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By cosmitron on 03-22-18
Fractured fairy tales for adults.
What did you love best about Once Upon a Reality: Twisted Spins on the Classics?
The concept of taking classical fairy tales and sort of putting them in an alternative Universe.
What other book might you compare Once Upon a Reality: Twisted Spins on the Classics to and why?
Which character – as performed by Tiffany Marz – was your favorite?
Pinocchio........ was very well done.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The same as my Headline ............Fractured fairy tales for adults.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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By Tatiana on 03-26-18
Pass on this one
This was interesting in places, but I would not recommend using a credit on it. At first I thought it would be great, but I soon found that the initially interesting stories (which do not make up the whole book; I'll explain soon) all followed the strange pattern of getting about 2/3 of the way done and then summarizing the last part in a few meager sentences. You get drawn in and are anxious to know what happens next, and then it's like, what? That's it? Every single time.
In addition to that, many segments of these stories were written in a fairly juvenile manner, and could have benefited from a good editor.
The narration, also, took a wrong turn. I thought the sample sounded great, but for about 50% the book, the narrator put on an absolutely atrocious fake British accent that was, for me, totally unlistenable. I had to skip through these parts. Honestly, I have no idea how they could even send it out like this.
Then there were the parts that came before the sparsely scattered 'interesting parts' or the book, which is to say, the ACTUAL story adaptations that we are supposed to be getting here. These were basically bare-metal explanations of the original fairy tales on which the stores were based, and were boring and tedious in the extreme. If you are like me, you were drawn to this book because you already have an interest in fairy tales, and have likely heard all these stories before in their original form. Why the authors though we would need to hear them again in this dissected and styleless form--thrown on a sterile, stainless steel tray with every bit of storytelling nuance snipped out of them--I have no idea.
To sum it up, the modernized fairy tale adaptations were vaguely interesting, but they did not make up a large enough portion of the book to make it worthwhile. Since the book itself is only 3 and a half hours long, I would say the parts I could actually tolerate were less than an hour. On top of that, the price point of this book (currently a little over $10 for members), is in my opinion too much for a 3.5 hour audiobook--much less one where 2/3 of the book are essentially meaningless fluff.
So I would recommend you skip this one. If it were less than $5 it might be worth it, but as it is, and for the substance we are given, I would definitely pass.
I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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By Norma Miles on 05-28-18
Sometimes broken things are there to teach others.
A delicious idea: rewrite some classic fairytales as modern reality stories. But the reality is the reinterpretations are mostly tedious and no less unreal than their predecessors. Seven original stories, including Puss in Boots, Pinocchio and Hansel and Gretel, were selected - some much better known than the others. The originals are briefly outlined before the new tales are given. For some reason, this reader had expected that these new interpretations would be plausible, probably sad or horrific, but nevertheless true to life. Yes, a couple are but mostly they are just the same old stories in a loose disguise. A few are fresh - like a completely new look at Puss in Boots, and one Little Match Girl retelling was heartbreakingly real but mostly it's same old same old.
The narration by Tiffany Marz was clear but too slow, needing to be speeded to 1.25. and, like the stories themselves, uninspired, if acceptable.
My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Once Upon a Reality, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Sadly, I had expected far more than was delivered in the story contents which often also seemed not fully finished but rushed and in need of fine tuning editting or, preferably, complete rewriting.