !"

    I've always been drawn to fantasy but the 500 Kingdoms series is different in that I continue to re-read/listen to the 5 available on Audible more than any other series I own (and that is A LOT) These stories are some of best fairy tales for adults I've found. Just the thing to listen to after a stressful day to get my head back in the clouds where it belongs!

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    Christabel Darcey 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "first time I've listened"

    this is the first audio book I've ever listen to and I found I loved it! I read the Fairy Godmother before and enjoyed it. listening to it even more so. My job is very tedious and my boss very laid back he allows us to listen to music or watch show and listen to my favorite books makes time and the work fly by.

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    Bernadette Sharpe 03-05-17
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    "Great for a long car ride!"

    The narrator's voice brought the story to a colorful life. The story is a great imagination of how fairy tales work.

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    "pretty good :)"

    i am happy that it is not about teenagers. the story was interesting and got my attention

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    "A unique twist on a wonderful story!"

    I love this entire series. It's a collection your read or in this case listen to again and again.

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    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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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-14-14
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2016
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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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    12/3/13
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    "A good twist on an old favourite"
    Where does The Fairy Godmother rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It’s one of my favourite stories to listen to, I can’t say that I have rankings as there are too many I enjoy


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a new twist on an old tale, we are so used to fairy tales that’s it’s refreshing to see a new spin on them. The idea that someone can break their “destiny” is a fun one and also one we can empathize with.


    Any additional comments?

    Any of Mercedes Lackeys books are worth reading, she has a way with words that makes characters real. They are not fairy tale characters with a happy ending, they usually have to fight to get it. Fantasy with a dose of reality hidden behind the story.

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  • AnnB
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    12/1/13
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    "An entertaining read"

    This audiobook was very well written and and kept me entertained and engaged. Lackey has produced a story that takes a very wry and alternative look at a well known fairy tale (Cinderella) and has produced a version of the story that veers away from the traditional pathway and into another, more interesting path.
    In this book the central female character, who is normally portrayed traditionally as the 'helpless girl in need of a rescuer' (invariably male in the traditional tales) is the architect of her own rescue and indeed the shaper of her own destiny. In this tale the characters (including the fairy godmother) are constantly waging a war against 'The Tradition', which is constantly trying to move the characters and situations into the well-worn grooves of the traditional tales (champions must always slay dragons, stepmothers are always evil, witches always wear black…). There is humour aplenty amid the reworking of this tale and was enjoyable all the way through.
    The narrator is excellent, with a beautiful voice, well suited to the story.

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