The Stillness of the Sky: A Flipped Fairy Tale

Flipped Fairy Tales, Book 2
Narrated by: Starla Huchton
Series: Flipped Fairy Tales, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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Once upon a time, my life was certain: It was insignificant, and it was cruel. But I refused to let it define me, no matter how great the cost.

Once upon a time, I made a wish. The world I knew grew wider than the sky and higher than the stars, and I listened to the voice within me, reaching out for freedom.

Once upon a time, my wish became my fate, and my destiny the hardest lesson to learn: Kindness may be the most difficult path, but it can save entire kingdoms.

©2015 Starla Huchton (P)2019 2019

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Delightful

This was a delightful re-telling of fairy tales. Innocent in every way, beautiful for children and adults. The heart of this book is inspiring, inspiring us to kindness and hope. I was given this book at my request in exchange for an honest review. I am grateful, it was very uplifting. Sharla Huchton is a gifted writer and narrator. Her skill in communicating the personalities of male and female characters was impressive. As a children's book, I give it four stars; for the performance, five stars. I wish I could have given it ten stars for the performance.

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Even Better then the First Book

We love the flipped fairy tales and although we really enjoyed the first book this one was even better. Having the author read this was pretty amazing - she was a great narrator and it just shows that some authors really should be the readers of their stories. This was pretty different from the original tale of Jack and the Bean Stalk but it does seem to be the trend in most media to portray the females as the strong heroine character - not complaining. If you like the flipped or redone fairy tale type stories then you should give this one a try.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Amazing Reverse Jack in the Beanstalk

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Yet another amazing book by this amazing author! I loved Jack! She was brave and strong. She was just a good character. I also loved her bird Rowe! This story was unique and wonderful. I couldn't put it down. I loved the singing. The narration was fabulous. I love fairytale retellings and this is a great one!

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Intriguing and fascinating

I received this copy for a fair and unbiased review.

I loved this book. Jack was an amazing and deep character that held me in the story from the beginning to the end. It was a new and fun twist on the story but it was more than that. It was an original story all it’s own. The songs and performances were brilliant.
I also loved the bonus short story at the end that gave more depth to the story. I cannot wait to hear more by this author.

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Once again, amazing!

I read the first of Starla’s flipped fairytales and loved it! This book seemed a little different, with what I consider to be a slightly bigger deviation from the original fairytale, but did not fail to disappoint! I found the first chapter or two a bit of a struggle to get through, but after that I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I really appreciated the message of kindness and compassion towards others, I think it’s a good message to keep in mind but one that can get lost or forgotten in modern day, fast-paced life. I also liked the subtle references to the first book included in this one (while reading the first is by no means necessary to enjoy this story, I recommend it anyway just because it was a great book)

The narration of the audiobook is decent. The sound quality is good with no issues or excessive pauses, however the narrator I’d say is average. Not bad by any means, but I’ve heard better.

Overall I highly recommend these flipped fairytales and can’t wait for more in the series!

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Wonderful adventure

Can’t say enough how much Ioved this book! I was a little skeptical with the author narrating but she was fantastic! I can’t wait to get the rest of the flipped fairy tales.

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Very good

Lovely voice. Good storyline. Now I have to listen to book one I can’t wait for it

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I love when a fairytale is "flipped" and it is...

Better than the original. The author read this audiobook and showed her talent not only as a writer but a reader who brought her characters to life. I loved that it was her kindness that lead her even though she came from a dark beginning it did not sour her world view. I reccomend for anyone who likes seeing the stories they grew up with grow too.
This audiobook was given free in exchange for an honest review.

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A Bard's Tale

The Stillness of the Sky: A Flipped Fairy Tale Flipped Fairy Tales, Book 2
Author: Starla Huchton
Narrator: Starla Huchton
Listening Time: 8 Hrs. 56 Min.

Disclaimer: "This Audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost, in exchange for an unbiased honest review."

I always like to preface any reviews I give with this information.
I am a 68 year old female who has been an avid reader since I was around 10 or 11 years old.
I read primarily for pleasure.
I have a great many interests and do a lot of research for personal pleasure and knowledge as well.

Review: This is a review of the Audiobook Version.

First of all I have to tell you that I was enthralled with this wonderful and magical story!
Who among us didn't love Fairy Tales as children and look back fondly at them from our adult perspective and wish some of them could have come true?

This is a superb flipped perspective of Jack and the Beanstalk, and truthfully this is a much better story than the original, (in my humble opinion).

Without going into too much detail in the story line I found it quite interesting that evil wore another face than the one we usually associate with the original fairy tale.

When I read/listen to a book/audiobook, or watch a movie, or the news, my mind is always looking for what the intent of the story is. What lesson is couched in the story itself? Is there a moral to the story? What is the author trying to get me to see? There are so many layers of meaning that can be possible; some obvious and others more subtle.

One of the things I truly enjoyed was the progression of "Jack's" character. The things she came to realize and understand. Her ability to have the courage to confront her fears and to be brave.

Life is more about the journey, than the destination. I never used to believe that but as I have matured in life I have come to see that it is what we learn along the way on our journey that shapes who we are. Without the life experiences we live through, (and sometimes the suffering we experience), we would be far less without having experienced those things that helped shape us.

This is one of the lessons in this Flipped Fairy Tale. I will leave the rest to you to discover.

Perhaps the most lovely and beautiful part of this audiobook was the singing the narrator/author did. This addition was so charming and an integral part of the story line; after all that is what a Bard does.

Author Starla Huchton is an author I had never read, or heard before and I am so amazed at the purity of her writing and the lessons within. Since she is also the narrator/voice actor, I can only tell you that if you miss this gem of a story, you will be poorer for it.

I also loved Ro and was so very pleased to see an additional short story about his life included.

This is a story that I think anyone from the ages of 7 and above would love to read, or hear and be charmed by.

Get the book! You will be so happy you did!

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Wonderful

Such a wonderful tale. I enjoyed the blending of this story with some fairytales. Dark at times, yet she kept her goal of kindness.
The author also narrated and did an excellent job. Her voice was clear, expressive and the brief moments of singing were lovely.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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  • jim.a
  • 10-02-19

Author Narrator a perfect mix

This my second Flipped fairy Tales book, and My review has to feature how well the vision of the story and its narrations have come together in a way only the visionary's writer could portray, In this case both narrator and Writer ate the same, and a great pairing. I normally cringe when a narrator has to sing a melody, but wow Starla could bring out an album ad it would sell in droves. I could almost see her vocals. The story a mashup of a female Jack and the beanstalk goes haywire. Kept me well entertained throughout, at some point I was thinking where is this going. to be brought in line. A realy enjoyable book and well worth the time and respect given. Jim