Peter & Max

  • by Bill Willingham
  • Narrated by Wil Wheaton
  • 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother, Max, encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably.
Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music, and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.
Writer Bill Willingham deftly weaves a story of adventure and dark fantasy that will keep listeners riveted until the final, fateful last words.
Fans of the ongoing Fables series will uncover the secret histories of some of their favorite characters, including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep to name a few.


What the Critics Say

"Though it toys with notions of mythology and its origins, this work still keeps true to the spirit of the Brothers Grimm: dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not just for Fables fans only

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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- Josh

Not Disappointed

I have to imagine a large percentage of readers and listeners of this piece will be fans of Willingham's Fables comic series. I've been following that series for a couple of years now and have never been disappointed by the high quality of storytelling and Willingham's ability to surprise me. Having finished listening to Peter & Max, I can tell you this story holds up quite nicely to the high mark set by Fables. That said, I think it's also clear that Mr. Willingham hasn't found his prose voice yet, despite the strength of his writing voice in comics. There were times I felt he tried too hard to describe a character or a character's feelings, when really I'd already formed the picture in my mind a couple of sentences earlier. There were also times where the writing was so wonderfully vivid that the scenes were quite evocative. The scene where Max attacks his father leaps to mind, where any doubt of Max's insanity and capacity for brutality were completely removed.

Wil Wheaton's reading I found to be quite pleasant. Only once or twice did I feel like he'd made a goofy choice of voice for a character, but in retrospect I think he did that quite on purpose to match the given scene. Some of his work was stunningly good, like his work as Frau Totenkinder. Also his timing as a reader, thanks to what I know are good sketch comedy chops, I find to be impeccable. If I have any complaints it would be that on several occasions he finished sentences with such a drop in volume that I often lost the last word of the sentence if I was listening in the car. Never a problem in headphones, only if there was ambient noise to deal with. (A side note: I highly recommend Wheaton's autobiographical book and audiobook, 'Just a Geek.')

It's clear that Willingham has tapped into a rich and fascinating world that can support stories in many mediums; I look forward to more prose and more comics!
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- Lou

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio