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If you're a fan of the Fables series, or fractured fairy tales in general, then you'll enjoy this. Even if you've never read the Fables graphic novels, you're not really missing any back story to jump right in and revel in this fantastic story.
I know a previous reviewer had an issue with Wil Wheaton's narration, but I loved it! His different voices for the characters give them a dimension that other narrators sometimes miss the mark on.
All in all, give me more Fables stories!
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I long ago decided that I would never write a review about a book I had not finished which saved me from giving up on this one too soon. I found the opening chapters cloying and annoyingly cute. As much as I respect Wil Wheaton's work (often remarkably good), I think it was his reading which caused me to put the book aside after an hour and almost not return to it. His introductory narrative voice sounded as though it was aimed at a six year-old auditor and suggested that I was about to spend a large chunk of time wandering through a fairytale which had been cutely fractured.
After spending some time with a few other books, I decided to give Max and Peter one more chance to see if I could at least finish their story and review it. A couple hours later I realized that I was no longer cringing. Wil's voice had taken on a much richer and far less condescending timbre. His usual skill at creating audibly defined characters was operating nicely. And the fairytale setting had darkened and skewed somewhat so that I only recognized it when a familiar name appeared. Of course it still informed the plot, but in ways which were more imaginative and compelling than simply clever. I was, in short, enjoying the trip along this particular road which stretched between the piper's Hamlin and a farm in upstate New York and twisted, along the way, through some of the darker recesses of human behavior. I still could have done without the talking animals, but all in all I am quite happy that I finished the journey.
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If you could sum up Peter & Max in three words, what would they be?
Exciting, dark, compelling
Who was your favorite character and why?
Peter. Most of the story is told from Peter's perspective and he is therefore the most developed character. I would also have loved to read the same story from Bo's point of view.
Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have listened to quite a few audiobooks read by Wil and I would definitely say this is up there as one of the best. It helps that Bill Willingham is a stonkingly good writer, but Wil really brings the characters alive and he clearly loves the text. Every now and again you can hear a page turn, but there is not one falter or oddly running sentence.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listen to books mostly whilst I am driving for work and am usually fairly disciplined at ONLY listening whilst driving (mainly so that I don't run through my credits too quickly!) - but I have to admit, I listened to Peter and Max almost non-stop. Best thing I have read in ages!
Any additional comments?
You definitely don't need to have read the comic books to get into this brilliant novel. I have played the video game The Wolf Among Us (a loose adaptation of some of the comics), but you really could come at this completely unaware of the Fables universe and still have a brilliant time. Highly recommended. One word of warning - you will definitely go and buy all of the comic books after reading!
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